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Rankings | February 8, 2021

Training magazine Ranks 2021 Training Top 100 Organizations

Training magazine recognized the 2021 Training Top 100 winners and revealed their rankings during a Virtual Gala held tonight.

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Excelsior, MN (February 8, 2021)—2021 marks the 21st year Training magazine has recognized organizations that provide best-in-class employee training and development. This year, financial services company United Wholesale Mortgage earned its first #1 win, followed by MasTec Utility Services (#2); Haskell (#3); C&A Industries, a Medical Solutions Company (#4); and Rosendin (#5).

Some 16 new companies broke into the Training Top 100 (newly rebranded from the Training Top 125 as part of Training’s overall editorial refresh) this year. The majority of the companies are in the finance/banking, health/medical services, business services, and construction industries.

Training magazine recognized the 2021 Training Top 100 winners and revealed their rankings during the first-ever Training Top 100 Virtual Gala held tonight during the Training 2021 Virtual Conference. The gala was sponsored by Adobe, Brainier, and Seiko, along with partners Brella, Brave New Workshop, and the Training Top 100 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 wall clock for the No. 1 winner.

BNSF Railway, Dollar General Corporation, Nationwide, and Sonic Automotive were 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 18 companies.

During the Virtual Gala, Training also recognized innovative and successful learning and development programs and practices utilized by some of the Training Top 100 winners. The 2021 Best Practice and Outstanding Training Initiative winners are (in alphabetical order):


  • AAA Northeast
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Haskell
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Visa Inc


  • Rollins, LLC
  • MasTec Utility Services
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • United Wholesale Mortgage
  • Walden Security

The Training Top 100 is the only awards program that ranks companies unsurpassed in harnessing human capital. Some overall statistics from the quantitative analysis of the winning 2021 Training Top 100 applications include:

  • The mean revenue for Training Top 100 applicants was $6.4 billion U.S. and $8.2 billion worldwide.
  • Representing 5.24 percent of payroll, the mean training budget was $16.2 million.
  • The mean number of employees trained was (including independent contractors and franchisees) 18,702, with 11,9255 trained in the classroom and 36,107 trained online. A mean of 946 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 24,520 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 343 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms. All but three of the 2021 Training Top 100ers have a technology infrastructure.
  • The mean number of full-time and part-time trainers was 444 and 147, respectively.
  • Some 93 percent of Top 100 winners have a tuition reimbursement program. A mean of 9 percent of eligible employees made use of tuition reimbursement programs in the last year. Median spend on tuition reimbursement programs was $192,365.
  • All of the winners use employee satisfaction surveys, while 97 percent use competency maps. Some 73 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 86 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 92 percent utilize Return on Investment; 80 percent utilize Balanced Scorecard; and 69 percent use Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used to measure training effectiveness: 99 percent use Levels 1-3; and 97 percent utilize Level 4.

“We salute the 2021 Training Top 100 winners for the lives they’ve saved and the lives they’ve changed,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “We applaud their agility, adaptability, and ardent dedication to learning and to their people. We hope they continue to choose the road less traveled as they demonstrate how very much Training Matters today and every day.”

The Top 100 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 100 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 Training Top 100 Hall of Fame representatives.

For a profile of each of the Top 5 companies on the Training Top 100, additional information about the training efforts of all 100 companies, and details on the programs receiving Best Practice and Outstanding Training Initiative awards, see the March 2021 issue. The digital edition will be available online at

Click here to order a copy of the issue or Training Top 100 merchandise.

2021 Training Top 100 Winners

  1. United Wholesale Mortgage
  2. MasTec Utility Services
  3. Haskell
  4. C&A Industries, a Medical Solutions Company
  5. Rosendin
  6. State Compensation Insurance Fund
  7. Paychex, Inc.
  8. Birmingham Water Works Board
  9. Transworld Systems Incorporated
  10. Midcontinent Independent System Operator
  11. WellSpan Health
  12. Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  13. StorageMart
  14. Applied Materials
  15. Visa Inc
  16. ArcBest
  17. ESL Federal Credit Union
  18. AstraZeneca China
  19. Edward Jones
  20. Gables Residential
  21. Ascend Federal Credit Union
  22. MTM, Inc.
  23. FORUM Credit Union
  24. BKD CPAs & Advisors
  25. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
  26. AAA Northeast
  27. Rollins, LLC
  28. net Inc.
  29. Bell and Howell, LLC.
  30. Gilbane Building Company
  31. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
  32. Concentrix Corporation
  33. Paycor
  34. LifeNet Health
  35. Walden Security
  36. Bass & Associates, P.C.
  37. Sovos
  38. Signature Consultants
  39. PPD
  40. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  41. CVS Health
  42. DaVita
  43. CarMax, Inc.
  44. Dish Network
  45. Coast Professional, Inc.
  46. Core & Main
  47. VyStar Credit Union
  48. Navient
  49. ConServe
  50. Mohawk Industries, Inc
  51. England Logistics
  52. Huntington Learning Center
  53. Fisher Investments
  54. Colorado Springs Utilities
  55. CNO Financial Group
  56. Shaw Industries Group, Inc
  57. Two Men and a Truck International
  58. Union Pacific Railroad
  59. Williams & Fudge, Inc.
  60. Mariner Finance
  61. One Nevada Credit Union
  62. Huntington National Bank
  63. Sundt Construction
  64. Mastercard
  65. EPB
  66. Pilot Company
  67. Western Southern Financial Group
  68. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc
  69. JLL
  70. Argo Group
  71. Penn Station East Coast Subs
  72. Nebraska Medicine
  73. Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
  74. Microchip Technology Inc.
  75. International SOS
  76. Hackensack Meridian Health
  77. University of New Mexico Hospitals
  78. Tata Consultancy Services
  79. Johns Hopkins Medicine
  80. New York Life
  81. Persistent Systems Ltd.
  82. Cardinal Health
  83. Hayes Locums
  84. Kimball Midwest
  85. SAC Wireless
  86. Valley Bank
  87. Uber Freight
  88. HGS Inc., USA
  89. CBE Companies, Inc.
  90. NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
  91. LaSalle Network
  92. People’s Trust Insurance
  93. BankWest, Inc.
  94. Compass One Healthcare
  95. Brookdale Senior Living, Inc
  96. CCA Global Partners
  97. Panda Restaurant Group
  98. Kin + Carta
  99. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
  100. Arizona Public Service (APS)

About Training magazine

Training magazine is a 57-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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About Rosendin

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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