At Baird, 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1121 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.98. It was published on Aug 2, 2016. 56930 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Baird to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are an employee-owned, international financial services firm with more than $160 billion in client assets. We provide wealth management, capital markets, asset management and private equity services through offices and operating affiliates in the United States, Europe and Asia.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Milwaukee, Wisconsin US Sites: 122
Major Locations: Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Waukesha, Wisconsin US Employees: 3,196
US Revenues: $1,214.3 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,285.7 million
Employees Worldwide: 3,311 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1919

During Baird Gives Back Week, associates volunteered at more than 115 nonprofit organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Perks and Programs

We asked Baird to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Baird Stock: Baird is independent, private and employee-owned. All associates are eligible to buy stock in the company if they meet basic criteria, and two-thirds of associates are currently Baird shareholders. The Executive Committee individually welcomes new shareholders on stage each year at the Annual Meeting with handshakes, hugs and applause.
  • Baird Cares: The Baird Cares program gives every associate two paid days off each year to volunteer for a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. Informally, managers often approve requests to volunteer that take significantly more time and encourage involvement beyond the Baird Cares program.
  • Baird Gives Back Week: Each year, the firm’s Baird Gives Back Associate Resource Group coordinates a week of group events at charities in more than 60 cities that provide associates opportunities to volunteer with colleagues, family and friends.
  • Flexibility: Baird offers flexibility to associates because it enables them to be their best both at work and at home. Associates take advantage of flexible work arrangements, such as part-time schedules, compressed work weeks or staggered hours, and working from remote/home offices.
  • No Asshole Rule: Baird is so passionate about maintaining its strong culture that it has a "no asshole rule." The firm does not hire people and will fire people who are disrespectful of others, and screens applicants for indicative behaviors.
  • Associate Resource Groups: Baird associates create programs and advance initiatives in areas they are passionate about through Associate Resource Groups focused on women's issues, military veterans, diversity, LGBT+ persons and their allies, millennials, the environment and community involvement. Groups provide firmwide programs and development opportunities, and can drive changes in corporate policies and benefits.
  • Intern Benefits: Summer interns receive a paid holiday for the Fourth of July and may receive a day’s pay for volunteering through the Baird Cares program. Long-term interns receive nine paid holidays, tuition reimbursement up to $500 per year, 401(k) and profit-sharing contributions, and consideration for a year-end bonus.
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k: Baird offers associates profit-sharing and a 401(k) matching contribution. While many firms opt to do one or the other, Baird believes offering both is most equitable for all associates and gives every associate the greatest opportunity to be rewarded for their efforts and to plan for a secure retirement.
  • Tiered Health Plan Premiums: Baird associates’ health insurance premiums are based on their compensation level, so that associates who earn less pay lower premiums. There are six tiers and depending on the tier, Baird pays from 97% to 57% of each associate’s health plan premium.


100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary75% Company-paid health coverage for employees (75% is the average of both medical plans and the 6 pay bands)
75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (75% is the average of both medical plans and the 6 pay bands) 70% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $5,250 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Health insurance for retirees


  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Personal concierge service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
At the Annual Meeting, senior leaders congratulate and welcome associates who are new Baird shareholders.


27 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 22 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning (25% use it)
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks


60 days Job-protected maternity leave40 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
15 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$5,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
40 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $4,063,199 Philanthropic donations in last year
$712,753 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • 'Senior Executives' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 8 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Baird’s Global Investment Banking team worked in groups to assemble children’s bikes and then donated them to charity.


Baird Chairman Paul Purcell talks with interns during their summer welcome event.

How to Get Hired

We asked Baird for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Candidates will be a great fit for Baird if they are high-performers who share our commitment to working together to deliver outstanding advice and service and being a workplace where everyone matters. Because teamwork is so important to the way we do business, prospective candidates must be able to thrive in a collaborative environment. We want talented professionals who are approachable, credible and easy to talk with. Integrity is paramount, along with a strong work ethic and a passion to succeed. Additionally, the following characteristics are important: a client-service orientation; a willingness to seek win-win solutions and be innovative; the ability to maintain collaborative relationships in a fast-paced environment; a long-term outlook rather than looking for a quick fix; a well-rounded perspective; a consistent, pleasant disposition (we have a “no asshole rule”); a sense of humor; an ability to lead and follow; an interest in giving back to our communities.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates who are interested in Baird can always get our attention if they are motivated, personable and put others before themselves. They should research and understand our firm, especially our culture. While they should understand the responsibilities of the role, it is imperative they know how we do business – we still believe in handshakes and looking someone in the eye. We consider the interview process a two-way street – not only are we interviewing candidates, but they are also interviewing us – so we expect them to be authentic and to ask questions. Additionally, we are impressed with professional, down-to-earth, relationship-driven people who enjoy working as part of a team and are involved in their communities. Candidates may also get our attention by attending and networking at professional association events and at campus career fairs and diversity recruiting events.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

The full-time advertised positions we are currently hiring for are across the firm in our business units and corporate resource groups. They include opportunities in Baird Capital, Asset Management, Equity Research, Investment Banking, Private Wealth Management, Fixed Income, IT, Operations, Human Capital, Compliance, Legal, Marketing & Communications and Finance. In addition to the advertised positions, we are always looking for seasoned talent in the marketplace, adding senior professionals whose skills complement our business strategy and who fit our culture.  Specifically, we are actively recruiting experienced Financial Advisors and their teams in Private Wealth Management. We also frequently have Client Specialist openings in Private Wealth Management. For these positions, we often look for candidates who have industry experience and possess licenses or certifications related to the position (such as the Series 7 & 66, CPA, CFA, and PMI).

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To see open positions at Baird, visit

hiring Outlook

600 Job openings forecast for coming year 5% Job Growth
48 Average applicants per opening 39,379 Applications received
736 Positions filled in past year 30% New hires by employee referrals
401 New positions created 155 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 100 New graduates hired
6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 11% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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