Altair Named Best Place to Work By Crain’s Chicago
As published in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Since the firm’s founding in 2002, Altair Advisers’ owners have been strategic and deliberate about creating a collaborative workplace culture where employees feel empowered in their jobs and appreciated for their contributions. Maintaining the firm’s culture is a commitment that influences hiring, training and promotions. CEO Rebekah Kohmescher emphasizes that it requires a great deal of listening, asking employees how they can do their jobs better and what support they need to make that happen.
This collegial, open-dialogue culture is one of the reasons why Altair Advisers has been named one of Chicago’s Best Places to Work for 2018. The Chicago-based wealth management firm provides investment management, financial planning and client education for high-net-worth-individuals and their families. The firm has 50 employees.
“Altair offers opportunities for employee growth,” Kohmescher says. “But you have to ask people how they see their role evolving and be open to new ideas. Some people are looking for a more traditional career ladder and change in position. Others want to become more knowledgeable and efficient in their current role. We invest in the education of employees across the firm.”
Fun is also part of the mix. An active employee life committee plans outings and events, and departments host quarterly in-office happy hours where they compete for the best theme. Last fall, employees held an Oktoberfest party complete with German costumes and beer steins.
As part of the open culture, firm owners are transparent on the business goals, sharing firm financials with all staff members at regular quarterly meetings. This transparency builds trust across all levels of the firm and creates a real sense of team. “We get a lot of engagement from our employees because we treat them like professionals,” says Kohmescher. ” I am really proud of the Altair culture.”
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Sources: Crain’s Chicago Business “Chicago’s Best Places to Work in 2018,” April 16, 2018.
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