Back on Top: Real Estate Ranked Best Industry to Work In!

by Peter Thomas Ricci


WorkPlace Dynamics rated real estate as the best industry to work in with its latest rankings of the nation’s workplaces.

Despite a recession, economic adversity has done little to quell the passion of real estate professionals for their industry.

According to the newest survey by WorkPlace Dynamics on U.S. businesses and industries, real estate was the nation’s best industry to work in, above financial services, manufacturing and a host of other industries.



WorkPlace Dynamics – Independence, Accomplishment Key to Real Estate

In explaining real estate’s appeal, WorkplaceDynamics stated that professionals continue to be drawn to the real estate industry for its relative independence, even with the industry facing some of its toughest conditions in some time.

“[Realtors] continue to love their jobs and the companies they work for,” WorkplaceDynamics stated. “Realtors and others working in the real estate industry appreciate that they have a great deal of control over their own destiny, a strong connection to their work, and a sense of personal accomplishment each and every day. All of which led them to highly rank their workplaces.”

Conducted with 30 major newspapers across the country, the “2013 Top National Workplaces” rankings that WorkPlace Dynamics compiled polled one million employees from 872 companies.

Real Estate Well-Represented

Real estate was also well-represented in WorkPlace Dynamics’ master list, which ranked the top 150 companies to work for in America. The highest ranked brokerage was Keller Williams Realty, which came in at no. 9, followed by William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance (no. 32); Shorewest Realtors (no. 35); Baird & Warner Inc., (no. 43); Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors (no. 57); Prudential Connecticut Realty (no. 63); and finally, Jones Lang LaSalle (no. 142). Also, Detroit-based Quicken Loans came out on top as the no. 1 company.

One of the newspapers that cooperated with WorkPlace Dynamics for its research was the Chicago Tribune, and in newspaper’s own list of the 127 top companies in Chicagoland, real estate also have a number of representatives. Including the aforementioned Baird & Warner and Jones Lang LaSalle, Equity Office and Transwestern were also featured on the Tribune‘s list.

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  • Joe says:

    Peter Ricci: You were misinformed.
    Stat’s from the MLS indicate that half of all agents sold one or no homes during 2012. 70% of member agents sold 2 or less homes. I had 5 or 6 sales for the year which places me in the top 20 %. Pretty tough to make ends meet with numbers like that.

  • Jim Mazziotti says:

    Guessing you didn’t talk to EXIT REALTY agents from around North America? Trust me….EXIT would place AT the top!

  • Teresa Black says:

    What EXIT Realty did not make the list! Obviously you did not poll the right people. EXIT agents love their company!

  • Peggy James says:

    I’ve worked in real estate for twenty years. Those who like to work, who understand real estate is what you make of it. It’s challenging, time consuming yet rewarding. I’ve worked at Re/Max and Long and Foster here in Virginia and nothing comes close to my experience for the past for years at Exit Realty. Someone forgot to poll Exit Realty agent.

  • Joanne says:

    EXIT REALTY agents are probably the most empathy driven, happy, compassionate and fun loving people I ever met. I think they should go do another survey for sure!

  • Jessica says:

    Just like with any other employee survey, companies have to choose to be surveyed. EXIT may not have signed on.

  • James W. Lyon says:

    EXIT Realty is the best and only real estate company that offers it’s agents and families the opportunity to build a retirement plan AND death benefits! I have been with EXIT now for 11 years and would not ever think about changing companies. We all love real estate and love the EXIT family!

  • Susan Garbark Exit Trinity Columbus Ohio says:

    I agree! Exit has tripled my income in less than two years. The support we have is unmatched in the industry. I’m a lifer!

  • Donato D'Alberto says:

    Wow!! the title Real Estate Well-Represented did NOT “represent” real estate in the WorkPlace Dynamics at all if Exit Realty did not make the list. Exit is one of the leading Brands that actually encourages its agent to succeed in all levels of real estate. We have the founders and top men and Woman of the industry who have joined Exit Realty to promote it, systemically it and give it the motor that it needs to be one of the leading real estate companies in North America. I would encourage whoever wrote this to consider looking at EXIT Realty. I bet that you will re-write this article.

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