15-29 Employees

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Richard P. Slaughter Associates Inc.

Overall Ranking9

Employees16 Firm TypeRIA CEOBrooks Slaughter LocationAustin, Tex. Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

Overall Ranking9

Employees16 Firm TypeRIA CEOBrooks Slaughter LocationAustin, Tex. Primary CustodianSchwab Advisor Services

Asked to describe the culture of his 16-person firm, Brooks Slaughter, CEO of Richard P. Slaughter Associates Inc., summed it up as “gracious problem-solving” and “interacting graciously” — mantras that are repeated in meetings all the time, he said.

Asked to describe the culture of his 16-person firm, Brooks Slaughter, CEO of Richard P. Slaughter Associates Inc., summed it up as “gracious problem-solving” and “interacting graciously” — mantras that are repeated in meetings all the time, he said.

“You can’t teach culture or innovativeness. We hire people who are great with people and we teach them the technical aspects,” Mr. Slaughter said. “Similar to developing a diverse portfolio, you want a diversity of employees.”

When three employees planned to relocate for their spouses’ jobs, Slaughter Associates allowed them to work remotely rather than lose them. The long-distance employees travel to the home office about six times a year.

Even though the practice is relatively small, it employs a full-time mentor/coach who works with each employee to address issues such as time management, presentation skills, meeting skills, etc. This professional also facilitates communication between different departments to determine best practices and align corporate messages and strategy.

All employees enjoy stock options, too.

The firm limits its annual growth so as to maintain the culture, Mr. Slaughter said, which is why they’ve never had any layoffs, even in 2008.

— Deborah Nason

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