Best Places to Work 2012

Tiny Company Finalist: Krilogy Financial

With clients like small-business owners and professional athletes, Krilogy Financial is a Creve Coeur-based financial services firm that emphasizes a team environment.
The company is owned by Kent Skornia, a former St. Louis Business Journal “30 under 30” honoree who played quarterback for the Missouri Tigers in the mid-1990s. With 16 employees, Krilogy’s incentives reward group accomplishments.

“Most of our goals are for the firm, because we want to see everyone participate in our success,” said Jaime Shelton, operations director. “All employees received an iPad 2 at the company Christmas party when we achieved our fourth-quarter goal last year.”

Shelton said most clients and employees come from referrals. The process helps people understand the way Krilogy wants to treat customers and their kind of culture. Currently, Krilogy has nearly $150 million in assets under management.

Are you hiring? We will have four positions available by summer.

If so, what parts of the company/types of jobs? We are looking for financial advisers and an executive assistant.

What do you look for in an employee? We want people that we believe will put the customer first.

Why should someone want to work at your company? We offer a fun environment to work in, and we also have many employee incentives.

As I read through the company profiles for the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” section, it was interesting to learn about the myriad benefits, traditional and out of the ordinary, that some organizations offer their employees. From Hyatt Regency at the Arch’s “Wheel of Fortune” reward prize spin to Krilogy Financial’s iPad 2 giveaway to each employee, many local companies, no matter the size, are finding innovative ways to raise employee morale.

Also, an interesting number of organizations are giving employees the opportunity to give back to their communities. More and more, companies are allowing employees to take time away from work and give it to a charity. It’s a trend that’s continuing to grow in St. Louis, as many companies in this year’s edition of the “Best Places to Work” demonstrated. Companies like Insperity, which grants 12 hours of time each quarter for employees to use toward charitable involvement, and Northwestern Mutual, which organizes fundraisers for local charities while bringing employees together, make the entire St. Louis community a better place to live and work.
These attributes were apparent in a survey process developed by Quantum Workplace, a marketing group that polls employees of each company nominated for the section. Finalists and winners are determined by these anonymous surveys that gauge engagement, involvement and satisfaction with the employer.
-Vince Brennan, section editor