Independent mortgage lender recognized for its outstanding work environment,
company culture and future potential for fifth straight year
SAN DIEGO – Guild Mortgage, one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has been named a winner of the 2017 Top Workplace award by The San Diego Union-Tribune, earning the distinction for the fifth consecutive year.
The Top Workplaces Program honors companies that have outstanding workplace culture and business environments highly valued by their employees. The lists are based solely on the results of an anonymous employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
The online survey ranks employee levels of satisfaction with their jobs, confidence in the future prospects of the company, feelings of appreciation, manager effectiveness and trust in the company. The Top Workplace survey went to employers and staff of public, private, non-profit and governmental organizations with 50 or more employees and rankings require a minimum 35 percent response rate to qualify.
Companies with the most points receive the top rankings in one of three categories based on the size of the organization: 500 or more employees, 100 to 499 employees and 50 to 99 employees. This year, 77 organizations agreed to participate in the survey process and 51 San Diego area employers scored high enough to earn Top Workplaces honors.
Guild Mortgage, which employs more than 600 people in San Diego County, was ranked No. 5 in the large company category.
“Our two greatest strengths are our entrepreneurial culture and our people,” said Mary Ann McGarry, president and CEO of Guild Mortgage. “We encourage a listening culture at Guild and value the perspectives of all our employees. We are so pleased that our people have continued to express their satisfaction with our company and plans for the future.”
Guild Mortgage’s growth over the past six 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 250 branch and satellite offices in 26 states today. In addition to workplace culture, Guild is consistently recognized for positive contributions to the communities it serves and its commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service.
A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild offers first-time homebuyers a wide range of loan options and personalized service. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time homebuyers achieve home ownership, often through government loan programs, to jumbo home loans. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100-percent financing and flexible qualifying standards.
About Guild Mortgage
Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Co. is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender offering a wide range of residential mortgage products and local in-house processing, underwriting and funding. Its collegial and entrepreneurial culture enables it to deliver unsurpassed levels of customer service. Having been through every economic cycle, the company has grown 16-fold since 2008, and now has more than 4,000 employees operating from 250 branch and satellite offices in 25 states. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, low down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. The company generated $15.9 billion in loan volume in 2016, as compared to $1 billion in 2008. In addition, Guild services more than 155,000 loans, which totaled $30 billion in 2016, and has correspondent banking relationships with credit unions and community banks in 47 states. (Equal Housing Lender- Company NMLS #3274).
About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, Energage specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Energage also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. Energage is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.