FAIRFIELD, Iowa--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) announced it has been recognized as a top mid-sized company in Iowa. Sponsored by the Des Moines Register, the 2013 Top Workplaces survey was led by Workplace Dynamics with over 900 employers invited to participate. The final field was based on over 160 companies with over 35,500 employees responding.
“Truly living out our four core values in our office at Cambridge has helped translate into the high quality service that we continually seek to offer our clients.”
“We are honored to be included in the list for Top Workplaces in Iowa for the third year in a row. At Cambridge, we consider our associates one of our most valuable resources. Therefore, we strive to create a workplace built on practicing our four core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness,” said President, Amy Webber. “It is rewarding to learn that our associates value our dedication to maintaining an atmosphere that allows them to thrive.”
Workplace Dynamics conducted an anonymous survey focused on seven aspects of the workplace environment including: direction - an assessment of the company’s values, leaders, and strategy; execution - assessment of how the company communicates and gets work done; connection – the confidence in the future of the company; work – the amount of flexibility and training provided; management – quality and managerial skills; pay and benefits - an assessment of associate compensation; and engagement – the level of motivation to perform best work for a company.
Currently, Cambridge has nearly 550 home office associates, with the majority based in Iowa. As one of the largest and fastest growing companies in southeastern Iowa, Cambridge draws associates from a five-county region and is now home to associates from both coasts and the Midwest. Its talented associates are provided with challenging career opportunities and internal education and leadership programs. In addition to a robust benefits package that includes short-term disability coverage, Cambridge offers associates unique perks including on-site catering, dry cleaning, massage therapy, wellness benefits to support stress reducing or life enhancing activities, 401(k) matching, and an equity participation plan.
Webber added, “Truly living out our four core values in our office at Cambridge has helped translate into the high quality service that we continually seek to offer our clients.”
Workplace Dynamics reached out to employers with at least 35 employees in Iowa to participate. They used a combination of print and online ads in the Des Moines Register to solicit nominations, in addition to direct outreach via phone and email. Workplace Dynamics surveyed employees at participating employers using either paper or online surveys. Employees responded to a set of statements using a seven-point Likert scale. Each of the statements was tested to ensure a high correlation with how employees felt about their workplaces, which was calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question which asked each employee to rate his/her workplace on a scale of zero to 99. A response rate of at least 35 percent of Iowa based employees was required. In addition, employers with 85 or fewer Iowa employees were required to have at least 30 responders. Workplace Dynamics encouraged employers to survey all employees, but large employers were able to randomly sample their Iowa employees.
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Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge), member FINRA/SIPC, is an independent, privately owned broker-dealer with over 2,400 independent registered representatives and $53.4 billion assets under management.
Cambridge was recognized as one of the Best of Iowa Businesses1 and has been named among the Top Workplaces in Iowa the last three years2. Cambridge also provides innovative fee programs and a full menu of commission offerings to advisors across the nation. Recognized in the industry as THE FEE EXPERTS®3, Cambridge has been ranked a fee leader among independent broker-dealers for 13 consecutive years4.
1 IA Biz magazine, “Best of Iowa Businesses,” 2010
2 Des Moines Register, “Top Workplaces in Iowa” 2011, 2012, 2013
3 THE FEE EXPERTS® is a registered trade mark of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. for its investment advisory service for investment managers.
4 Financial Planning magazine, June “FP50”, Top 50 Independent Broker-Dealer Issue, 2001-2013.
Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and investment advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser. Both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Cambridge Investment Group, Inc.