SOURCE: BrightScope


April 02, 2012 10:00 ET

BrightScope Highlights the Top 25 Chicago Area-Based Companies With the Best 401k Plans

United Airlines Remains No. 1 Plan for Two Years in a Row While Motorola Makes the List for the First Time

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 2, 2012) - BrightScope (, a leading provider of independent financial information and investment research, today announced its second annual list of the top Chicago area-based companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets. This year BrightScope has extended the list to include the top 25 companies.

BrightScope obtains an increasing amount of its data directly from plan sponsors and record keepers, and augments these primary sources with data from publicly available sources such as the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission. By analyzing and interpreting this data, BrightScope provides unprecedented transparency into the 401k industry.

"It's great to see that most of the companies that were on the list in 2010 remained on this year's list and many have even improved their rating," said Bryan Lorenz, vice president of data at BrightScope. "It's clear they have continued to focus on plan improvements that will give their employees the ability to reach retirement objectives faster."

Noteworthy findings in the 2012 Top 25 Chicago 401k Plans list include:

  • United Airlines Plan remains the No. 1 plan in Chicago
  • Decreases in ranking and rating: Mayer, Brown, Roew & Maw LLP dropped 12 slots to No. 14 with a decrease of one point to 85; A.T. Kearney, Inc. dropped from No. 4 to No. 13, but its rating remained the same; McDermott Will & Emery LLP went from No. 6 to No. 9, but increased its rating to 86 (up one point)
  • William Blair & Company, LLC jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 and increased its rating to 88 (up 3 points)
  • The Boeing Company & Consolidated Subsidiaries was included as No. 10 in 2010, but did not make this year's Chicago list because it's now managed out of Seattle

Company - Plan Name - BrightScope Rating (Rounded to the nearest whole number)

1. United Air Lines, Inc. - United Airlines Pilot Directed Account Plan - 89

2. William Blair & Company, LLC - William Blair & Company Deferred Profit Sharing Plan - 88

3. The HAVI Group Limited Partnership - The HAVI Group Limited Partnership Profit Sharing and Savings Plan - 88

4. Astellas US LLC - Astellas US Retirement and Savings Plan - 88

5. CC Industries, Inc. - CC Industries and Affiliates Retirement Savings Plan for Salaried Employees - 87

6. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. - Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. Savings and Retirement Plan - 86

7. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Defined Contribution Plan - 86

8. Jenner & Block - Jenner & Block Profit Sharing Plan - #201 - 86

9. McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP - MW&E Savings and Retirement Plan - 86

10. Nalco Company - Nalco Company Profit Sharing and Savings Plan - 86

11. Bain & Company, Inc. - Bain & Company, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan - 86

12. Tellabs, Inc. - Tellabs 401(k) Plan - 85

13. A.T. Kearney, Inc. - A.T. Kearney, Inc. 401(k) and Profit Sharing Retirement Plan - 85

14. Mayer, Brown, Roew & Maw LLP - Mayer Brown LLP U.S.A. Savings Plan - 85

15. Vedder Price, P.C. - Vedder Price, P.C. Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan - 84

16. Newedge USA, LLC - Newedge USA, LLC 401(k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan - 84

17. Mead Johnson & Company, LLC - Mead Johnson & Company Retirement Savings Plan - 84

18. Winston & Strawn LLP - Winston & Strawn LLP Retirement Plan - 84

19. Tenneco Automotive Operating Company, Inc. - The Tenneco Employee Stock Ownership Plan for Salaried Employees - 84

20. Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP - Sonberk Profit Sharing Plan - 84

21. Motorola, Inc. - Motorola, Inc. 401(k) Plan - 84

22. Huron Consulting Group Inc. - Huron Consulting Group Retirement Savings Plan - 84

23. Tetra Pak, Inc. - Tetra Pak Retirement Savings Plan -83

24. Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. - Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan - 83

25. Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Kirkland & Ellis LLP Defined Contribution Retirement Plan - 83

BrightScope's 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k plans, spanning more than 30 million workers and over $2 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

About BrightScope
BrightScope is a financial information company that brings transparency to opaque markets through independent research and analysis. Delivered through web-based software, BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors. The BrightScope Rating™, developed in partnership with leading independent 401k fiduciaries, reviews more than 200 unique data inputs per plan and calculates a single numerical score which defines plan quality at the company level. In April 2011, the company launched BrightScope Advisor Pages™, the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors designed to help consumers discover information and conduct due diligence on wealth management professionals. BrightScope also markets a suite of data analytics software products to Fortune 1000 companies, asset managers, broker-dealers, financial advisors, and other market participants. Public ratings for more than 46,000 retirement plans as well as rating definitions, criteria and methodologies, and information on more than 475,000 financial advisors and 45,000 advisory firms are available for free at

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