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SOURCE Walker & Dunlop, Inc.
Employee Trust in the Workplace is the leading factor for great workplaces
Bethesda, Md., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the "Company") announced that it was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best workplaces in the United States on their annual 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. This is the second year in a row that Walker & Dunlop has been honored with this distinction.
Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Walker & Dunlop participated in a rigorous selection process. Great Place to Work® evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. In compiling the list, Great Place to Work® 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.
"What better award could we receive than being one of the best places to work in a business that depends on the quality and commitment of our people?" commented Willy Walker, Walker & Dunlop Chairman & CEO. "We strive to create an environment that is conducive to growth and development of our business and our employees – that is the DNA of our corporate culture. Walker & Dunlop's corporate culture is what has differentiated our firm throughout its 75-year history, and although the company's size and scale have changed dramatically over the past five years, our emphasis on people, process, productivity and culture has not. Our people continue to be Walker & Dunlop's most valuable resource and their contributions on a daily basis make this company a truly great place to work."
Walker & Dunlop shows its commitment to employees by working hard to maintain and enhance the corporate culture that sets the Company apart in the commercial real estate finance industry. The Company provides wellness incentives; encourages community involvement by offering paid time off annually to volunteer; rewards service and tenure with awards up to $25,000; and makes daily investments of time and resources to insure employees know that their efforts are important and appreciated.
"The companies appearing on our Best Small & Medium Workplaces list help us achieve our mission by presenting others with an example to emulate. These companies demonstrate that being an excellent employer leads to business success," said Robert Levering, CEO and Co-founder of Great Place to Work®. "While these companies may be relatively small in headcount, many of them provide services to some of the country's largest and most notable organizations, suggesting that success has not so much to do with size as with the quality of service and experience a company provides. A great workplace, full of great employees, is better equipped to achieve that success."
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.
To see the 2013 Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit www.greatplacetowork.com or to learn more about Walker & Dunlop, visit www.walkerdunlop.com.
About Walker & Dunlop
Through its subsidiary Walker & Dunlop, LLC, Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) is one of the leading commercial real estate finance companies in the United States, with a primary focus on multifamily lending. As a Fannie Mae DUS®, Freddie Mac Program Plus® and MAP- and LEAN-approved FHA lender, the Multifamily and FHA Finance groups are focused on lending to property owners, investors, and developers of multifamily properties across the country. The Capital Markets group specializes in financing commercial real estate for owners and investors across the United States, securing capital from large institutions such as life insurance companies, commercial banks, CMBS lenders, pension funds, and specialty finance companies. The Proprietary Capital group develops new financial products and provides institutional advisory, asset management, and investment management services with respect to debt, structured debt and equity, including interim financing. Walker & Dunlop, LLC has over 400 employees located in 20 offices nationwide. More information about the Company can be found at www.walkerdunlop.com.
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.
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