At Robert W. Baird & Co., 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1060 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.43. It was published on Jul 29, 2015. 27547 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is competent at running the business.
People celebrate special events around here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Robert W. Baird & Co. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are an employee-owned, international financial services firm with more than $150 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: US Headquarters: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
US Sites: 122 Major Locations: Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Waukesha, WI
US Employees: 3058 US revenues: $1178.38 million
Worldwide revenues: $1242.93 million Employees worldwide: 3167
Founded: 1919 Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

At the Annual Meeting, senior leaders congratulate and welcome associates who are new Baird shareholders.

Perks and Programs

We asked Robert W. Baird & Co. 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. Each year, the firm’s Baird Gives Back Associate Resource Group also coordinates a week of group events at charities in more than 60 cities – Baird Gives Back Week - that provide opportunities to volunteer with colleagues, family and friends.
  • Flexibility: Baird offers flexibility to associates because it enables them to be their best at both 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. Baird also offers associates flexibility to get involved in community and school groups.
  • No Asshole Rule: Baird is so passionate about maintaining its strong corporate culture that it has a “no asshole rule.” This means the firm does not hire people and will fire people who are disrespectful of others by putting their needs before their colleagues or clients. Baird senior leaders, managers and recruiters screen applicants for behaviors that indicate they would not be respectful of others.
  • Associate Resource Groups: Associates create programs and advance initiatives in areas they are passionate about through Baird’s Associate Resource Groups, which are focused on women’s issues, diversity, the LGBT community, the environment and community involvement. A similar group for millennials also provides leadership and networking opportunities. These associate groups provide firmwide programs and development opportunities and can drive changes in corporate policies and benefits.


75% Company-paid health coverage for employees 75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
24 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage $5250 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Hair salon
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Banking
  • Personal concierge service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
Baird is completely renovating its headquarters to create a more open, contemporary workspace that provides more areas for collaboration and meetings


27 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $5,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job protected maternity leave


  • Unpaid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning (25% use it)
  • Elder care resources


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


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Medical facilities
A long-standing tradition for 40th birthday parties is the presentation of the 14-pound “birthday rock.”



Baird’s robust internship program provides in-depth experience to more than 200 students from a wide range of backgrounds. Interns posed for a photo at the special summer welcome event.

How to Get Hired

We asked Robert W. Baird & Co. 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 toward a common goal 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 working 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 unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

The Baird culture, which values honesty, teamwork and integrity, is a key differentiator for our firm, so we look for people who will be stewards of our culture and are respectful of everyone they interact with.  People who exhibit characteristics that violate our “no asshole rule,” such as arrogance, condescension or putting themselves before others in any way, are not hired regardless of how good they may be.

We have a very thorough interview process. Our recruiting team will interview an average of 10 to 15 applicants, before narrowing the pool to three to four candidates. These top candidates will talk with as many as 10-15 people who will be working with the new hire.  We take this thorough approach to interviewing because we understand that hiring associates who are a fit for our culture is crucial.

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 Equity Research, Investment Banking, Private Wealth Management, 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

8% Job Growth 75 Average applicants per opening
7% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 48000 Applicants in past year
640 Openings in past year 34% New hires by employee referrals

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