9 Financial Services Companies Whose Employees Are Happiest

By Kapitall  JAN 21, 2014 12:18 PM

Wall Street's biggest firms are experimenting with ways to keep their junior bankers content and productive. Maybe they can steal some tips from these smaller organizations.

 


Back in late October 2013, the financial services sector was rocked when Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) came to the not-so-startling conclusion that employees might produce even more for their company if they got a few hours off.

Goldman set up a special task-force to improve the quality of life for younger employees, and it set a policy proscribing Junior Analysts from working between 9 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Ideally this will encourage more Goldman employees to stay at the firm for longer periods of time.

The blogosphere responded with a very emphatic "duh."

It seems, however, that many other firms have now followed suit. JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) expanded hiring at lower levels to have more hands to divvy up the work. Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) went with a similar proscription of Saturday work, although they added an extra four hours to their employees' weekends.

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But, of course, there's a caveat. Most banks still do business on the weekends. That's when many mergers happen. And the people in charge of those mergers still need support staff to make those negotiations possible, which in turn has lead to more outlandish suggestions. One columnist seems to be suggesting unironically that all Junior Analysts simply sleep during the day, when many of them don't have that much to do anyway. 

We decided to build a list of stocks in financial services that are already doing a good job of taking care of their employees. All the companies listed below work in the sector, but have extremely high ratings from their employees for exceptional compensation, training, benefits, and workers rights – data that was aggregated by our partners over at CSRHub


​Click on the interactive chart to view analyst ratings over time.

These financial services stocks seem to understand the importance of happy employees, but will it help their stock prices? Use this list to begin your own analysis.

1. Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR): Operates as the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank, which offers a range of commercial banking, retail banking, and trust services to individuals and businesses in Maryland. Market cap at $690.74 million, most recent closing price at $27.42.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 66/100 vs. an average for the banking sector of 53.
 
2. Navigators Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG): Engages in the underwriting and management of property and casualty insurance in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Sweden. Market cap at $892.96 million, most recent closing price at $63.11.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 66/100 vs. an average for insurance carriers of 52.
 
3. Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN): Engages in acquiring, owning, renovating, repositioning, and asset-managing and selling premium-branded limited-service and select-service hotels in the upscale and midscale, without food and beverage segments of the United States' lodging industry. Market cap at $766.15 million, most recent closing price at $8.87.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 68/100 vs. an average for REITs of 50.
 
4. Gladstone Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:GLAD): Operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. Market cap at $209.95 million, most recent closing price at $9.88.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 69/100 vs. an average in diversified financial services of 53.
 
5. BankFinancial Corp. (NASDAQ:BFIN): Operates as the holding company for BankFinancial, F. Market cap at $191.86 million, most recent closing price at $9.48.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 70/100 vs. an average for banking of 53. 
 
6. Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE:NCT): Operates as a real estate investment and finance company that invests in and manages a portfolio consisting primarily of real estate securities. Market cap at $1.70 billion, most recent closing price at $5.76.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 74/100 vs. an average for REITs of 50.
 
7. Morningstar Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN): Provides independent investment research to investors worldwide. Market cap at $3.58 billion, most recent closing price at $78.27.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 74/100 vs. an average for brokerage and capital markets of 53.
 
8. Colony Financial, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY): Focuses on acquiring, originating, and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Market cap at $1.62 billion, most recent closing price at $20.79.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 74/100 vs. an average for REITs of 50.
 
9.Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. (NYSE:JLL): Provides integrated real estate and investment management services to owner, occupier, and investor clients worldwide. Market cap at $4.64 billion, most recent closing price at $104.24.

CSRHub Employee Rating: 77/100 vs. an average for real estate brokers of 54. 

Editor's note:  This story by James Dennin originally appeared on Kapitall.

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