6. Robert W. Baird
LAST YEAR’S RANK: 5
How do you navigate a volatile stock market? This employee-owned financial services firm credits a strong culture based on unconditional respect for all employees and a rigorous approach to equity for keeping them on course. Everyone has the same standard size office in Baird’s newly renovated headquarters, and there are no executive perks. Health insurance is geared to income: the more you make, the more you pay for the premium. Baird also offers one benefit not found in many companies: support for transgender reassignment. The company’s insurance will provide up to $75,000 for this procedure, which includes, among others, gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and therapeutic services. Read the Great Place to Work review here.