Training magazine Ranks 2015 Top 125 Organizations

These are the organizations that excelled at employee development in 2015.

Excelsior, MN (February 10, 2015)— Keller Williams Realty, Inc., moved into No. 1 (up from No. 2 last year) on the 2015 Training Top 125, while Jiffy Lube International drove into the No. 2 spot. Health-care companies dominated the rest of the Top 5, with Capital BlueCross, CHG Healthcare Services, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan notching Nos. 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Some 27 new companies broke into the Top 125 this year. The majority of the companies are in the health/medical services, real estate/insurance, finance/banking, technology, and retail industries.

Training magazine recognized the 2015 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Scarlet Ball held last night during the Training 2015 Conference & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The black-tie gala  was sponsored by Advantexe, Allen Interactions, American Public University, elearning brothers, Franklin Covey, Godiva, Grovo, Herrmann International, ISA, Pelucida, Seiko, the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame, and Turning Technologies. Seiko served as the official timekeeper of the event.

Now in its 15th 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 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $30.6 million, representing 5.92 percent of payroll. The mean amount of training costs savings was 10 percent.
  • The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 38,619, with 19,031 trained in the classroom and 31,915 trained online. A mean of 591 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 2,429 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 164 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. Some 98 percent of applicants have a technological infrastructure to support the delivery and management of training.
  • The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 117 and 674, respectively.
  • Some 97 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 $462,350.
  • Some 99 percent of applicants use employee satisfaction surveys, while 97 percent use competency maps and personal/individual development plans. Some 71 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 74 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 82 percent utilize Return on Investment; 76 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 57 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (98 percent), Levels 2 (96 percent), Level 3 (95 percent) and Level 4 (86 percent).

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:


Genentech, Inc.

Iron Mountain, Incorporated

Mountain America Credit Union




Gables Residential

Jiffy Lube International

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


University Hospitals

“In scoring the 2015 applications, the Training Top 125 judges focused relentlessly on how applicants demonstrated the effectiveness of their training through Kirkpatrick Level 3 (behavior) and 4 (results) evaluations,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “That ratcheted up the level of competition, with the winners demonstrating a commendable commitment to employee training and development that resulted in the achievement of key corporate strategic goals. Congratulations to all the companies named to the 2015 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 2015 issue.

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Training is a 51-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.

2015 Training Top 125 Winners

1. Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

2. Jiffy Lube International

3. Capital BlueCross

4. CHG Healthcare Services

5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

6. ABF Freight

7. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

8. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

9. Capital One

10. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

11. Northwestern Mutual

12. Novo Nordisk, Inc.

13. Paychex, Inc.

14. Mohawk Industries, Inc.

15. WellSpan Health

16. Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

17. Edward Jones

18. ADP, LLC

19. CareSource

20. University Hospitals

21. Gables Residential

22. Baylor Scott and White Health

23. Dollar General Corporation

24. Birmingham Water Works Board

25. Walgreens

26. Health Care Service Corporation

27. DEFENDER Direct

28. Economical Insurance

29. BNSF Railway

30. Century 21 Real Estate LLC

31. Avanade

32. Gilbane

33. Genentech, Inc.

34. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

35. Florida Blue

36. Afni

37. Rent-A-Center

38. DaVita Healthcare Partners

39. BB&T Corporation

40. ConAgra Foods, Inc.

41. Carilion Clinic

42. McDonald’s USA, LLC

43. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina

44. Miami Children’s Hospital

45. SpawGlass

46. Christiana Care Health System

47. Shape Corp

48. Best Buy

49. ESL Federal Credit Union

50. Caesars Entertainment Corporation

51. Bankers Life

52. BP America

53. Discover Financial Services

54. Shaw Industries, Inc.

55. Western Union

56. La Quinta Holdings

57. BKD, LLP

58. Iron Mountain, Incorporated

59. One Nevada Credit Union

60. Aetna Inc.

61. CarMax, Inc.

62. Wells Fargo

63. Mountain America Credit Union

64. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

65. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

66. Tandus Centiva (A Tarkett Company)

67. PPD

68. TD Bank

69. Sonic Automotive

70. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

71. Morrison

72. Haskell

73. Vi

74. Bass & Associates, P.C.


76. Valvoline Instant Oil Change

77. Cerner Corporation

78. New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

79. USAA

80. VSP Global

81. Navy Federal Credit Union

82. U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

83. Tech Mahindra Ltd.

84. Tenaris

85. EMC Corporation

86. Quicken Loans Inc.

87. MasterCard

88. Cartus

89. Ricoh USA

90. Choice Hotels International

91. ValleyCrest Companies

92. Allianz of America, Inc.

93. Sacramento Municipal Utility District

94. MasTec – Utility Services Group

95. Owens & Minor, Inc.

96. Consigli Construction Company, Inc.

97. Allied Global

98. American Fidelity Assurance Company

99. Healthways, Inc.

100. Microchip Technology Inc.

101. Cognizant Technology Solutions

102. Kimberly-Clark Corporation

103. New York Life Insurance Company

104. PAREXEL International

105. Cisco

106. Special Response Corporation

107. Navient

108. ConServe

109. Dominion Enterprises

110. NIIT

111. MGM Resorts International

112. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

113. Ascend Federal Credit Union

114. PetSmart

115. EMD Millipore and EMD Serono

116. Tata Consultancy Services Limited

117. Guckenheimer

118. Monitronics International, Inc.

119. Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc

120. ERA Franchise Systems LLC

121. Enterprise Holdings

122. Hagerty Insurance

123. Pacific Gas & Electric

124. Health Decisions, CRO+

125. PPL Electric Utilities


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.