Forty-seven thousand Edward Jones associates across the U.S. and Canada are all focused on one thing – making a significant, positive difference for the firm’s clients. Whether working with people, processes or technology, every associate contributes to the client experience which helps to create a shared sense of purpose. Kids can go to college, people can retire to a life they’ve envisioned, aging adults can afford quality health services – these create the powerful sense of purpose that motivates associates every day.
Four core values guide the firm – client focus, respect for individuals, a long-term, quality investment philosophy and a spirit of partnership. A partnership not only in spirit but in structure, as well, as nearly half of the associates own part of the firm. As a partnership there are no stockholders to answer to, only the firm itself, and that ensures that clients’ interests always comes first.
Giving back to the community
Associates at Edward Jones are committed not only to their clients but also the communities in which they live and work. Those in the St. Louis home office receive a paid Day of Caring to volunteer, and in branches (there are 478 in the St. Louis metro area), the business model encourages community volunteerism. All are free to offer their time to the types of volunteer work that personally rewards them.
Edward Jones is the National Presenting Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. St. Louis associates organized 201 teams, raising $572,500. The firm’s total national contribution to the Association in 2018 was $6 million.
The generosity didn’t stop with one organization. Workplace giving campaigns generated $6.8 million for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and $700,000 for the Arts & Education Council.
This past year, Edward Jones was once again named to People magazine’s “50 Companies That Care” list, which is largely based on the generosity of each firm’s charitable work and its benefits.
Opportunities for growth
Professional growth is accessible for the asking. Veterans help rookie financial advisors succeed, volunteer for leadership positions, then may be selected for regional leader, area leader, region-based principal and home-office leadership roles. The majority of firm principals started as financial advisors, so this represents an important leadership resource. Across the firm, mentoring, coaching and advanced training help associates progress toward the goals they themselves set.
The firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives are instrumental in fostering an environment that encourages new and innovative thinking and acknowledges the positive contributions individuals from diverse backgrounds can make in the success of the firm.
What others say
This is the eighth year that Edward Jones has been named a Top Company to Work for in St. Louis. The firm has been named nationally to FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work for 20 years, earning the No. 7 spot in 2018.
In 2019, Edward Jones was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes magazine. In 2018, Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE named Edward Jones the No. 1 Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance, No. 3 for Millennials, No. 4 for Women and No. 7 for Parents.
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