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Who Are Best Mortgage Employers?

Recent top-employer rankings

Nov. 20, 2017

By SAM GARCIA Mortgage Daily

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Within the real estate finance industry, some companies have earned the distinction of being the best employers among other similarly sized firms in their cities based on worker surveys. Others were recognized on a national basis.

Among the surveys was one conducted by the Chicago Tribune, which ranked Guaranteed Rate among the 10 top large employer workplaces in the Chicago area, a Nov. 10 statement said. It was the lender's second year in a row on the top-10 ranking and seventh time on the list.

Guaranteed Rate, which maintains its headquarters in Chicago, reportedly provides a nurse practitioner and an in-house cafe on site for its 3,400 employees. It also provides a fitness center with yoga classes and complimentary massages.

The Tribune's ranking was based on employee surveys measuring overall employee engagement and satisfaction about compensation, diversity, leadership and training.

Guaranteed Rate additionally was named to the 2017 Boston Globe Top Workplaces list, an announcement Friday said.

Great Place To Work and Fortune ranked PrimeLending No 17 on a list of the 100 best workplaces for women, the company recently announced.

It was reportedly the third consecutive year PrimeLending made the list, which was determined based on a survey of more than 400,000 employees from hundreds of businesses.

Also named a top workplace for Women was New American Funding, which said in a recent press release that it was No. 53 on the list. Headcount at the Tustin, California-based organization was reported at 2,300 as of April 25.

PrimeLending was additionally ranked as the 13th best large workplace in Southern California by Great Place to Work and Fortune, an Oct. 31 statement said. PrimeLending said in excess of 100,000 employees at Southern California businesses participated in the survey. Rankings were based on feedback about how often workers experienced factors that create a great workplace.

Like PrimeLending, New American Funding also said it was on the Southern California large company list.

Furthermore, Great Place to Work and Fortune ranked PrimeLending No. 8 in finance and insurance and No. 9 among the 50-best Texas employers.

Dallas-based PrimeLending, which reported a staff of 3,000 people as of year-end 2016, said Friday that it was No. 6 among 30-large company winner in The Dallas Morning News' 2017 Top 100 Places to Work competition.

"The people at PrimeLending drive our culture, and quite simply, we have the very best people in the industry on our team," PrimeLending Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Todd Salmans said in the news release.

New American, which said it has hired over 1,200 people during the past year, recently reported that it won the gold award from the Stevie Awards for Great Employers 2017 for financial services. More than 500 nominations were reportedly received from companies around the world.

In San Diego, Guild Mortgage Co. announced this month that it was a winner of the 2017 Top Workplace award from The San Diego Union-Tribune for the fifth year in a row. More than 600 of its 3,400 employees work at the San Diego headquarters.

Guild Mortgage President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Ann McGarry noted in the announcement that the company's two greatest strengths are its entrepreneurial culture and people.

An announcement last month from Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC said the Draper, Utah-based firm was No. 40 among medium-sized U.S. employers recognized by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. The ranking reportedly reflected responses from 74,000 surveyed employees.

No. 46 on that list was National Mortgage Insurance Corp.

The Houston Chronicle's 2017 ranking of best workplaces had Cornerstone Home Lending Inc. in the second spot among large companies. Staffing at the Houston-based company was reported at 1,800 employees.

Also landing on the Chronicle's list was Network Funding, a Nov. 6 statement said.

On Nov. 20, radius finance group inc. reported that it made the Boston Globe's 2017 top work places ranking.

A ranking of best employers by Mortgage Executive Magazine had Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. in the top position. After that was Caliber Home Loans Inc., followed by Movement Mortgage LLC, Guild Mortgage and American Pacific Mortgage Corp.

Lower on Mortgage Executive's list was Sierra Pacific Mortgage, a Nov. 1 news release stated.

No. 1 on the Vault Banking 50 list, a ranking of the best investment bankers to work for, was Goldman Sachs & Co. Second was Evercore, then Centerview Partners, Morgan Stanley and Moelis & Co.

"The VAULT BANKING 50 is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues banking professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, training, and compensation) with overall prestige," the report said.," the report said.

Sam Garcia founded Mortgage Daily in 1998 and became its full-time publisher in 2000. Prior to his news career he worked in mortgage lending for two decades.


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