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St. Louis, MO – Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks No. 4 on the newly released 2018 Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. The firm is the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list.
The ranking considered more than 540,000 employee surveys from Great Place to Work-Certified companies.
“This ranking, based upon feedback from our own associates, confirms that we have a wonderful career opportunity for women. Our family-friendly workplace includes generous leave for caregivers and flexible work arrangements,” says Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “We offer women financial advisors a dedicated network of mentoring and support. Our financial advisors run their own businesses built upon the hard work of developing personal relationships with clients, and our success is measured by helping clients achieve their financial goals.”
Great Place to Work, a global analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experiences on the job. These included the extent to which employees, particularly women, trust leaders; the respect with which people are treated; the fairness of workplace decisions; and how much camaraderie there is among the team.
The Best Workplaces for Women stand out for creating great workplaces for all employees, regardless of gender or other personal characteristics. Weddle was among the first 150 CEOs to sign the "CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion" pledge, a nationwide initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace as a means to improve corporate performance, drive growth and enhance employee engagement.
Coincidentally, this week Edward Jones is celebrating its ninth annual Inclusion and Diversity Week with a variety of programs and events to help increase associate awareness and engagement, while helping the firm achieve one of its core strategies: increasing the capabilities and diversity of associates and leaders.
Best Workplaces rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, and where women have equally great experiences as employees of other genders, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.
“This year, we pledged to close the employee experience gender gap by 2020, and these winning organizations are leading the way in achieving this mission, proving that all companies, regardless of their industry, size or complexity, can be great workplaces for women,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Empowering women in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s a business imperative. Organizations can create their own equitable cultures by learning from the companies on this list, who get women’s buy-in of the mission and inspire them to innovate, driving the entire company forward.”
The Best Workplaces for Women list is among a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Edward Jones also was ranked the No. 5 overall Best Company to Work in 2018 and as a Best Workplace for millennials and those in the financial services and insurance industry, among others.