SOURCE: Simmons & Company

Simmons & Company

November 12, 2012 12:27 ET

Simmons & Company International Named One of Houston's Top Workplaces for 2012

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 12, 2012) - Simmons & Company International, a local leading financial advisory firm for the energy industry, has been recognized as one of the Houston Chronicle's Top Workplaces for 2012.

Based solely on feedback from employee surveys, the Houston Chronicle's Top Workplaces are highlighted in three categories: large, midsize and small. Companies are evaluated based on employee responses as to whether they have bought into what the organization is trying to achieve, has a high-performance culture and if the employees feel they are appreciated and doing meaningful work.

"Employee retention is a key element to our success at Simmons as our partners and employees are at the core of the services we provide our clients," said Michael Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Simmons & Company International. "As an investment banking organization our employees work in an industry that demands incredibly long hours on behalf of our clients. It is paramount we create a stimulating, comfortable and rewarding environment here at Simmons and to receive this recognition from the Chronicle is an honor."

As a leading financial advisory firm for the energy industry Simmons prides itself on fostering a non-hierarchical, motivating environment that promotes the development of employee financial and analytical skills. Employees are dedicated to upholding the company's culture of integrity and intellectual honesty while also empowering them to make the best possible financial decisions on behalf of their clients.

WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, the research firm which evaluated Houston companies to determine the best places to work, conducts surveys with more than 4,500 organizations in the U.S. each year to determine organizational health (OrgHealth). A result of this research has been the creation of a unique virtual fund of stocks, which tracks the performance of companies with exceptionally high levels of OrgHealth versus the S&P 500 Index. Since its launch in 2008, the Top Workplaces Fund has outperformed the S&P 500 by 48 percent.

The Houston Chronicle published its annual list of Top Workplaces on Sunday, November 11th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

About Simmons & Company International
Simmons & Company is a leading financial advisory firm for the energy industry with four offices worldwide and approximately 150 employees. The firm's corporate finance group specializes in mergers and acquisitions and raising debt and equity capital across the entire spectrum of the energy industry. Its research, sales and trading team provides clients with proprietary, fundamental market analysis on domestic and global macro energy issues, and in-depth coverage of approximately 150 U.S and European companies. For more information, log onto www.simmonsco-intl.com.

Simmons & Company International of Houston, Texas is a member of FINRA and SIPC. Simmons & Company International Limited with offices in Aberdeen, London and Dubai is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority to undertake designated investment business in the United Kingdom.

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