Rich E.

Consultant – Retirement

Why Work for Ascende?

"I enjoy working for Ascende because your voice and opinion does not get lost in the masses. Ascende maintains an open door policy starting with the CEO down, where you can ask questions or provide feedback. When working on team projects, I always have an opportunity to present my point of view or suggest alternate ways of presenting information. Ascende is a company that thrives with ambitious individuals, where the only person that can limit progression or success is you."

How long have you worked at Ascende?

"I’ve worked at Ascende since 2007. I started as a health and welfare associate and am now a senior associate on the retirement team, as well as an adviser for Ascende Wealth Advisers, our investment advisory subsidiary."

What qualities do you have to have to succeed at Ascende?

"To be successful at Ascende one needs to be able to multitask effectively and adapt to shifting priorities, have solid project management and problem solving skills, and not be hesitant to contribute and voice thoughts and ideas in team meetings and discussions."


NORA A.

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Why Work for Ascende?

"I definitely believe this is the best place to work. When I started in 2007, our accounting department was very small and only consisted of our CFO and accounts receivable coordinator. Through the years, I have seen how we have grown. Ascende provides its employees the opportunity for growth by offering in-house training and formal training, and also supports and gives to various charities around Houston through the Ascende Charitable Trust (ACT). As an employee, I have the privilege of taking part in contributing to the ACT charities by volunteering and bringing happiness to those less fortunate. Ascenders are team players and strive for success. Ascende has a great working atmosphere and the diverse knowledge of its people makes this a one-of-a-kind place to work."

How long have you worked at Ascende?

"I have been with Ascende since 2007."

What qualities do you have to have to succeed at Ascende?

"Qualities that have helped me succeed at Ascende are the willingness to learn and to take on challenging new projects. My diverse career background and knowledge, and the fact that I am a team player have also been important parts of my success here."


BREIA F.

consultant – Global Solutions

Why Work for Ascende?

"Ascende prides itself on cultivating key relationships with not only clients but with employees as well. Career progression and professional growth are ongoing discussions that Ascende promotes and I have been provided with many opportunities to develop myself. It’s easy to be motivated and succeed here because I can see that my work has a direct impact on my clients, which is meaningful. I truly feel that I am in control of my future here and that I can continue to grow and advance as I gain more experience."

How long have you worked at Ascende?

"I joined the Ascende team in 2009 and have felt like a valuable part of the company since day one."

What qualities do you have to have to succeed at Ascende?

"Having the ability to collaborate effectively with others, possessing strong interpersonal skills, exemplifying professionalism and wanting to learn and grow."


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VIRGINIA t.

Senior Project Manager – Benefits Administration

Why Work for Ascende?

"Ascende is a place where one can feel supported and empowered to find creative solutions to challenging problems. The work is highly rewarding and leadership is uniformly appreciative of the efforts made to provide the best work for our customer. It is a treat to be surrounded by smart, hardworking people who care about the client."

How long have you worked at Ascende?

"I began my career at Ascende in September of 2009."

What qualities do you have to have to succeed at Ascende?

"To be a successful Ascender,  it’s important to be curious and driven to understand why and how?  Why is a problem important?  How can I solve the problem? How do I make my client feel cared for and understood? Why does a particular answer make sense?  (Or not!)  How do I support my colleagues on an important project?  I see Ascende employees succeed by asking a lot questions and by making care for the client priority #1."


ken o.

art director - Communications

Why Work for Ascende?

"I joined Ascende in pursuit of new opportunities and career growth. What really sold me was that this is a growing company with an entrepreneurial spirit that respects and appreciates everyone’s input. I’ve had the chance to collaborate with all the company’s practice areas and have even been part of the Ascende Employee Advocates—a volunteer team that works towards making this an even better place to work. I’m excited by the prospects for me and all my Ascende family as Ascende continues to grow."

How long have you worked at Ascende?

"I started as a senior graphic designer in 2009. I was the first graphic designer within Ascende, serving our communications clients. Since that time, I've grown into the role of art director and all design work has come in-house and I now lead and mentor fellow team members."

What qualities do you have to have to succeed at Ascende?

"You must be a team player. You must be ready for challenging work. You must be willing to continue to grow."