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Best Workplaces 2022: Desert Financial Credit Union

Across the state — and the country — businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. But these companies may be able to learn something from the companies that will be spotlighted here in the days to come. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona garnered the most support in voting for the 2022 edition of the Arizona Rankings, the state’s largest business opinion poll.

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“We really put people first,” says Cathy Graham, executive vice president of Desert Financial Credit Union, one of the best places to work in Arizona. “The job environment is really tough right now with the big resignation. So we’re trying to be really focused and clear about the organization: where we’re going, what we’re looking for, what success looks like. , then connect the dots. People want to feel like they’re part of something bigger than just the role they fulfill every day.”

Enjoy learning more about the 100 best places to live and work in Arizona. Today, the spotlight is on Desert Financial Credit Union.

Desert Financial Credit Union

For nearly 80 years, Desert Financial Credit Union has known that there is more to life than money. Desert Financial’s leadership is focused on what matters most: their people, their team and the communities they serve.

WORKPLACE CULTURE: “One of our strengths is that we’ve been really vocal about the culture and very clear about our ‘why,’ says Cathy Graham, executive vice president of Desert Financial Credit Union, ‘and Desert Financial’s why is to share the success. . So we share the success with our members, our employees and the community. We have translated this “why” into meaningful actions. When we share success with members, we always try to have great prices on our products and services, but we also have something called our “Donation Bonus” for our members. Over the past five years, we have returned over $50 million to our members. So when we say sharing success, we mean it in a meaningful way. For our employees, we have a great suite of benefits. We have over 70 professional benefits, but our crown jewel is something we call InvestED. This is our continuing education program that we have with ASU. We pay 100% tuition for our employees to go back to school, so they can get their undergraduate degree, graduate degree, they can take courses, get a certificate, and we pay for it. Currently, we have over 100 employees graduating through InvestED. And we’ve already had graduates, which is fantastic.

COMMUNITY IMPACT: “We feel deeply connected to the community. It’s just something that’s been in our DNA from past leaders of the organization through to current CEO, Jeff Meshey,” Graham says. “When we give back to the community, we want to do it in a really meaningful way. We have scholarships and fundraisers, a volunteer program, teacher appreciation events, but we also do something called Random Acts of Kindness. Since 2018, we’ve done over 25,000 random acts of kindness. That’s about 16 a day, if you do the math. All day, every day. Our employees love it and simply feel empowered to do good in the community. »

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 largest and most comprehensive opinion poll. Companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order.

Multifamily ABI

ANDERSON Advertising and Public Relations

Construction Adolfson & Peterson

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Residential Business Alliance

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Health

Mechanical Bel Aire

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Properties in Arizona

Blue Cross Arizona Blue Shield

Blue signal search

Burch and Cracchiolo


HUNTING Construction Team

Basic build

Cachet houses

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

Town 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 trade



electric DP

dpa architects

CMA Construction

Arizona Dental Delta

Desert Financial Credit Union

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health in Arizona

Significant impact

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Society


Owners Financial Group


IMPACT Technology Recruitment

Ideation Design Group

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Johansen Interiors

K2 Electric


Kidder Mathews



LGE Design Build

Organization of land advisers


LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide

Marcus & Millichap

Mark Taylor Enterprises

Mark Taylor Residential

Mayo Clinic

McCarthy construction companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate

single stone

National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

PB Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Air and precision plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Arizona Republic Bank

Rocket Mortgage (formerly Quicken Loans)

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Ryan Companies United States

SDB Contractual Services

Speedie & Associates

Sunstate Equipment


The team selects home care


The CORE Institute

City of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Tri Pointe Homes

TruWest Credit Union


VIP mortgage

VIP Mortgage Inc.

Via West Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wallace, Plese + Dreher

world walton

Weitz Company

Western Alliance Bank

Construction Willmeng

Wood, Patel & Associates