Training magazine Ranks 2014 Top 125 Organizations

These are the organizations that excelled at employee development in 2014.

Excelsior, MN (February 4, 2014)— Jiffy Lube International, Inc., accelerated into the top spot on the 2014 Training Top 125, while Keller Williams Realty, Inc., moved up to No. 2. CHG Healthcare Services took fourth place. Top 5 newcomers Capital BlueCross and Mohawk Industries, Inc., nabbed Nos. 3 and 5, respectively. This year, 27 newcomers cracked the Top 125 list.

Training magazine recognized the 2014 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Golden Gala—themed in honor of Training magazine’s 50th anniversary—held last night during the Training 2014 Conference & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. The black-tie gala  was sponsored by Advantexe, Allen Interactions, American Management Association, American Public University, Franklin Covey, Game On Learning, Godiva, Herrmann International, KESDEE Inc., Omnikron, Seiko, Sheppard Partners, the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame, Turning Technologies, and Vistage. Seiko served as the official timekeeper of the event.

Now in its 14th year, the Training Top 125 is the only report that ranks companies unsurpassed in harnessing human capital. Some applicant statistics of note:

  • The mean revenue was $4.5 billion U.S. and $6.5 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $24.3 million, representing 5.84 percent of payroll.
  • The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 31,079, with 16,577 trained in the classroom and 29,744 trained online. A mean of 451 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 1,709 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 165 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms.
  • The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 199 and 557, respectively.
  • Some 99 percent of applicants have a tuition reimbursement program. A mean of 8 percent of eligible employees made use of tuition reimbursement programs in the last year. Median spend on tuition reimbursement programs was $400,000.
  • Some 99 percent of applicants use employee satisfaction surveys, competency maps, and personal/individual development plans. Only 69 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 77 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 83 percent utilize Return on Investment; 79 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 58 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (99 percent), Levels 2 and 3 (97 percent), and Level 4 (95 percent).

During the gala, Training inducted Verizon and Farmers Insurance into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame after ranking in the Top 10 of the Training Top 125 companies for at least four consecutive years. Members remain in the Top 10 Hall of Fame for a minimum of three years. After that, they can choose to remain in the Hall of Fame by adhering to specific guidelines or they can opt to reapply for Training Top 125 consideration.

In addition, yesterday afternoon, Training recognized innovative and successful learning and development programs and practices utilized by the Training Top 125 winners.   Best Practice and Outstanding Training Initiative winners received crystal trophies during a ceremony on the Expo Stage.   They were:


Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Baylor Health Care System

CHG Healthcare Services

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change


BNSF Railway

Discover Financial Services

First Data Corporation

First Horizon National Corporation


“The 2104 Training Top 125 winners did a stellar job of proving their training effectiveness with concrete results that helped achieve corporate strategic goals,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “They demonstrated an organization-wide commitment to and passion for training that is to be commended. Congratulations to all the companies named to the 2014 Training Top 125.”

The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

Companies that wish to be considered for Top 125 ranking complete a detailed application, which is scored both quantitatively (70 percent of total score) by an outside research and statistical data company and qualitatively (30 percent of total score) by Training magazine editors and Top 10 Hall of Fame representatives.

For a profile of each of the Top 5 companies on the Training Top 125, additional information

about the training efforts of all 125 companies, details on the programs receiving Best Practice and Outstanding Training Initiative awards, and the Hall of Fame inductees, see the January/February 2014 issue. To order a copy or Training Top 125 merchandise, visit The digital edition and individual articles can be found online at

About Training magazine

Training is a 50-year-old professional development magazine written for training, human resources, and business management professionals in all industries that advocate training and workforce development as a business tool. Training also produces world-class conferences, expositions, and digital products that focus on job-related, employer-sponsored training and education in the working world. Training is published by Lakewood Media Group.

2014 Training Top 125 Winners

  1. Jiffy Lube International
  2. Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
  3. Capital BlueCross
  4. CHG Healthcare Services
  5. Mohawk Industries, Inc.
  6. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  7. McDonald’s USA, LLC
  8. Coldwell Banker
  9. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  10. DPR Construction
  11. Arkansas Best Corporation (ABF)
  12. Health Care Service Corporation
  13. Economical Insurance
  14. CareSource
  15. Savvis, A CenturyLink Company
  16. Paychex, Inc.
  17. Capital One
  18. BB&T Corporation
  19. Gables Residential
  20. Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
  21. American Infrastructure
  22. Chesterfield County, Virginia
  23. Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.
  24. Edward Jones
  25. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
  26. Dollar General Corporation
  27. Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  28. Christiana Care Health System
  29. Shaw Industries, Inc.
  30. DEFENDER Direct
  31. Baylor Health Care System
  32. WellSpan Health
  33. Afni, Inc
  34. First Horizon National Corporation
  35. Walgreens
  36. Avanade
  37. Aetna Inc.
  38. Shape Corp
  39. Nationwide Insurance
  40. U.S. Security Associates, Inc.
  41. ESL Federal Credit Union
  42. Wells Fargo & Co.
  43. Gilbane
  44. Cerner Corporation
  45. Darden
  46. Morrison-TouchPoint
  47. Northwestern Mutual
  48. Miami Children’s Hospital
  49. Century 21 Real Estate LLC
  50. ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  51. Rent-A-Center
  52. Bankers Life and Casualty Company and Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Company
  53. University Hospitals
  54. Quicken Loans Inc.
  55. Orkin, LLC
  56. Tandus Centiva, A Tarkett Company
  57. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina
  58. Vistage International
  59. Best Buy
  60. CarMax, Inc.
  61. EMC Corporation
  62. Allied International Credit
  63. TD Bank
  64. Florida Blue
  65. MasterCard Worldwide
  66. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  67. Discover Financial Services
  68. IMG College
  69. PPD
  70. USAA
  71. Choice Hotels International
  72. BP
  73. Western Summit Constructors, Inc.
  74. Vi
  75. Birmingham Water Works
  76. Tech Mahindra Ltd.
  77. University of New Mexico Hospitals
  78. Baptist Health Care Corporation
  79. First Data Corporation
  80. Cartus
  81. VSP Global
  82. The Aerospace Corporation
  83. Bass & Associates, P.C.
  84. Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells
  85. Sonic Automotive, Inc.
  86. Navy Federal Credit Union
  87. Windstream Communications
  88. DaVita
  89. BKD, LLP
  90. SpawGlass
  91. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
  92. Iron Mountain Incorporated
  93. Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  94. New York Life Insurance Company
  95. Healthways, Inc.
  96. New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
  97. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  98. Carilion Clinic
  99. Intel Corporation
  100. ValleyCrest Landscape Companies
  101. American Fidelity Assurance Company
  102. SunTrust Banks, Inc.
  103. Owens & Minor Medical Inc.
  104. Mountain America Credit Union
  105. RE/MAX, LLC
  106. ExactTarget
  107. Microchip Technology Inc.
  108. Schmitt Sussman Enterprises dba PFP
  109. Special Response Corporation
  110. Western Union
  111. Migros Ticaret A.S.
  112. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  113. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  114. One Nevada Credit Union
  115. Allianz of America, Inc.
  116. Haskell
  117. Aditya Birla Minacs
  118. Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy
  119. Smiths Medical
  120. LQ Management, L.L.C.
  121. Mars, Incorporated
  122. BNSF Railway
  123. BigMachines, Inc.
  124. Consigli Construction Company, Inc.
  125. Novo Nordisk Inc.


Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.