SOURCE: Financial Advantage

February 15, 2011 11:54 ET

Great Benefits and a Great Attitude Make a Great Employer: Financial Advantage Named One of "Best Places to Work 2011" by Baltimore Magazine

COLUMBIA, MD--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - This company offers employees free investment and retirement-planning services, flextime and telework options, and bereavement leave. And it pays 100 percent of its employees' health-insurance premiums.

Google? Nope. It's Financial Advantage, an 11-personal fee-only financial advisor in Columbia, Md., which was named one of Baltimore's Best Places to Work 2011 by Baltimore magazine.

In its February issue, the magazine also praised Financial Advantage for "respect for people's personal and family lives and commitment to gender diversity in top management."

When Mary Thompson joined the firm as a mother with a kindergartener, she started as a part-time client services specialist. Management encouraged her to pursue a career in financial planning and supported her as she studied for her Certified Financial Planner™ certification. Today, she's a full-time financial planning associate.

Recognizing talent and creating a job when the right person comes along is standard procedure at Financial Advantage, Lyn Dippel, vice president, senior advisor and principal, told Baltimore magazine.

Thompson adds that if you want to seize an opportunity, the firm will "give you the opportunity and support you in pursuing that opportunity."

Financial Advantage ( in Columbia, Md., provides personal financial planning and investment-management services to retirees and aspiring retirees on a fee-only basis, and provides portfolio management for other financial advisors. Wealth Manager magazine and Financial Advisor magazine have named Financial Advantage, with about $280 million under management, one of the top independent financial advisory firms in the country.

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