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Rankings | February 25, 2020

Training Magazine Ranks 2020 Training Top 125 Organizations

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

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Excelsior, MN (February 25, 2020)—2020 marks the 20th year Training magazine has recognized organizations that provide best-in-class employee training and development. This year, retailer Dollar General Corporation, LLC, racked up its second consecutive #1 win, followed by MasTec Utility Services (#2), Best Buy (#3), BNSF Railway Company (#4), and United Shore (#5).

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

Training magazine recognized the 2020 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during the Training Top 125 Reflections Gala held last night during the Training 2020 Conference & Expo at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. The black-tie gala was sponsored by Adobe, Brainier, Brella, Seiko, and the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame. Adobe gave away an iPad. Brainier did a gift card giveaway. Brella spearheaded the event production. And Seiko served as the official timekeeper of the event and provided keepsake watches and a commemorative clock for the No. 1 winner.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame after earning a Top 10 ranking for four consecutive years. The Hall of Fame now numbers 17 companies.

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 2020 Training Top 125 applications include:

  • The mean revenue was $7.8 billion U.S. and $12.9 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $74 million, representing 5.96 percent of payroll.
  • The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 40,008, with 20,745 trained in the classroom and 51,571 trained online. A mean of 409 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 19,399 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 195 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. All but two of the 2020 Training Top 125ers have a technology infrastructure.
  • The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 145 and 191, 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 $199,277.
  • Some 99 percent of winners use employee satisfaction surveys, while 95 percent use competency maps. Some 69 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 89 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 86 percent utilize Return on Investment; 78 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 66 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (98 percent), Levels 2 and 3 (96 percent), and Level 4 (94 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):


  • Avanade Inc.
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Haskell
  • Sovos
  • Spectrum Health


  • AstraZeneca China
  • Dollar General Corporation, LLC
  • Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
  • Sonic Automotive
  • Walden Security

“The presence of these luminaries on the 2020 Training Top 125 reflects their relentless dedication to employee learning and development, their remarkable achievements, their creative spark, and their constant reinforcement that Training Matters in their organization every single day,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “We hope their 2020 training vision will continue for decades to come!”

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 Trainingmagazine editors and Training 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 2020 issue. The digital edition can be found online at

Click here to order a copy of the issue or Training Top 125 merchandise.

2020 Training Top 125 Winners

1 Dollar General Corporation, LLC

2 MasTec Utility Services

3 Best Buy

4 BNSF Railway Company

5 United Shore

6 Birmingham Water Works Board

7 Sonic Automotive

8 Rosendin

9 C&A Industries Inc.

10 Nationwide

11 Haskell

12 ArcBest

13 MTM, Inc.

14 Paychex, Inc.

15 WellSpan Health

16 FORUM Credit Union

17 ESL Federal Credit Union

18 Gables Residential

19 Applied Materials, Inc.

20 Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO)

21 Avanade Inc.

22 Valvoline Instant Oil Change

23 AstraZeneca China.

24 Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

25 Edward Jones

26 Gilbane Building Company

27 Visa Inc.

28 Ascend Federal Credit Union

29 AAA Northeast

30 Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson

31 Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

32 State Compensation Insurance Fund

33 The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

34 SE2, LLC

35 Paycor

36 CVS Health

37 Inc.

38 Mohawk Industries, Inc.

39 Argo Group

40 DISH Network

41 ConServe

42 Vi

43 Exchange Bank

44 Rollins, LLC

45 Dellbrook | JKS Construction

46 Walden Security

47 Signature Consultants

48 Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

49 PPD

50 Emser Tile, LLC

51 BB&T Corporation

52 BKD CPAs & Advisors

53 Windham Professionals Inc.

54 Walmart Inc

55 Bankers Life

56 Roscoe Property Management

57 CarMax, Inc.

58 Concentrix Corporation

59 Williams & Fudge, Inc.

60 Mastercard

61 DaVita

62 Mariner Finance LLC

63 Van Meter Inc.

64 Optum

65 Navient

66 Fisher Investments


68 England Logistics

69 Sovos

70 LifeNet Health

71 Bell and Howell

72 NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

73 StorageMart

74 One Nevada Credit Union

75 Southern Management Corporation

76 Shaw Industries

77 Personnel Board of Jefferson County

78 University of New Mexico Hospitals

79 Navy Federal Credit Union

80 Persistent Systems Ltd

81 Bass & Associates, P.C.

82 FDIC Corporate University

83 JLL

84 PPL Electric Utilities

85 Hackensack Meridian Health

86 EPB

87 Penn Station East Coast Subs

88 Independence Blue Cross

89 G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc

90 VSP Global

91 Microchip Technology Inc

92 Sundt Construction

93 Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

94 Spectrum Health

95 Elevations Credit Union

96 Special Response Corporation

97 Western & Southern Financial Group

98 HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

99 HGS Inc.

100 Veeam

101 LaSalle Network

102 Tarkett North America – A Division of Tarkett

103 Compass One Healthcare

104 Southern California Edison

105 BNP Paribas

106 Pilot Company

107 AT&T Communications

108 Bright Horizons

109 New York Life

110 Huntington Learning Center

111 Kimball Midwest

112 Solstice

113 Huntington National Bank

114 Nebraska Medicine

115 PSA Airlines

116 VyStar Credit Union

117 Coast Professional, Inc.

118 Panda Restaurant Group

119 Hayes Locums

120 Summit Security Services

121 People’s Trust Insurance Co.

122 Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

123 PV Fluid Products Inc.

124 Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR)

125 Valley Bank

About Training magazine

Training magazine is a 56-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.

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Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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