Training magazine Ranks 2018 Training Top 125 Organizations

These are the organizations that excelled at employee training and development in the last year.


Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

Excelsior, MN (February 13, 2018)—Leading Real Estate Companies of the World nabbed the No. 1 listing on the 2018 Training Top 125. New York Community Bancorp and BNSF Railway Company retained their spots, No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. Sonic Automotive moved up to No. 3. Dollar General Corporation rounded out the Top 5 for the first time.

Some 31 new companies broke into the Top 125 this year. The majority of the companies are in the business services, health/medical services, finance/banking, insurance, and hospitality industries.

Training magazine recognized the 2018 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Training Top 125 Masquerade Ball held last night during the Training 2018 Conference & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The black-tie gala was sponsored by Brella, Pelucida, Seiko, and the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame. Brella spearheaded the event production. Pelucida created the crystal awards. And Seiko served as the official timekeeper of the event and provided keepsake watches and the commemorative clock for the No. 1 winner.

Now in its 18th 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 2018 Training Top 125 applications include:

  • The mean revenue was $8.7 billion U.S. and $13.5 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $33.8 million, representing 4.33 percent of payroll. The mean amount of training cost savings was 17.7 percent.
  • The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 42,116, with 17,872 trained in the classroom and 47,689 trained online. A mean of 494 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 4,154 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 151 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. All but one of the 2018 Training Top 125ers have a technology infrastructure.
  • The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 126 and 319, 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 $215,815.
  • Some 98 percent of winners use employee satisfaction surveys, while all use competency maps and personal/individual development plans. Some 75 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 86 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 94 percent utilize Return on Investment; 78 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 67 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (99 percent), Levels 2 and 3 (100 percent), and Level 4 (98 percent).

During the gala, Training inducted Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Keller Williams Realty, Inc., 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. 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):


Anthem Inc.

Edward Jones

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Smith & Nephew

WellSpan Health


Best Buy

Hagerty Insurance

Iron Mountain

Pacific Gas & Electric

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

“We salute the 2018 Training Top 125 winners’ fierce commitment to employee learning and development and their passionate belief that Training Matters,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “We hope they will continue to revel in their training success and unmask the possibilities of continuous learning and innovation in their organizations!

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, how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives, and their effectiveness in terms of business impact..

Companies that wish to be considered for Top 125 ranking complete a detailed application, which is scored both quantitatively (85 points) by an outside research and statistical data company and qualitatively (40 points) 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 2018 issue. The digital edition can be found online at

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Training is a 54-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.


1                     Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

2                     New York Community Bancorp

3                     Sonic Automotive

4                     BNSF Railway Company

5                     Dollar General Corporation, LLC

6                     Pacific Gas & Electric

7                     Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

8                     United Shore

9                     MasTec – Utility Services

10                   Best Buy

11                   Ascend Federal Credit Union

12                   ArcBest

13                   Tata Consultancy Services

14                   Paychex, Inc.

15                   Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

16                   ADP, LLC

17                   Western Union

18                   ESL Federal Credit Union

19                   Birmingham Water Works Board

20                   WellSpan Health

21                   Edward Jones

22                   Haskell

23                   OptumRx

24                   Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

25                   Gilbane Building Company

26                   Florida Blue

27                   CVS Health

28                   Gables Residential

29                   Nicklaus Children’s Health System

30                   VSP Global

31                   Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

32                   Avanade

33                   Iron Mountain

34                   Assurant, Inc.

35                   Norton Healthcare

36                   Hagerty

37                   DaVita Inc.

38                   BayCare Health System

39                   Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson

40                   Paycor

41                   Crown Resorts Australia

42                   Valvoline Instant Oil Change

43                   ConServe

44                   MTM, Inc.

45                   Anthem Inc.

46                   New York Life Insurance Company

47                   Mohawk Industries, Inc.

48                   Vi

49                   CarMax, Inc.

50                   Aon plc

51                   PPD

52                   One Nevada Credit Union

53                   United Services Automobile Association

54                   Bankers Life

55                   Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

56                   G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

57                   Dominion Enterprises

58                   Aetna Inc.

59                   Pennrose

60                   Choice Hotels International

61                   Shaw Industries

62                   U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

63                   Ricoh USA, Inc.

64                   Rollins, LLC

65                   Mastercard

66                   Navient

67                   BB&T Corporation

68                   Bass & Associates, P.C.

69                   BKD, LLP

70                   The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

71                   Tarkett North America (A Division of Tarkett)

72                   Emser Tile, LLC

73                   Enterprise Holdings

74                   SinglePoint GI Inc.

75                   Mariner Finance, LLC.

76                   TIAA

77                   Argo Group

78                   Penn Station, Inc.

79                   Colorado Springs Utilities

80                   University of New Mexico Hospitals

81                   Sanofi (China) Investment Co., LTD.

82                   Personnel Board of Jefferson County

83                   Holman Enterprises

84                   La Quinta Holdings Inc.

85                   Collabria Financial Services / TMG Financial Services

86                   Walmart

87                   State Compensation Insurance Fund

88                   Cartus

89                   Persistent Systems Ltd

90                   Specialist Staffing Group

91                   MSU Federal Credit Union

92                   Navy Federal Credit Union

93                   Vantiv

94                   American Fidelity

95                   Southern Management Corporation

96                   Van Meter, Inc.

97                   Microchip Technology Inc

98                   Concentrix Corporation

99                   Bell and Howell

100                 Windham Professionals Inc.

101                 Smith & Nephew

102                 Carilion Clinic

103                 PPL Electric Utilities

104                 Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL)

105                 Health Decisions, CRO+

106                 Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC (d/b/a Signature Consultants)

107                 Special Response Corporation

108                 U.S. Postal Service

109                 FDIC Corporate University

110                 Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.

111                 ZeroChaos

112                 Arrow Electronics’ Enterprise Computing Solutions

113                 LaSalle Network

114                 Guckenheimer

115                 Intermedia, Inc.

116                 Solstice

117                 Dow AgroSciences LLC (U.S. Operations)

118                 Workiva Inc.

119                 Two Men and a Truck

120                 The Detective Training Centre of The Hong Kong Police Force

121                 Walden Security

122                 Alamo Pharma Services

123                 AAMCO Transmission, Inc.

124                 England Logistics

125                 Morrison Healthcare


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.