Baird at a Glance


  • “Quality people”
  • “Excellent culture”
  • “High level of responsibility, even as an analyst, because the deal teams are really lean”


  • “Hours are tough at times”
  • “Below peers in compensation”
  • “Not a premier name in certain industry sectors”

The Buzz

  • “Middle-market sell-side king”
  • “Waspy”

About Baird

Robert W. Baird & Co. (better known as Baird) offers wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity capital to clients worldwide. The firm has more than $161 billion in client assets, and 2015 annual net revenues of $1.3 billion. In 2016, Baird ranked No. 6 on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the bank's 13th consecutive year on the list.

Baird's history dates to 1919, when Robert Wilson Baird, one of the founders of the National Association of Securities Dealers, was named lead partner of the First Wisconsin Company, the securities division of the First Wisconsin National Bank. Baird rose to become president of the division, which was later spun off and renamed the Securities Company of Milwaukee Incorporated. By 1948, the firm had obtained a seat on the NYSE and assumed its current name, Robert W. Baird & Co. Baird, the firm, gathered its strength in Wisconsin in the 1980s, becoming the state's top investment bank before embarking on a strategic expansion in the 1990s. This led to the opening of dozens of new offices in the U.S. and Europe.

Today, the firm has more than 100 offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and is 94 percent owned by its employees. Baird is led by Steve Booth, Baird's president and chief executive officer, and Paul Purcell, the firm's chairman; Booth took over the CEO duties from Purcell in January 2016. The firm employs more than 3,400 people.


777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 765-3500
Fax: (414) 765-3633


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Paul E. Purcell
  • CEO & President: Steve Booth
  • 2016 Employees: 3,400

Major Office Locations

  • Milwaukee, WI