April 16, 2014

Why I Work Here

Edward Jones; Orlando Magic; Men’s Divorce Law Firm; Right Management

Art Levy | 8/1/2010

Darcy Beeman, financial adviser/regional leader in Fort Lauderdale
"They give you all the direction you need to be successful," says Darcy Beeman, financial adviser/regional leader in Fort Lauderdale.[Photo: Mark Wemple]

Edward Jones
No. 8 / Large Company

> With Edward Jones, you don't have the upfront costs of starting your own business, but you are starting at the ground floor and really building a practice the way you want to build it. They give you all the direction you need to be successful. When you start, you have a small base pay and a little bit of commission. It's more like a business owner. You're the business owner, and that's who you are and you can grow it as big as you want.

> If you go to another firm ... they'll have a sales assistant that may help anywhere from three to six different advisers. At Jones, it's one to one. At day one when you're not profitable, you really don't have many clients; they provide you with a 40-hour sales assistant to help you build your business.

> We don't compete with each other. The Jones culture is not competitive among each other. There are too many people that we want to be able to serve as a firm. There's no reason to talk to each other's clients.

> The firm is owned by the employees. Usually every three to five years we have a partnership offering. It's an opportunity to buy into the firm, but they do it in such a financially convenient way that they basically help support that buy into the firm.

> I just adopted a little baby. I will have no reason to ever, ever miss a parent-teacher conference, a sporting event, whatever it might be, a piano recital — we don't know yet; she's only 5 months old — but whatever it is, I have no reason to ever miss it with Jones, and that you really can't find in too many places.

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