Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President & CEO John C. Williams
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Pros
  • Salary, benefits, work-life balance, location to public transportation (in 19 reviews)

  • great benefits good people there is a work life balance cutting edge technology (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance was always discussed, but was unable to balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management prefers "technicians" rather than staff with strong "people skills (in 4 reviews)

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  1. great internship

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    picked up tons of skills from charting workflows to writing business requirements to learning cost savings analysis. learned visio, advanced excel skills, other facets of HR from talent recruiting to L&OD
    - managers door was always open and he dispensed great advice. coworkers were helpful and real friendly

    Cons

    -sometime work was dull or flow of work ebbed
    - as i started later in summer than other interns, wasn't really introduced to intern class till later.
    - only a 7 week internship compared to other interns who worked 10 weeks

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverse staff, many opportunities for advancement, excellent commute location, good salaries and stable employment environment. The work is extremely important to the health of the global economy. You really get a sense that you are making a contribution to the betterment of society.

    Cons

    It can take some time for the organization to evolve, but be patient and good things will happen. Some people say that management is slow to accept change. It is a very conservative company, but that is getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

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  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Relaxed.

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    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed. Cafe/food on the 4th floor. Very good benefits. Stable.

    Cons

    Very office-ish. Segregated. Private spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the environment more collaborative instead of pure cubicles that separate everyone.

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  5. Human Resources was great in facilitating coming on to the company.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    HR was very efficient in keeping me updated with the interview and hiring process.
    In addition, the background check and completion of paperwork online.
    I am really excited about starting with the company.

    Cons

    No problems as of yet.

    Recommends
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  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Project Manager for large scale enterprise wide ITT solutions for business

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    Former Employee - ITT Project Manager/Director
    Former Employee - ITT Project Manager/Director

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, culture serious but rewarding, good opportunities for advancement and learning challenges to advance one's skills.

    Cons

    It is regulated by the Federal Reserve System and Board of Governors -- so more conservative and risk averse than high tech private companies.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful

    It was a wonderful, professional experience. It was the highlight of 20 years banking experience.

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    Former Employee - Technical Check Adjustment Specialist II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Check Adjustment Specialist II in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good People, Good Environment, Opportunity to be creative and innovative, while conforming in a conservative banking environment. Above average compensation for individual efforts.

    Cons

    Consolidation and lay offs and remote management accessibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be impeccable with your word, keep striving to promote professionalism, stay involved in the reality of awareness concerning an employee's performance and continually stress appropriate business ethics.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Fantastic place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

    Pros

    Intelligent and engaged colleagues, responsive management.

    Cons

    Too much slack, some processes are done very inefficiently.

  9. Love it here!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Jobs are challenging and you get the opportunity to impact the nation! People are really great and direct management is supportive. While this is a legacy organization, they are very innovative. There is a strong focus on work life balance and continuing education/professional development.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes a bit of time to get things implemented. Given the focus of the Fed, there are many rules and regulations, which are needed!, just be prepared that this is the environment.

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  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Great company for balanced lifestyle

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Very reasonable hours. The education benefits are incredible (15k+ a year). I am concurrently doing a master's in a technical field while working full-time. My bosses have always been respectful for these demands and encourage me to take time off when necessary.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are rare unless you are in BS&R or Statistics.

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  11. Meaningful work, enjoyable atmosphere, supportive environment, great location!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

    Pros

    The Fed is a fascinating organization and most employees are proud to work here. The research department in San Francisco is particularly strong. Employees at all levels are supportive of each other, and the younger staff are encouraged to take on new challenges. Benefits are great and the facility is excellent (cafeteria, lounge, great location in SF, etc.).

    Cons

    Salaries are slightly lower than in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work so that you can retain your top notch employees!

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