Can you become one of the largest mortgage lenders in America by focusing on your employees first? Evidenced by Cornerstone Home Lending’s latest achievement, the answer is a resounding yes.
It was almost 30 years ago, in 1988, that our Houston-based company began. Operations started with only five team members in one small office. Fast-forward to today, and Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., is home to 1800 team members in 180 offices nationwide. Cornerstone funds an estimated $8.5 billion in home loans each year. The recipe for our success — and the reason so many team members enjoy working within our growing family — is simple.
Houston mortgage lender spends eight years at the top
Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., is the #2 Top Workplace among Large Companies in the Houston Chronicle’s 2017 Top Workplaces edition. Marc N. Laird, Cornerstone’s Co-Founder and CEO, has also been recognized for leadership excellence. This is the eighth consecutive year that Cornerstone has been included as a Top Workplace since the Houston Chronicle debuted the rankings in 2010.
Thanks to our talented and dedicated team members, we’re raising the standard in the lending industry. To learn more about Cornerstone, click here.
The 2017 Top Workplaces list recognizes Houston’s leading 150 employers, from small companies with 50 employees to large companies with more than 500 people. Evaluations are based on survey responses from more than 84,000 area employees. In partnership with the Houston Chronicle, Energage, a Philadelphia-based research and consulting firm that recently changed its name from WorkplaceDynamics, invited local companies to participate in the survey and then tallied the responses. Respondents rated their companies on qualities such as potential for advancement, work schedule flexibility, pay and benefits, and leadership.
“At Cornerstone, we don’t have employees — we have team members,” says Laird. “Our entire team is aligned toward one vision: To be the country’s best home lender. And that inspires us every day to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Find out more about Cornerstone Home Lending’s corporate vision and culture here.
How Cornerstone transforms lending with gratitude and validation
Willie French, Cornerstone’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, credits a work-family focus for helping the Houston-based company grow into one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country. “Creating a happy, supportive workplace is one of our core convictions,” says French. “We truly value all 1,800 team members across the country, and we do everything we can to make sure they know it.”
“Here’s to another great year and another year to grow with my Cornerstone Family! Since I joined your team in 2007, I could not have asked for a better place to land.” – Interested in joining our team? Download an application.
Finally, Cornerstone’s many ways of supporting and recognizing team members include personalized birthday greetings from Laird, anniversary presents for long-time service, monthly fun day gift card drawings, and appreciation events with catered lunches and health and wellness amenities. The company also manages the Cornerstone Cares program, which is funded by team member donations and offers financial aid to co-workers or immediate families experiencing crisis or hardship.
5 reasons Cornerstone is one of the best companies to work for in Houston
Our borrowers know us by our reputation, but many of our prospective team members ask: Why Cornerstone?
We treat both our borrowers and team members with a servant’s heart in every interaction, offering first-rate support to make mortgage easier. This looks like:
- Four free marketing campaigns per year — for loan officers and other team members.
- First-rate home loan support — for loan officers and other team members.
- An innovative tech ecosystem within a mobile app — providing both a Loan Officer and Borrower Portal.
- Working for a company that treats you like family.
- Maintaining a 100 percent commitment to never missing a closing.
It’s an understatement to say that this number two Top Workplace ranking is an honor. And yet, it validates what Cornerstone’s Core Values, which we’ve been practicing faithfully for almost 30 years, are all about. We think it’s important to love where you work, and we have plenty of team member endorsements to prove this. Our work-family is rapidly expanding, and we’re always looking for new talent. You can join our Talent Network to stay in-the-know about our latest job opportunities and find a place for you on our growing team.
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