Edward Jones honored as employer
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For the eighth year, financial services firm Edward Jones was named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" by Fortune magazine in its Jan. 22 edition. Edward Jones ranked No. 29 overall and No. 9 on the best large-sized companies list. Over eight years, Edward Jones has finished in the top 10 for five years and had consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. The magazine said Edward Jones, organized as a partnership, "has more U.S. offices (8,955) than Starbucks has cafes," also citing the 2006 number of limited partnerships being expanded from 4,535 to almost 12,000, or more than a third of employees. "As a firm, we have always believed that if we focus on doing what's right for our clients and our associates, we will be successful," Kingsport investment representative Rebecca L. Frazier said. "We respect and appreciate every associate whose work helps use to meet the needs of our clients. Clearly, the difference shows." Edward Jones in early December ranked No. 1 in Registered Rep. magazine's annual brokerage report card for the 14th consecutive year, and it also was No. 3 among the "50 Best Employers in Canada" in the Globe and Mail's annual listing in Report on Business Magazine and first in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of customer satisfaction among full-service investors.