Walker & Dunlop Named on Great Place to Work® 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Employee Trust in the Workplace is the leading factor for great workplaces

Oct 25, 2012, 16:33 ET from Walker & Dunlop

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the "Company") announced that Great Place to Work® named Walker & Dunlop as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Walker & Dunlop ranked #7 on the list recognizing companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

"What an honor! Walker & Dunlop sells the world's truest commodity, money. The only thing that differentiates our money from the competition's is our people. For Walker & Dunlop to be named one of the Great Places to Work is a huge compliment to our people, to our management philosophy, and to our business," commented Walker & Dunlop Chairman and CEO, Willy Walker.

With a generous bonus pool and cash incentives for exercising, Walker & Dunlop is a company that clearly stands out in the commercial real estate finance industry. Employee engagement opportunities that include frequent lunches with managers, weekly updates from the Chairman and CEO, quarterly All Company meetings and a series of annual social and volunteer events are integral to maintaining the company culture. Additionally, Walker & Dunlop offers 48 hours of paid time off annually to volunteer for the charity of the employee's choice and meaningful service awards of up to $20,000, based on tenure milestones.

Creators of the list, Great Place to Work®, have found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.

Walker & Dunlop was selected from more than 600 companies vying for a place on the list this year. Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.  Now in its ninth year, the competition is divided into two categories, Small (50-250 employees) and Medium (251-999 employees).  "The Best Small & Medium Workplace list grows more competitive every year and this list represents the best of the best," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work®. "While each company is unique, what they have in common are strong cultures that support positive workplaces."

Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.

To see the 2012 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit www.greatplacetowork.com. To learn more about Walker & Dunlop, visit www.walkerdunlop.com or our winning Great Place to Work® company profile at http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2012/10/25/best-small-companies.fortune/7.html.

About Walker & Dunlop Through its subsidiary Walker & Dunlop, LLC, Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) is one of the leading commercial real estate finance companies in the United States, with a primary focus on multifamily lending. As a Fannie Mae DUS®, Freddie Mac Program Plus® and MAP- and LEAN-approved FHA lender, the Multifamily and FHA Finance groups are focused on lending to property owners, investors, and developers of multifamily properties across the country. Walker & Dunlop's proprietary Interim Loan Program provides financing for multifamily properties that do not currently qualify for permanent financing. The Capital Markets group specializes in financing commercial real estate for owners and investors across the United States, securing capital from large institutions such as life insurance companies, commercial banks, CMBS lenders, pension funds, and specialty finance companies. The Principal Investments group provides institutional advisory, asset management, and investment management services with respect to debt, structured debt and equity.

About Great Place to Work Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.  Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

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