Cobank

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Cobank Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good experience with a strong company that provides loyalty to its customer-base.

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    Current Employee - Credit
    Current Employee - Credit

    I have been working at Cobank full-time

    Pros

    Cooperative structure
    Agricultural industry
    Diverse opportunities in corporate location

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the regional offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees and their desire for further development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cobank

    Pros

    easy work environment, good balance

    Cons

    lots of politics, old style floor

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Understated Quality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cobank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly and nice at least in face. Company is doing well in business. Good benefit. Good training on people skills. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much upward opportunity given the size and nature of the company. A lot of politics. A lot of pigeon-holed jobs. No promotions to minority people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize Diversity in senior management, not just talk about it.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT seems ok

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    Former Employee - Associate in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at Cobank full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -very organized IT environment
    -Politics is not openly allowed
    -you will learn lots of new software applications here.
    -Most people are friendly

    Cons

    -Below market salary
    -Non diverse upper management
    -Lots of work. at times it feels like too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay market salary and diversify upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Atlanta Office Unhealthy Environment For Women -- Look Elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Atlanta Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Atlanta Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cobank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthy financial profile and overall conservative management. Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor and unprofessional leadership at the Atlanta office's Telecommunications division. Female employees are given greater workloads in exchange for fewer pomotion considerations and, in some cases, personally harassment by local management. Moreover, female leaders in the Atlanta office are routinely mocked and disrespected by subordinates (starting rumors of drug use, etc.). Corporate Human Resources, located in Denver, is largely apathetic about female harassment and makes no earnest actions to remedy the unfair treatment and general disrespect of women in the Atlanta office. Perhaps this is why <25% of the workforce in the Atlanta office are women and < 20% are minorities. It's a white guy's club; if you're a professional woman or minority, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Atlanta office needs accountability to corporate professionalism standards and a Human Resources representative, with authority, located full time in the Atlanta office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No regard for low level workers. You don't matter.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cobank

    Pros

    There are a lot of perks to working there. Weight watchers, Christmas parties, bonuses, $ to give to charity of your choice & kids Christmas part.

    Cons

    Bad management, low pay, hostile work environment, substandard health benefits, flex schedules are frowned upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what's going on and entervene early. Don't rely on the chain of command to find out what's going on.

  8.  

    Poor place to work with little sign of improvement

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    Former Employee - Senior Credit Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Credit Analyst

    I worked at Cobank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and fellow employees are awesome

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for growth, the environment is hyper - competitive and the pay is far below market. Therefore, the turnover in support positions including credit analyst and CAP rotationals is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There must be a renewed focus on retention especially for young women. Focus on the engagement survey results as opposed to sweeping them under the rug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good culture with upward advancement potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Cobank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, Internal mobility,

    Cons

    Inconsistencies with promotional expectations, below market compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management of employee retention.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recommended in Denver

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at Cobank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Really sharp upper management.
    * Great benefits - with quick vesting.
    * Good community support
    * A job where you feel you are really providing a benefit for the (end) customers/shareholders.

    Cons

    * In Minneapolis there is not much potential for career advancement unless you are willing to relocate to Denver. Not only is this unattractive in itself it leads to unattractive behavior in employees. I've worked at bigger places and never felt I was in competition with other members of my department. We had different specializations and backgrounds and almost assuredly would be applying for different positions in different parts of the bigger corporation in the future. We were benefited by making each other look good and making the department look good. At CoBank - coworkers were benefited by making colleagues look bad as there were too many people held back too long that would all be leaping at the first possible opening (when one came).

    * Most managers are good, but if one is bad they may not be promoted but won't be let go or disciplined. Hey turn over in a department doesn't register with upper management and bullying behavior by one demotivating manager was completely ignored.

    * Very conservative (many open and vocal conservatives (Republicans). I knew of no openly gay or lesbian coworkers and there were very few minorities, overheard things like a manger lecturing a young employee on the "scam of global warming" while they were at her desk, several coworkers attended the same church as the department manager and talked routinely about church at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Institute skip reviews. Have managers talk to a few people a few levels down once a year and get feedback on their managers without identifying them to their manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ethical Company, Good People, Looks Good on Paper, Too Much Drama

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    Former Employee - Legal Department in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Legal Department in Denver, CO

    I worked at Cobank full-time

    Pros

    Ethical, Eco-Minded, Training Opportunities, Great People, Stable, Strong Top Leadership, Wants to be World Class and walks the talk. Benefits are good and bonuses are satisfactory. Very profitable company - $850 million earned leveraging 850 employees.

    Cons

    Some really good people just left the company. Recent headcount reduction has everyone on edge and spread thin. While it's a proud member of the Farm Credit System, it's much more profit minded, internally competitive, and ego-centric than before the current CEO came to CoBank. You'll forget you're in Denver and sometimes think you're in NY. Satellite offices are more collegial and less stressful. Raises are tiny. Opportunities for promotion/job changes are hit and miss depending on title and business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With frequent reorganizations and change of direction, work is drama-filled and some managers are repeatedly indecisive. They delay making important decisions so they won't be overruled/criticized for bad results. The decisive ones change their mind way too often. Silos compound confusion and dysfunction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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