Edward Jones is no stranger to awards -- among its accolades are a 13-year run on Fortune magazine's annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The financial services company is headquartered in Missouri; 77 of its 36,600 employees work in the Baltimore metro area. All associates are eligible to become partners in the firm and share in revenues; branch associates also enjoy compressed workweeks and telecommuting, among other perks. "I have a beautiful office with all the tools and support I need to help my clients. I have no cap on my earnings potential, and I have the training needed to be up to date. I travel the world and have become a [limited] partner in the firm," said one employee. "Life is good."
Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo