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Walker & Dunlop Overview

Bethesda, MD
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (WD)
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Walker & Dunlop has been funding the visions of commercial real estate owners and operators since 1937. With that experience comes the understanding that no two deals are the same—and that each deserves personal attention to tailor capital solutions ... Read more

Mission: Walker & Dunlop's mission is to become the premier commercial real estate finance company in the United States.

Company Updates

  • Our Bethesda office had their summer outing last week, and it was all hands on deck for a cruise down the Potomac River!

    Check out the slideshow memorializing the fun:

    #WorkwithWalker #Summer2019 #TeamBuilding

  • We have a rising star on our #CapitalMarkets team!

    Nicole Brickhouse was named as one of our industry's Stars to Watch by Commercial Property Executive. Congratulations Nicole!

    CPE's Stars to Watch 2019: Showing Clients the Big Picture

    Vice President, Walker & Dunlop During her first eight years in the business, Nicole Brickhouse has contributed to $1.5 billion in transactions across multiple property types. Six months ago, she joined Walker & Dunlop's Debt and Structured Finance Group as vice president in charge of sourcing equity and debt financing solutions for clients nationwide.

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Walker & Dunlop – Why Work For Us?

Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Pink Day) at Walker & Dunlop

When you join Walker & Dunlop, you become part of a $1-billion, 700-plus-employee family and a culture that encourages success. 

Whether this involves becoming an analytics expert, skilled closing officer, seasoned producer, or IT professional. Walker & Dunlop values individuality and offers opportunities for all disciplines. 

We also encourage our highest performers to transfer internally to find the right department for their skill sets. Our culture encourages promotions from within, and career possibilities are limited only by your ambitions. 

Recognized by Great Places to Work® and Fortune Magazine six times and ranked among Fortune Magazine’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies of 2017, it’s no accident that employees stay with us. 

Holiday Sweater Day at Walker & Dunlop

Career Opportunities

Whatever your career path at Walker & Dunlop, you’ll find your drive recognized with competitive salaries and benefits. For example, in each of the past three years (as of year-end 2017), the average employee’s total earnings have increased at a rate of 19 percent. 

At Walker & Dunlop, we understand that the reason for our success is the talent and knowledge of our professionals. As a leading commercial real estate finance company, we provide experienced finance professionals with unique opportunities for career growth and financial success.

Be Rewarded

We reward success with compensation beyond our competitive salaries, retirement plans, and 401(k) matching. Since going public in 2010, we’ve regularly issued restricted stock grants to all employees. Non-commissioned employees can receive bonuses of 10 percent or more of their salaries. Our service awards recognize three-, five-, 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-year milestones with bonuses and paid vacations of up to $25,000. 

 We also aim to make your daily life easier, with access to user-friendly, money-saving programs like transit benefits, smartphone reimbursement, and discounts on home and auto insurance.You’ll find the best medical, dental, vision, and mental health coverage available, with health flexible savings accounts and short- and long-term disability insurance. Starting and supporting a family? All employees, including same-sex couples, can take advantage of our generous maternity and paternity leave, flexible scheduling, and ample insurance coverage—including for fertility treatments and paid time off for family care needs.Helping our employees live their best lives, in and out of the office, is the Walker & Dunlop way.

Build a Career

When Walker & Dunlop hires an employee, we invest in that employee for the long term. Each year, an employee’s Goals and Objectives are evaluated to encourage their long-term success with Walker & Dunlop.  We know that a company is only as good as its employees, so we strive to give our employees the tools to be the best person they can be.

  • A thoughtful performance management process begins with goal setting and facilitates dependable feedback, enabling employees to develop and advance.
  • Leadership programs allow employees to step into different roles and develop new skills.
  • The education assistance program provides $3,500 in tuition reimbursement for job-related undergraduate, graduate, certifications and courses.
  • Industry-related conferences and training to help employees grow into new roles and responsibilities.

