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Once upon a time, an employer you wanted to work for.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, IA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, IA

I have been working at CUNA Mutual

Pros

Coworkers are great people who a friendly and knowledgeable. Benefits have been reduced but are still above average. Management has done a better job of rewarding top performers. There are always opportunities to move laterally to a new role to expand your knowledge and skills, but little opportunity for actual promotion.

Cons

Management tries to reduce everything down to statistics, including the employees. While management has done a great job of continued financial success given the economy, they have also reduced their standards. Employees are expected to do more work for less, often supporting other departments, and service to our clients is intentionally being reduced to average when CUNA Mutual Group once prided on having the best possible. Little effort is made to retain the top talent. Many systems are ancient but don't get updated because of the expense.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You undervalue your employees because they are talented, experienced, and require little oversight. Make a better effort to keep and work with these people! Then you would not be stuck leaping into new projects without a basic understanding of the work involved and a solid strategy, wasting resources or ultimately outsourcing the product.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Madison, WI

    I have been working at CUNA Mutual

    Pros

    1.Great work life balance
    2.Generally nice people
    3.Decent salary & benefits
    4.Location - Madison is a great place to raise a family

    Cons

    1.Constant re-organization
    2.Too much reliance on core credit union market
    3.Not too much respect for new and/or different ways of thinking.
    4.Senior management complacency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the business outside of the credit union space.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Gets 9 out of 10 signs of a Fear-Based Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at CUNA Mutual

    Pros

    Low pressure, slow-paced environment. Most people, even VPs, work a 9-5 schedule. Yes some work more from home at night but compared with other companies (where VPs are in the office 7am-7pm plus working 2-4 hours at home), the schedule is very reasonable and offers good work-life balance.

    The one sign of a fear-based culture that isn't true is that there aren't a lot of little petty rules. It's not a big deal if you want to take vacation or need to take a sick day.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations and lack of trust in employees.

    Constant reorganizations: employees get title promotions without changes in pay, employees get demoted not because of performance issues but because management decides their job grades aren't correct (this has happened not once but multiple times), job roles aren't clearly defined, job descriptions and levels depend in part on the VP - if a VP is supportive of his people their job titles and grades will be higher than someone under a different VP even when the work is very similar.

    Lack of trust in employees: in almost every case when an opening and opportunity to promote would occur, management would interview a few internal candidates and then decide they needed to hire from the outside. Of course once that person started they would be in the same boat as existing employees. Internal promotions are rarer than at any other company I've worked for. Moreover, after a few years some of those new people get forced out - I've never seen turnover of staff like that either.

    Much of this has long been part of the culture but Jeff Post, after attempting some superficial and ham-handed changes, has given up and fosters a culture where are respected even less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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