SAN DIEGO – Guild Mortgage, one of the largest and most experienced independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has been named a winner of the 2019 Top Workplace award by The San Diego Union-Tribune, earning the distinction for the seventh consecutive year.
The Top Workplaces Program honors companies that have outstanding workplace culture and business environments highly valued by their employees. The rankings are based on the results of an anonymous employee survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools.
The online survey asks employees to rank levels of satisfaction with their jobs, feelings of appreciation, confidence in the future prospects of the company and manager effectiveness. In addition, it measures aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.
The Top Workplace survey was sent via email to employers and staff of public, private, nonprofit and governmental organizations in the San Diego area with 50 or more employees. The rankings require a minimum 35% response rate to qualify. Companies who score the highest receive the top rankings in one of three categories based on the size of the organization:
- Large: 500 or more employees
- Midsize: 100 to 499 employees
- Small: 50 to 99 employees
Guild Mortgage, which employs more than 700 people in San Diego County and had 71% of its employees respond to the survey, was ranked No. 10 in the large company category. Guild was the highest-ranked company in the financial services and insurance sector.
“We’re pleased to see ongoing recognition and appreciation by our employees for our entrepreneurial culture and commitment to developing personal relationships with our customers and our employees,” said Mary Ann McGarry, president and CEO of Guild Mortgage. “We received a tremendous response rate and our employees provided valuable feedback on this survey again this year. We always appreciate the insights the Top Workplace survey provides and look forward to continuing to find ways to improve for continued growth and recognition as a great place to work.”
More than 2,000 San Diego companies and organizations were invited to participate in the survey in 2019, with a record 126 employers agreeing to take part in the process. Combined, they employ nearly 30,000 people in San Diego County, with 17,213 people responding to the survey. The San Diego Union-Tribune recognized 85 employers as Top Workplaces.
Guild Mortgage’s growth over the past several years has been among the highest in the industry. Since 2010, the company has expanded from 75 branches in 16 states to nearly 4,000 employees operating from more than 200 retail branches in 33 states today. Guild recently reported records in total lending, refinances and servicing during the first three quarters of 2019.
A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild specializes in developing unique pilot programs and specialized products to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community it serves. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking to upgrade with a jumbo loan. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100% financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance and workplace culture.
About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 58,000 organizations representing well over 20 million employees in the United States.