FHLBank Topeka

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FHLBank Topeka Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
12 Reviews
3.4
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great work environment.

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Create a program to promote career/professional development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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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 (more than 10 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A busy environment that takes into account your personal life.

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fair and honest

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work and retire

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small, stable organization with good salary and nice perks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Topeka, KS

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for learning, not good for long term health

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT - Great place to work with new technologies

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka

    Pros

    Awesome work culture. Everyone is very friendly and shares knowledge. You really feel like you are part of a team here.
    Agile based methodologies. You will find there is usage of OSS tools and the latest technologies.
    Not much overtime. I worked maybe three Saturdays and I was there >5 years.
    If you are from out of town, there are some telecommute options one day a week.
    In a recession they hire people, so stability is good. It really feels like you are part of a family. Training is encouraged and there are professional learning opportunities.
    You are given the right amount of autonomy to make decisions.
    It is a great place to work. The normal shelf life of an IT person at the bank is 3.5 years when the industry has only 2yrs on average, so they must be doing something right.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best for the area, but the benefits make up for that. Career progression in line with the same area (ie. developer 1 to developer 2) is slower than it should be, but that may have been fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have not already looked at fixing the career progression and advancement, definitely look at that. It's one of the only things I can really find fault with at the bank.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a great place to work, very nice and friendly atmosphere.

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

    I worked at FHLBank Topeka

    Pros

    The work culture is very good. Mostly agile based development.
    Don't work you overtime(very rare). Room for growth professionally. Use new technology and tools.
     Work hard/ Play hard environment. Great benefits.Have a nice retirement package.Every employee is treated as a partner, so bonuses are based on yearly profits. Stability in this recession.Training on new technologies and self improvement always encouraged.
    Altogether its a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    If you can handle the nasty politics then you are game. Micro-management at every level.
    Implementing new technologies every other day wears people out. They need to figure out a few good tools and stick to it for at least 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit micro-managing the employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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