​Two Wisconsin companies make top 10 in Fortune’s '100 Best Companies' list

Published Thursday, March 9, 2017
by Milwaukee Business Journal

Two Wisconsin companies earned spots on Fortune’s latest “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and both placed in the top 10.

The rankings are based on employee ratings of workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel toward leaders, the pride they take in their jobs and the camaraderie they experience with their colleagues. The ratings comes from reviews conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute.

Milwaukee-based investment and financial services firm Baird ranked fourth on the list, placing near the top because of “high marks for a company culture that values integrity and teamwork.”

“At Baird, founded in 1919 and privately owned, two-thirds of employees are currently shareholders,” Fortune said. “The feeling, says one, is that ‘everyone is playing the same game and we are all equal contributors.’”

With revenue of $1.2 billion, Baird has 3,196 U.S. employees and of 1,121 employees surveyed, 94 percent rated the workplace as “great.”

Ranking ninth was Sheboygan casualty and property insurer Acuity, which has 1,201 employees and worldwide revenue of $1.3 billion. Of 1,015 employees surveyed, 96 percent rated their workplace as great.

Workplace perks include a 65-foot Ferris wheel at its corporate headquarters in Sheboygan used for local fundraising events, a 45-foot climbing wall and a jeans-friendly dress policy. The company also has an atmosphere in which employees feel “a sense of purpose and responsibility.” Workers can also vote to direct the company’s charitable giving.

“Everyone at Acuity plays an important role in building our great workplace,” Joan Ravanelli Miller, Acuity general counsel/vice president-human resources, said in a press release. “We all share in our success and we are grateful to all our colleagues for making it happen.”

Once again, Google was named the best company to work for, putting the company No. 1 for the eighth time in 11 years. Read the full list.



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