Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine
Excelsior, MN (February 26, 2019)—Retailers flexed their training muscle on the 2019 Training Top 125, with Dollar General Corporation, LLC, earning the top spot and Best Buy ranking third. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (#2), Nationwide (#4), and BNSF Railway Co. (#5) rounded out the Top 5.
Some 28 new companies broke into the Top 125 this year. The majority of the companies are in the business services, finance/banking, health/medical services, insurance, and IT/technology industries.
Training magazine recognized the 2019 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Training Top 125 Wish Upon a Star Gala held last night during the Training 2019 Conference & Expo at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. The black-tie gala was sponsored by Adobe, Brella, Pelucida, Seiko, and the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame. Adobe provided a special gift for the Gala attendees. 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 a commemorative clock for the No. 1 winner.
Now in its 19th year, the Training Top 125 is the only awards program that ranks companies unsurpassed in harnessing human capital. Some overall statistics from the quantitative analysis of the winning 2019 Training Top 125 applications include:
- The mean revenue was $9.7 billion U.S. and $12.2 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $25 million, representing 7.34 percent of payroll. The mean amount of training cost savings was 13 percent.
- The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 38,704, with 19,828 trained in the classroom and 56,548 trained online. A mean of 631 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 7,860 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 155 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. All but one of the 2019 Training Top 125ers have a technology infrastructure.
- The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 137 and 269, 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 $205,248.
- 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).
Yesterday afternoon, Training recognized innovative and successful learning and development programs and practices utilized by some of 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
- BayCare Health System
- Paychex, Inc.
- Walden Security
OUTSTANDING TRAINING INITIATIVE AWARD WINNERS
- Best Buy
- Birmingham Water Works Board
- CarMax, Inc.
- FORUM Credit Union
- Van Meter, Inc.
“We salute the 2019 Training Top 125 winners’ training brilliance, their out-of-this-world innovation, and their deep dedication to employee learning and development,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “We hope they will continue to inspire this and future generations with their love of learning and commitment to training! The sky’s the limit!”
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 (73 points) by an outside research and statistical data company and qualitatively (52 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, and details on the programs receiving Best Practice and Outstanding Training Initiative awards, see the March/April 2019 issue. The digital edition can be found online at http://www.trainingmag.com.
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2019 Training Top 125 Winners
1 Dollar General Corporation, LLC
2 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
3 Best Buy
5 BNSF Railway Co.
6 Sonic Automotive
7 Birmingham Water Works Board
9 United Shore
10 WellSpan Health
11 Ascend Federal Credit Union
12 Paychex, Inc.
13 BayCare Health System
14 Edward Jones
15 Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
16 MasTec Utility Services
17 ESL Federal Credit Union
18 New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
20 Florida Blue
21 Valvoline Instant Oil Change
22 Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.
23 First Horizon National Corporation
24 CVS Health
25 Pacific Gas & Electric
26 Mohawk Industries, Inc.
27 Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
28 Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson
30 Gilbane Building Company
31 ADP, LLC
32 Norton Healthcare
33 MTM, Inc.
34 SE2, LLC
36 FORUM Credit Union
37 Applied Materials, Inc.
39 Anthem Inc.
43 Veeam Software
44 Windham Professionals Inc.
46 Bell and Howell
47 Gables Residential
48 The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
49 Rosendin Electric Inc.
51 CarMax, Inc.
52 Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
53 Carilion Clinic
54 Walden Security
55 G4S Secured Solutions (USA) Inc.
56 BKD CPAs & Advisors
58 Concentrix Corporation
59 Intermedia, Inc
60 One Nevada Credit Union
62 Aon plc
64 Rollins, LLC
65 Van Meter, Inc.
66 Avanade, Inc.
67 Williams & Fudge, Inc.
68 AAA Northeast
69 Nicklaus Children’s Health System
70 Ricoh USA, Inc.
72 Choice Hotels International
73 Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
74 VSP Global
76 BB&T Corporation
77 Bankers Life
78 Navy Federal Credit Union
79 Argo Group
80 State Compensation Insurance Fund
81 Tarkett North America, a division of Tarkett
82 Persistent Systems Ltd
83 Aetna Inc.
84 PPL Electric Utilities
85 FDIC Corporate University
86 C&A Industries
87 University of New Mexico Hospitals
88 Shaw Industries
89 Bass & Associates, P.C.
90 Exchange Bank
91 Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.
92 Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC d/b/a Signature Consultants
93 Specialist Staffing Group
94 Two Men and a Truck International
95 Penn Station East Coast Subs
96 Emser Tile, LLC
97 New York Life Insurance Company
98 American Fidelity
99 Bright Horizons Family Solutions
100 Workiva Inc.
101 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
102 Microchip Technology Inc
103 Special Response Corporation
105 Jones Lang LaSalle
106 Dellbrook | JKS Construction
107 Fisher Investments
109 England Logistics
110 Holman Enterprises
111 LaSalle Network
113 Western & Southern Financial Group
114 The Probationary Inspector Training Division of School of Foundation Training in Hong Kong Police College, Hong Kong Police Force
115 NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
116 Spectrum Health
117 Electric Power Board (EPB)
118 HGS Inc., USA
120 DISH Network
121 PSA Airlines
122 Morrison Healthcare
123 Alliance Residential Company
124 PPS Insurance Company
125 Sundt Construction
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Training is a 55-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.