EEO Statement

Walker & Dunlop is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Be Respected

A key element of Walker & Dunlop’s culture is to provide a supportive, collaborative, and innovative work environment. A top goal of our onboarding process is to help new employees feel like they are a part of that culture.

  • We treat everyone as a person with individual goals and needs.
  • There is constant communication from management.
  • You will have opportunities to implement your own innovative ideas.
  • Be trusted to do your job effectively.
  • Open door policy with every level of management.

Give Back

Giving back to the community has always been an important aspect of Walker & Dunlop’s culture. It’s our goal to unite our employees in service. From collecting food and donations for local charities to raising money by participating in relay runs, Walker & Dunlop employees are ready to pay it forward.

  • 4 hours of paid time off per month to volunteer
  • Volunteer events organized by employees
  • Matching Funds Program for up to $500/year
  • Volunteer fundraiser

Live Well

Walker & Dunlop believes that a fit employee - physically and emotionally - is a productive employee, so we maintain a robust health and wellness program. It is the mission of our Wellness Program to educate, support and empower employees to improve and promote health, engagement and balance in every sense.

  • Quarterly wellness challenges and awards
  • Wellness incentives and seminars
  • Gym discounts

Employee Benefits

Walker & Dunlop is committed to promoting the well-being of our employees through a comprehensive benefits package. From transportation plans to retirement plans and everything in between, we support the whole employee.

Company-paid benefits

  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • 401(k) Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Business Referral  and Employee Referral Bonuses
  • Charitable Matching Funds Program
  • Service Awards
  • Wellness Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off, Personal Days and 10 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental, Maternity and Volunteer Leave

Employee-paid benefits

  • Medical*
  • Dental*
  • Vision*
  • Supplemental Life
  • Supplemental Long Term Disability
  • Medical and Dependent Flex Spending Accounts
  • Transportation and Parking Pre-Tax plans
  • Critical Illness
  • Legal Services
  • Group Home and Auto Insurance

* Plans cover spouse as well as domestic partners

"Executive management encourages collaboration with other business units to determine the best fit for our customers' financing needs.  We've been particulartly successful teaming with other internal loan experts to create synergy in our execution, and earn our customers' trust."

- Brad Cullumber (Vice President)

"W&D strongly supports what matters most: family, health, strong leadership, and exceptional customer service."

- Loretta Webb (VP & GSE Closing Manager)

"Staying active is much easier in a company that has the health and well-being of its employees at heart."

- Philip Mills (Asset Management)

"From the first day I joined W&D, it was apparent that the company respects and values each member of the team."

 - Hanes Dunn (Senior Underwriter)

"Walker & Dunlop give me opportunities to learn and grow in my career while also creating an enjoyable , fun work environment."

- Lindsey Holder (Senior Closing Analyst)

"Working for W&D is such a pleasure, the culture has brought together a bunch of great people who work well together."

- Tyler Woodard (Assistant Vice President)

"W&D challenges its employees while providing them with the base and support to thrive and grow - through the LEAD program, open door policy, and experience of many long-term employees!"

- Maggie Walters (AVP & Underwriter)

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    I’ve been with W&D for 15 years and wake up every morning excited to go to work. Fast growing company with great people.


    The company has grown so fast that there is never a dull moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. And recruit more diversity.

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Walker & Dunlop Photos

Walker & Dunlop photo of: Many smiles after our employees assembled fifteen brand new bikes for one of our charity partners
Walker & Dunlop photo of: W&D team at the JDRF Real Estate Games
Walker & Dunlop photo of: Volunteering at The Greater Boston Food Bank
Walker & Dunlop photo of: 2017 Servicing Training
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Walker & Dunlop.


    there was not much of an interview process. the only part that took a while was the negotiation of pay. it was probably because i was referred. it was also because i had experience in this work.

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Walker & Dunlop Awards & Accolades

  • Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2017
  • Top Workplaces, The Washington Post, 2017
  • Best Places To Work, Fortune Magazine, 2017
  • Great Place to Work for Millenials, Fortune Magazine, 2017
  • Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces, Fortune Magazine, 2017
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