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#1 Large Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @EdwardJones U.S. Corporate Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri Industry: Financial services Status: Private partnership U.S. Employees: 42,505 Oklahoma Employees: 587 Year Founded: 1922 Company Leader: Mary Maddux, financial adviser and regional leader E dward Jones associates come to the financial services firm for a career, not a job, and they find flexible, family-friendly workplaces near their own homes. Each Edward Jones neighborhood branch has one financial adviser and a branch office administrator serving clients in its communities. The regional leadership structure of the firm creates development centers, where financial advisers can volunteer for leadership roles, get develop- ment coaching and earn opportunities for permanent leadership roles in their region or at home offices. Branch office administrators can improve their earnings as senior branch office administrators, volunteer for lead- ership roles and even become financial advisers. Successfully serving clients results in financial advisers and branch office administrators earning trimester bonuses, annual profit sharing – 24 percent of net profits – and the opportunity to own a piece of the firm through limited partnership. Additional benefits include paid parental leave for births or adop- tions – 16 weeks for primary caregivers and two weeks for secondary caregivers. The Trimester Challenge is a client-related contest launched every four months, open to any branch office administrator. There’s no limit on the number of winners and branch associates can win gift cards, turkeys, hams or cheesecakes. 10 2018 Best Places to Work Edward Jones associates also enjoy flexible, family-friendly workplaces and gratifying work helping clients in neighborhoods where they live and work. “Volunteerism is fundamental to the Edward Jones culture and asso- ciates have the opportunity to give back,” said Mary Maddox, financial adviser and regional leader. Home-office associates get one paid “Day of Caring” annually and in the various branches, volunteerism during the workday is common and expected. Community involvement is encouraged as associates embrace causes such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a firmwide cause. Healthy lifestyles are also encouraged at Edward Jones. The wellness program offers biometric screenings, premium discounts, and one-on- one health and weight-loss telephone and online coaching. Since 2016, Edward Jones has distributed a Fitting in Fitness stretch and strengthen- ing guide with free exercise bands. “Our 2017 Keeping up with Joneses fitness challenge drew 11,990 as- sociates who competed in teams to hit 8,500 steps a day,” said Maddox. “Participants got discounted fitness trackers and recorded 2.6 billion steps during the 29-day challenge, Fitting It All In. Giveaways and con- tests abound. We give away Super Bowl trips, Cardinals, Blues and local sports game tickets, turkeys and ice cream and award very popular Jeans Days in our home offices for special achievements.” The Journal Record