One big happy brokerage

  @FortuneMagazine October 31, 2013: 7:14 AM ET
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From left: CEO Rodger Riney and Lindsay Morrison conduct a live chat; employees celebrate Hawaiian shirt day; Scottrade's team at a charity event in St. Louis.


Scottrade 100 Best Companies to Work For rank: 53
U.S. employees: 3,500
Headquarters: St. Louis
Revenue: $776 million
Fact: Branch stockbrokers receive average pay of $45,000.

Scottrade CEO and founder Rodger Riney expects his employees to have fun at work. But on April Fools' Day -- during the height of the flash-mob craze -- even he couldn't have guessed that his staff would surprise him with a dance routine to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."

In a video posted on YouTube, the wide-eyed look on Riney's face serves as a reward for the month of rehearsals put in by a troupe of a few dozen financial services professionals.

True, flash mobs don't happen every day at Scottrade. Celebrations and camaraderie, however -- including free birthday lunches, ice cream socials, cook-offs, and a recent carnival for employees and their families -- are routine at a company that has appeared on Fortune's 100 Best Companies list for the past six years.

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