Leading Independent Mortgage Lender Recognized for More Than a Decade of Outstanding Employee Support, Company Culture and Future Prospects

Guild Mortgage (NYSE: GHLD), a growth-oriented mortgage lending company originating and servicing residential loans since 1960, was recognized with a 2023 Top Workplaces Award from The San Diego Union-Tribune, earning the distinction for the 11th year in a row. Guild is the only Large company winner to have been named a Top Workplace all eleven years of the program.

The Top Workplaces Program honors San Diego companies that have outstanding workplace culture and business environments. The rankings are based on the results of a third-party employee survey administered anonymously by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. Guild Mortgage, which employs 650 people in the San Diego area, ranked No. 12 in the Large company category. The survey was sent out in August 2023, with 60% of Guild employees responding.

The anonymous online survey measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution and connection. Employees are asked to rank levels of satisfaction with their jobs, feelings of appreciation, confidence in the prospects of the company and manager effectiveness.

“Our company believes the contributions of our employees are at the heart of our success, and that our culture grounded in strong values sets us apart as an organization,” said Terry Schmidt, CEO of Guild Mortgage. “Guild continues to encourage the open and honest dialogue among its employees, clients and partners that allows is to be recognized as a Top Workplace.”

The Top Workplace survey was sent via email to employers and staff of public, private, nonprofit and governmental organizations in the San Diego area with 50 or more employees. The rankings require a minimum 35% response rate to qualify. Companies who score the highest receive the top rankings in one of the three categories based on the size of the organization:

  • Large: 500 or more employees
  • Midsize: 100 to 499 employees
  • Small: 50 to 99 employees

Through this year’s survey, Guild employees were asked to provide words that best describe the culture at Guild Mortgage. Top survey responses included (in order of prominence): closely aligned, respected and supported, engaged, enabled to grow, empowered to execute and fairly valued.

“Guild employees have the opportunity to provide honest input and feedback through the program,” said Schmidt. “The survey responses like ‘respected and supported’ and ‘enabled to grow’ provided by our employees speak directly to the culture and values at Guild.”

More than 3,674 San Diego companies and organizations were invited to participate in the survey in 2023. Based on employee survey feedback, 105 have earned recognition as Top Workplaces.

Headquartered in San Diego, Guild Mortgage is a leading national lender with an established history of offering a comprehensive array of loan products and partnering with government organizations to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking for a jumbo loan. Guild also helps active duty and retired military personnel who qualify for VA loans with 100% financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance, and workplace culture.

About Guild Mortgage

Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Company is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender providing residential mortgage products and local in-house origination and servicing. Guild’s collaborative culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion enable it to deliver a personalized experience for each customer. With more than 4,000 employees and over 250 retail branches, Guild has relationships with credit unions, community banks, and other financial institutions and services loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. Guild Mortgage Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guild Holdings Company, whose shares of Class A common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GHLD.

Melissa Rue Nuffer, Smith, Tucker mkr@nstpr.com (208) 850-5939

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