Excelsior, MN (January 31, 2017)—Keller Williams Realty, Inc., was welcomed into the No. 1 spot on the 2017 Training Top 125 and earned induction into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame in 2018 after ranking in the Top 10 for four consecutive years. Four companies landed Top 5 spots for the first time: New York Community Bancorp, Inc., at No. 2; Leading Real Estate Companies of the World at No. 3; BNSF Railway at No. 4; and Sonic Automotive, Inc., at No. 5.
Some 23 new companies broke into the Top 125 this year. The majority of the companies are in the finance/banking, health/medical services, insurance, business services, and hospitality industries. See the end of this article for the full list of winners.
Training magazine recognized the 2017 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Gala by the Sea held last night during the Training 2017 Conference & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The black-tie gala was sponsored by Brella Learning, CEB, Godiva, Pelucida, SAP, Seiko, the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame, and Turning Technologies. Seiko served as the official timekeeper of the event, and Pelucida provided the crystal awards.
Now in its 17th year, the Training Top 125 is the only report that ranks companies unsurpassed in harnessing human capital. Some overall statistics from the quantitative analysis of the winning 2017 Training Top 125 applications include:
- The mean revenue was $7.9 billion U.S. and $7.7 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $35.5 million, representing 4.53 percent of payroll. The mean amount of training cost savings was 12 percent.
- The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 34,815, with 25,160 trained in the classroom and 64,516 trained online. A mean of 641 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 3,853 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 215 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. All of the 2017 Training Top 125ers have a technology infrastructure.
- The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 147 and 316, respectively.
- Some 95 percent of Top 125 winners have a tuition reimbursement program. A mean of 11 percent of eligible employees made use of tuition reimbursement programs in the last year. Median spend on tuition reimbursement programs was $352,915.
- Some 99 percent of winners use employee satisfaction surveys, while all use competency maps and personal/individual development plans. Some 76 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
- On the evaluation side, 91 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 94 percent utilize Return on Investment; 82 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 71 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (100 percent), Level 2 (99 percent), and Levels 3 and 4 (98 percent).
During the gala, Training inducted Jiffy Lube International, Inc.; CHG Healthcare Services; and Capital BlueCross into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame after they ranked in the Top 10 of the Training Top 125 companies for four consecutive years. Two Top 125 winners—Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan—met the criteria in 2017 and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. 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 (in alphabetical order):
BEST PRACTICE AWARD WINNERS
- BB&T Corporation
- General Motors Sales, Service & Marketing Division
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
- Ricoh USA, Inc.
OUTSTANDING TRAINING INITIATIVES
- ADP, LLC
- Best Buy
- BNSF Railway
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company
- Paychex, Inc.
“The 2017 Training Top 125 winners are beacons of light for the training industry,” notes Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “We salute their unwavering dedication to employee training and development and their passionate belief in continuous learning. We hope they will continue to ride the wave of their training success and expand their learning and development horizons!”
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 2017 issue. The digital edition can be found online at http://www.trainingmag.com.
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About Training magazine
Training is a 53-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.
2017 Training Top 125 Winners
1 Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
2 New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
3 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
4 BNSF Railway
5 Sonic Automotive, Inc.
6 Best Buy
7 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
8 Dollar General Corporation
9 Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
10 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
11 WellSpan Health
12 Tata Consultancy Services
13 ABF Freight
14 Pacific Gas & Electric Company
15 Ascend Federal Credit Union
16 MasTec – Utility Services Group
17 Western Union Company
19 ESL Federal Credit Union
20 Paychex, Inc.
21 Birmingham Water Works Board
22 First Horizon National Corporation
23 Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson
24 Gables Residential
25 ADP, LLC
26 DPR Construction
27 New York Life Insurance Company
28 Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.
29 Edward Jones
30 Northwestern Mutual
31 DaVita, Inc.
32 Genentech, Inc.
33 Aon plc
35 Anthem Inc.
36 Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
37 Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
38 PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL LLC
39 Gilbane Building Company
40 Crown Resorts Australia
41 Iron Mountain
43 Vistage Worldwide
44 United Shore Financial Services
45 Valvoline Instant Oil Change
46 SinglePoint Inc.
47 Carilion Clinic
48 Hagerty Insurance
50 Miami Children’s Health System
52 Enterprise Holdings
54 Aetna Inc.
55 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina
56 FORUM Credit Union
57 G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
58 One Nevada Credit Union
59 Ricoh USA, Inc.
60 VSP Global
61 BKD, LLP
62 General Motors Sales, Service & Marketing Division
63 Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
64 CarMax, Inc.
66 Mohawk Industries, Inc.
67 Bass & Associates, P.C.
69 Avanade, Inc.
70 BB&T Corporation
71 Tandus Centiva, A Tarkett Company
72 Florida Blue
74 Bankers Life
75 Shaw Industries, Inc.
77 United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
79 Quicken Loans, Inc.
80 AT&T Inc.
81 U.S. Security Associates, Inc.
82 MTM, Inc.
84 Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
85 AMN Healthcare
86 CVS Health
87 Dominion Enterprises
88 University of New Mexico Hospitals
89 Norton Healthcare
90 Penn Station, Inc.
91 Choice Hotels International
93 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
94 Empire Wealth Strategies
95 Navy Federal Credit Union
96 BayCare Health System
97 Bright Horizons Family Solutions
99 Bell and Howell
100 Special Response Corporation
101 Specialist Staffing Group
102 Mariner Finance, LLC
104 La Quinta Holdings Inc.
105 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
106 Van Meter, Inc.
107 Microchip Technology Inc.
109 National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited
110 Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
111 Health Decisions, CRO+
112 Red Roof Inn Inc.
113 U.S. Postal Service
114 Signature Consultants
115 American Fidelity
116 Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.
117 NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation
118 PPL Electric Utilities
119 Total Quality Logistics
120 Scottrade Inc.
123 Workiva Inc.
124 The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
125 Persistent Systems Ltd