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Guild Mortgage Company has been selected as one of San Diego’s “Top Places to Work” by U-T San Diego for the second consecutive year. The award identifies companies that have outstanding human resource practices and a culture and business environment that are highly valued and appreciated by employees.
For the annual survey, the U-T and WorkplaceDynamics reached out to employers and employees of companies with 50 or more workers to participate. This year, 63 San Diego County employers and 8,353 employees responded to the survey, according to the U-T. Of the 63 local participating companies, 15 were included as a Top Workplace.
Guild has been one of the fastest growing independent mortgage companies in the United States the past three years. For the survey period, it had 10 locations and 460 employees in San Diego and 1,907 employees in its more than 200 offices in 23 states.
“We are honored that Guild Mortgage has been recognized by the U-T San Diego survey for a second consecutive year,” said Mary Ann McGarry, president and CEO of Guild Mortgage. “This award showcases our management team and the fine people throughout the organization and how they have maintained our culture during one of our most rapid growth periods in history. We have our employees to thank for their extraordinary service and their day-to-day commitment to our company and to our customers.”
The ranking is based on employee anonymous responses to an online survey. To qualify for ranking, the survey requires a minimum 35 percent response rate from employees. The online survey ranked employee levels of satisfaction with their jobs, their confidence in the future prospects of the company, feelings of appreciation, manager effectiveness and trust in the company. The survey also included open-ended questions about topics such as their view of the company culture and outlook on the company future.
Guild Mortgage has grown from a single office in San Diego to become one of the leading independent mortgage banking companies in the United States because of its entrepreneurial culture, quality of people and commitment to customer service. Guild offers a traditional range of residential mortgage products and funds most of its loans, which provides consistency and also speeds approvals. It has pioneered programs to help first-time homebuyers achieve their dreams of home ownership, often through government loan programs, helping responsible people obtain a loan.