Baird Ranks No. 12 Among Fortune’s Best Places to Work in 2018


Baird, the financial services firm ranked as the country’s No. 1 municipal bond underwriter in 2017, has earned another major accolade.

Fortune has ranked Baird No. 12 on its 2018 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. This is the firm’s 15th consecutive year on the list.

“We are deeply committed to creating a great workplace environment for all of our associates so that they can thrive and provide the best advice and service to our clients,” said Steve Booth, Baird President and CEO. “Being a great place to work is fundamental to who we are as a firm, and we are honored to be recognized by Fortune for the past 15 years.”

Fortune partners annually with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. In their review of Baird, Fortune highlighted the firm’s collaborative culture: “This global financial services giant defies industry stereotypes by encouraging employees to take time off and ensure their family comes first.”

Audrey Bear, who leads Baird’s Public Finance Office in Pennsylvania, has found that Baird’s culture is as much a benefit for clients as it is for associates.

“What makes Baird so special, especially within public finance, is that everyone here believes in putting the client first – that if you take care of the client, everything else will fall into place,” she said. “When we bring a new banker on, the first question isn’t ‘What can you do for us?’ It’s ‘What can we do to make it easier to serve your important client relationships?’

“This attitude is a breath of fresh air in our industry.”

Baird provides wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity expertise through offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The firm offers public finance underwriting and advisory services from offices coast to coast, including Pennsylvania.

Audrey Bear, who leads Baird’s Public Finance Office in Pennsylvania, can be reached at 877-792-7506.

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