FHLBank Topeka Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. .net Consultant

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at FHLBank Topeka as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall good atmosphere in which to work

    Cons

    Seems to be heavy with middle management

  2. Great potential but falls short...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive benefits including a strong incentive payout at the end of the year and retirement fund employer matches. The organization attracts talent and professionals. Very modern building with comfortable work spaces - although some relies heavily on cubicle culture which allows for little privacy and significant background interference (may depend on department).

    Cons

    Very siloed and corporate culture. Occasional hot heads with short tempers. Benefit package is good but not very forward thinking. Exempt employees may work a lot of overtime with little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the silos, evaluate compensation on hire for more than previous salary history. Create an environment for peer-to-peer feedback. Enhance break room spaces to include space to relax, unwind or work out. The premise would be much enhanced with sidewalks around the building and an appreciation for wellness.

  3. Great work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Campus setting, great people, great benefits, opportunities for community service. High bonus percentage, generous vacation days. Great company outings.

    Cons

    Boring work, not a lot of professional development opportunities. Not a strong relationship with local colleges for new hires. Salaries on the low end (but bonus usually makes up for this).

    Advice to Management

    Create a program to promote career/professional development.

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  5. Minimal opportunity for career growth and for thinking outside the box.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; Supportive of the work/family balance.

    Cons

    Elitist executive management culture; employees not valued, not a positive atmosphere for long term employees. Avoid the Housing, IT and HR areas.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like you would like to be treated. In addition, change culture back to a customer service oriented atmosphere. Bank customers are the reason you are in business. Remember, employees are the reason why senior managers enjoy success and lucrative salaries.

  6. A busy environment that takes into account your personal life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at FHLBank Topeka full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FHLBank Topeka focuses on work-life balance and does everything they can to ensure you have quality family time. In addition, they encourage and assist in personal growth.

    Cons

    The Information Technology department has management that lacks a backbone or structure.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people in IT accountable and do what you say you're going to do.

  7. Fair and honest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at FHLBank Topeka full-time (more than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, positive people, collaborative, agile, single technology stack, good planning efforts, opportunities to learn, great facility, awesome bonus plan... But not really a bonus because it is used to " bring your salary up to market"

    Cons

    Very old technology, decisions frequently become analysis paralysis, basic tasks take a long time due to rigorous processes and red tape, bonus is not based on your individual performance, for a wealthy organization they are stingy with technology

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions, dictate a direction, then move the teams into action. Update technology proactively rather than waiting for it to go unsupported. Hold managers accountable... Talk to the manager's employees.

  8. Good Coworkers, good mission, too much in-fighting from senior mgmt

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Partner in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Business Partner in Topeka, KS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    FHLBank mission "helping members build communities" makes you want to work here. Coworkers are great, professional, most want to work and make a difference. Great benefits, wonderful work environment, you get the tools and training you need.

    Cons

    - Too much infighting in the senior mgmt ranks with 2 camps. Follow what one group tells you to do and you may get left on the ledge if the other side questions what you are doing.
    - Too slow at making changes. Must jump through hoops with potential risks even for minor changes. It feels like Congress - talk everything to death and the one who can talk/write the most wins even if it's not the best solution. CEO always traveling (for work purposes) and doesn't get involved.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want us to do and get an agreement to support it from both sides - even if one group would prefer something else. Let's accept some risk and move forward.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work and retire

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at FHLBank Topeka

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very family friendly environment. They reimburse fees for wide variety of courses. Very flexible environment. They provide with many paid training opportunities.

    Cons

    Being a small company there are very few opportunities for growth.
    Political correctness pays more than performance at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employees especially the middle management are rarely held accountable. Therefore there is not much pressure on employees to perform to the fullest.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Small, stable organization with good salary and nice perks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Upper management very accessible. Great small-company feel where you can get to know everyone. Bank-wide events like summer family events, Christmas parties and United Way weeks. Great perks (free fruit, subsidized vending/snacks, on-site café/child care). Competitive pay and great benefits package. Politically active – common for standing Senators or Representatives to stop by to deliver speeches, meet constituents and Q&A. Quarterly company-wide town hall meetings. Great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Downside of any small organization – limited opportunities for vertical promotion. The organization is locked into a geographic area, very difficult to grow. Personnel increases are typically driven by regulation and are oversight-oriented. Significant regulatory pressure and burdens to operational staff. Despite the best of intentions, staff may feel like there is always someone looking over their shoulder. The benefits create golden handcuffs; some that have been there for an extended period of time can lose perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Expect more from all tiers of management. Hold them accountable for addressing performance/staffing issues. Strive to maintain the current culture. Facilitate mutual respect and collaboration throughout the organization, especially throughout the management chain.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good for learning, not good for long term health

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at FHLBank Topeka

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile environment, good benefits, good support for travel for training.
    This is a decent job for anyone starting out to learn skills and be challenged.
    Senior management is very friendly (middle management not so much).

    Cons

    Very high stress environment. Expect to work long hours and possibly overnights any time one of their fragile systems break. Management does not care about employees home lives or happiness at work. You are a resource, get used to it.
    Programming in VB.net.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and money improving products that were rushed out the door and are too fragile. Show some interest in keeping your employees happy.

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