Edward Jones Named One of the Best Workplaces in Canada



    Ranks highest for a brokerage firm in Canadian Business magazine survey

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - The financial-services firm Edward Jones has
ranked No. 7 in the second annual "Best Workplaces in Canada" list by Canadian
Business magazine, which appears in the April 23 issue and is available on
newsstands.
    This list of the 50 "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled for Canadian
Business magazine by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute Canada. Two-thirds
of the survey is based on how randomly selected associates answer questions
related to workplace culture and practices. The remaining one-third of the
score comes from an in-depth review of the firm, including an evaluation of
human resources policies and procedures. Organizations are scored in five
basic areas: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
    At Edward Jones, "(m)anagement eschews job descriptions and lets
employees set their roles," according to Canadian Business magazine. "Those
who succeed in diversifying clients' assets get up to two 'Diversification
Trips' each year - 2006 destinations included the Amalfi Coast and Grand
Cayman."
    More than 1.2 million employees from 3,000 companies participated in the
survey. "Employers at Canada's Best Workplaces prove employees are important
not by offering foosball tables or other perks or benefits to which money can
be devoted," the magazine said. "But the loyalty and commitment that managers
really seek boils down to just one complicated, five-letter word: Trust."
    "In general, compared with other 2007 survey participants, employees at
our 50 best workplaces are significantly more likely to have a better
work/life balance, to experience a psychologically healthy work environment
and to perform meaningful work while having fun with co-workers," according to
the magazine. "The result? They look forward to coming to work, they pursue
professional-development opportunities, plan to stay with their company a long
time, feel they make a difference and, most importantly give extra to get the
job done."
    "Once again Edward Jones has distinguished itself as an attractive place
for associates to thrive," said Gary Reamey, principal, Edward Jones Canada.
"We have a clear mission here: to serve the individual investor and we all
play an enthusiastic role in achieving that goal."
    The Great Place to Work Institute in San Francisco, a management
consultancy that created the Trust Index employee survey that serves as the
basis for this ranking and for Fortune magazine's annual list of "The 100 Best
Companies To Work For" in America.
    Edward Jones also celebrates eight years on Fortune magazine's "The 100
Best Companies to Work For" in America ranking.

    Edward Jones is a full-service investment dealer with one of the largest
branch networks in Canada. It is a member of the Investment Dealers
Association of Canada and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, and a
participating organization of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Including its
affiliates, Edward Jones serves more than 7 million individual investors in
Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom from more than 9,700 locations.





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For further information: Trish Tervit, Environics Communication, (416)
969-2768


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