Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
56 Reviews
3.3
56 Reviews
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President & CEO John C. Williams
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexibility, work-life balance and great people and good collaboration (in 17 reviews)

  • great benefits good people there is a work life balance cutting edge technology (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can still be a challenge at times, but much better than my other company (for profit) (in 3 reviews)

  • senior management has lost credibility by saying the right things, but not addressing the issues (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to network and build relationships for other job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It was a solid atmosphere with an interesting mixture of individuals, policies and practices.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance was always discussed, but was unable to balance. There was more work than life balance. Pay structure was and is very skewed not only throughout the District but throughout the System. Health benefits were considered part of the pay package. Management seems to terminate / let go of the key people and retain those who are "YES" employees and not those that actually are productive in the departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discussing at all levels the pay structure, benefits package and the hiring of staff.

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

    Great place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, management willing to help out, direct influence on important work, easy to have work life balance

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure, some bureaucracy (it is a public institution)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job overall, perhaps promote better cohesiveness within teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The employees are very good people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It has a good benefits package.

    Cons

    It is much like other environments, the more you talk the sooner you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and try to understand what they tell you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Relaxed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's been great experience so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, work-life balance and great people and good collaboration.

    Cons

    sometimes things move very slow.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Place to Start a New Career Path

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, cafeteria food, gym facilities, supportive environment to move within the bank, competitive salary structure and opportunities for salary and career promotions, culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and work/life balance.Good tuition assistant program.

    Cons

    New hires must likely have to adjust to the division and group culture, especially if the person is coming from a different industry. Although there are career opportunities, it is important for the individual to develop the necessary background and skills to transition from one group/division to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is approachable and proactively communicates with the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Its been a great ride so far!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Its great knowing your work helps support the public facing mission of the Bank. Lots of great people in a pretty collaborative environment and lots of exposure to senior managment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can still be a challenge at times, but much better than my other company (for profit). Decisions can be slow to be made and implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue increasing your transparency and working to improve upon the core values of the organization. Keep tuned in to the external market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A place that lacks teamwork, cooperation, innovation, and openness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, work-life balance, location to public transportation

    Cons

    Worst business culture I've ever experienced - many employees appear like the walking dead - unmotivated, unhappy. Overall there is a lack of teamwork in many departments, and there is a lack of transparency, collaboration, and trust between employees and management. So much gossip it seemed like high school all over again!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of incompent, bullying managers, and start working on a culture that encourages rather than punishes teamwork, creativity, and ambition. Read the article "Federal Reserve Employees Afraid to Speak Put Financial System at Risk" and start doing something to change the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people and support system.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people, great support system and very structured internship program. The FRB Gold program has grown over the last few years and has really done a great job in making sure that interns are taken care of. I was able to learn a lot in a short period of time and make lifelong connections, including mentors.

    Cons

    The job itself did not challenge me and made me feel a bit complacent. Many employees here are a bit older and have families to go back to, which makes it hard for a younger employee like myself to really bond with team members outside of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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