All across the state — and nation — businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. But those companies may be able to learn something from the companies that will be spotlighted here in the days to follow. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona earned the most support in voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll.

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“We really do put people first,” says Cathy Graham, executive vice president at Desert Financial Credit Union, one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. “The employment environment is really tough right now with the Great Resignation. So we try to be really purposeful and clear about the organization: where we’re going, what we’re striving for, what success looks like and then connecting the dots. People want to feel like part of something bigger than just the role that they fill every day.”

Enjoy learning more about the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona. Today, the spotlight is on WaFd Bank Arizona.

WaFd Bank Arizona

Washington Federal, parent company of WaFd Bank, was recognized as one of America’s Best Employers 2022 by Forbes. “We’ve been working diligently to make WaFd Bank an employer of choice,” says Brent Beardall, president and chief executive officer of WaFd. “The strength of WaFd is our people. We genuinely care for our clients and one another.”

DIFFERENTIATOR: “The difference in the culture is that we’re very team oriented and collaborative,” says Todd Gerber, Arizona regional president for WaFd Bank. “We win as a team. We lose as a team. Most of the time we win as a team. And that is something that is completely different from some of my past experience in the banking industry. The customer is always at the forefront of our decisions. So, that helps us keep that culture going.”

LESSONS LEARNED: “One of the things that has worked very well for us is — and we’ve evolved even in the three years I’ve been there — is we’re more and more flexible with scheduling, remote work, and what’s best for the employee to best serve the customer. What’s nice is that as a mid-size organization, it was very easy to adopt.”

FOCUS ON CUSTOMERS: “From the culture perspective and from the team members perspective, it’s very important to WaFd Bank that we do what we say we’re going to do for our customers. We keep our word. We keep our promises. What makes us really competitive is we’re big enough to compete and provide financial services with the large money center banks, but we’re also small enough to be nimble and quick with our decisions. There’s only three or four levels of management total in WaFd bank and that helps us make very quick decisions for the customer.”

100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

Here are the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2022, based on public voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order.

ABI Multifamily

ANDERSON Advertising & Public Relations

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alliance Residential Company

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Health

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search

Burch & Cracchiolo


CHASSE Building Team

CORE Construction

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Flagstaff

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

City to City Commercial



DP Electric

dpa architects

DPR Construction

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health in Arizona

Great Impact

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Corp


Homeowners Financial Group


IMPACT Technology Recruiting

Ideation Design Group

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Johansen Interiors

K2 Electric


Kidder Mathews



LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization


LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide

Marcus & Millichap

Mark-Taylor Companies

Mark-Taylor Residential

Mayo Clinic

McCarthy Building Companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate


National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Republic Bank of Arizona

Rocket Mortgage (formerly Quicken Loans)

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Ryan Companies US

SDB Contracting Services

Speedie & Associates

Sunstate Equipment


Team Select Home Care

The Brokery

The CORE Institute

Town of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Tri Pointe Homes

TruWest Credit Union


VIP Mortgage

VIP Mortgage Inc.

ViaWest Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wallace, Plese + Dreher

Walton Global

Weitz Company

Western Alliance Bank

Willmeng Construction

Wood, Patel & Associates