After a long and hard-fought campaign, DrKW has beaten Jefferies & Co to come top in the 2005 CityNews 'Best Place To Work' in the global financial markets survey.
DrKW's CEO, Andrew Pisker, said that this result is 'powerful evidence of the strong team culture and spirit at DrKW. As a firm, we encourage a free-thinking and innovative environment, and work to high ethical standards to meet and exceed the demands of our clients, while supporting our colleagues in all parts of the organisation. The CityNews award is a clear indication of the success of this culture'.
Andrew Pullman, Managing Director in HR, said that 'we at DrKW encouraged staff around the world to vote in this poll since public recognition that this is a great place to work is a huge positive. At the high point, over 2,500 of our staff voted, which represents 45% of our global population. For that many people to want to take part and showcase that we are proud of who we are is an impressive feat, and one which our competitors were clearly unable to match'.
The staff at DrKW certainly have a spring in their step these days. The firm has now enjoyed 12 consecutive quarters of profitability, and this year DrKW has seen growth in its derivatives, FX, cash equities, corporate finance and financing and hedge funds-related businesses. The firm has ambitious growth plans for 2006, particularly in Germany, and will selectively hire next year to help achieve its objectives. With German owner Allianz now very much on side, and the firm soon to move to new premises in London (following various other global office upgrades in the last 18 months), the future indeed looks bright at DrKW.