Best places to work in Arizona: WaFd Bank Arizona – AZ Big Media

Each year, Ranking Arizona magazine conducts the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: “With whom would you recommend doing business?” Each year, some of the categories that attract the most voters include categories focused on the best places to work in Arizona, the best places to live, and the companies with the best workplace culture.


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Workplace culture has never been more important than it is in 2021, so Az Business analyzed the results of the Ranking Arizona voting and compiled a list of the “100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2021.” These are the 100 companies and cities that got the most votes. The companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order. Over the next several weeks, we will spotlight some of the best places to work in Arizona with video interviews featuring company leaders, including Mike Brown, Arizona regional president for WaFd Bank.

WaFd Bank Arizona

What the company does: WaFd Bank is a full-service national banking institution that focuses on business-to-business banking, commercial and equipment lending, as well as home loan and corporate real estate financing.

Inside the company culture: “To me, workplace culture is critically, critically important,” says Mike Brown, Arizona regional president for WaFd Bank. “When I’m actually interviewing potential candidates for come to work for WaFd bank, I always stress the culture. Somebody could make a couple thousand dollars more here or there, but if you don’t settle for a great culture, you’re not going to be a happy camper. So culture is critically important with us and we do a lot of things to promote our company culture.”

Source of pride: “The thing that gives me the most pride came out about four years ago from our CEO, Brent J. Beardall,” Brown says. “He came out with a motto that honestly hit me right in the heart. And it was, ‘Love what you do … make a difference. ‘And I thought that was absolutely perfect because when it’s coming from the top, it cascades down to everybody.”

100 Best Places to Live and Work in 2021

ABI Multifamily

ANDERSON Advertising & Public Relations

Ace Building Maintenance

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alerus

Alliance Bank of Arizona

American Express

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Ashton Woods Homes

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Behavioral Health Hospital

Bar Napkin Productions

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Bivens & Associates

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

CBRE

CHASSE Building Team

CORE Construction

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Surprise

City of Tempe

City of Tucson

Colliers

Comitz Beethe

Corgan

DAVIS

DPR Construction

Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

dpa architects

Dignity Health

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

FabCom

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

GCON

Geneva Financial

Gensler

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Corp

Henry+Horne

Highnoon

HomeSmart International

Hospice of the Valley

Ideas Collide

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

LAVIDGE

LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization

Landings Credit Union

LaneTerralever

Loud Rumor

Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

MSA Engineering Consultants

Mark-Taylor Residential

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate

NAI Horizon

National Bank of Arizona

North & Co. Real Estate

ORION Investment Real Estate

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell Companies

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Realty One Group

Resnick & Louis

Ryan Companies US, Inc.

SDB Contracting Services

SVN Desert Commercial Advisors

Snell & Wilmer

Speedie & Associates

StringCan Interactive

Sun Health Grandview Terrace Care Center

Taylor & Lihn

Team Select Home Care

The CORE Institute

The James Agency

Tiffany & Bosco

Town of Gilbert

USAA

VIP Mortgage

Vision Community Management

WaFd Bank Arizona

Weitz Company

Willmeng Construction

Wood, Patel & Associates

Zion & Zion