ST. LOUIS, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2014" list in its 15th appearance on the prestigious list. Edward Jones was the highest ranking financial-services firm.
Edward Jones' 15 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top 5 rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.
"We're proud of our 38,000 associates who work together in partnership and strive to offer the personalized guidance, solutions and exceptional service our clients value," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. "Across our firm, we are motivated by the opportunity to serve individual investors and make a meaningful and significant difference in their lives."
In the FORTUNE survey of associates, 96 percent of Edward Jones associates said they are proud to work at Edward Jones.
"We care deeply about our clients, our communities and each other," Weddle said.
The survey also revealed that 96 percent of Edward Jones respondents say firm leadership is honest and ethical; 93 percent say they are offered the training and development they need; and 95 percent feel pride in what they accomplish.
The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 3 issue of FORTUNE and now at www.fortune.com.
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000 financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals - from college savings to retirement - and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Follow Edward Jones on Twitter @EdwardJones. Member SIPC.
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