BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the "Company") announced that Great Place to Work® named Walker & Dunlop as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Walker & Dunlop ranked #7 on the list recognizing companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.
"What an honor! Walker & Dunlop sells the world's truest commodity, money. The only thing that differentiates our money from the competition's is our people. For Walker & Dunlop to be named one of the Great Places to Work is a huge compliment to our people, to our management philosophy, and to our business," commented Walker & Dunlop Chairman and CEO, Willy Walker.
With a generous bonus pool and cash incentives for exercising, Walker & Dunlop is a company that clearly stands out in the commercial real estate finance industry. Employee engagement opportunities that include frequent lunches with managers, weekly updates from the Chairman and CEO, quarterly All Company meetings and a series of annual social and volunteer events are integral to maintaining the company culture. Additionally, Walker & Dunlop offers 48 hours of paid time off annually to volunteer for the charity of the employee's choice and meaningful service awards of up to $20,000, based on tenure milestones.
Creators of the list, Great Place to Work®, have found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.Walker & Dunlop was selected from more than 600 companies vying for a place on the list this year. Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. Now in its ninth year, the competition is divided into two categories, Small (50-250 employees) and Medium (251-999 employees). "The Best Small & Medium Workplace list grows more competitive every year and this list represents the best of the best," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work®. "While each company is unique, what they have in common are strong cultures that support positive workplaces." Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.