Grow Financial Credit Union

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Grow Financial Credit Union Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
11 Reviews
3.0
11 Reviews
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Robert L Fisher
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  1.  

    Quality Place to work / Great Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's a definite relaxed work culture. When requested there's competitive pay at positions. A growing Credit Union. The humble employees are what make it. It can be a long place of employment with decent benefits. Training available on site to develop employees into tomorrows leaders.

    Cons

    New movement into other states are the focus rather than rewarding employees (raises/bonus). Medical benefits are fading yearly. Growth brings new challenges from new places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yearly disclose to individual employees the level of growth that can be reached with their current credentials. Need to improve on services such as checking account fees and lack of rates. Need to develop other departments such as Business lending and Mortgage lending.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Real Estate Loan Officer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Loan Officer
    Former Employee - Loan Officer

    I worked at Grow Financial Credit Union full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, especially 401k match and time off (if supervisor allows and approves dates good for mgmt, not employee)

    Cons

    Poor compensation. LO's required to perform A LOT of admin, processing, closing functions, Unlike any other financial institutions. And that won't change, processors/closers at HQ have it very easy at Grow. No marketing support outside of hillsborough county. Lack of decision making abilities, and project proposals, let alone initiation...takes few years for anything, such as products that fit your market to get done. Won't help production.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over worked

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Relationship Specialist III in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Retail Relationship Specialist III in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Promote from within thats a plus but the cons outweigh the pluses

    Cons

    there are lots, no overtime, bonus is pitiful, promised us a raise and only gave it to "some" employees, bunch of liars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick to what you tell employees dont go back on your word

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People, Growth is Debateable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Branch Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary, job security, current expansion into other states,

    Cons

    No performance based comission structure even though we are required to sell mutliple products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. Extra money makes people happier than a trip to the zoo.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It can be disheartening if you want to make things better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits Package
    Excellent Compensation
    The organization openly accepts members of the LGBT community and offers health insurance benefits for domestic partners
    Company headquarters include a gym for employee use

    Cons

    Senior Management seems to have a very hard time finding a real direction to take the company in. There is frequently talk about changing the way that we do business, but we're so scared to rock the boat that we eventually back off and pretty much everything stays the same. Thing is, for the most part? We're pretty good at what we do and our members are happy with the services we offer. "Pretty good" doesn't encourage growth, though, and if you're really passionate about trying to find ways to change the organization for the better be prepared to be stonewalled on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to change the culture of your organization you have to be the living embodiment of what you want that culture to be. You cannot simply decide on a direction for the organization and the employees who aren't executives to live it if they don't see you practicing what you preach.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Branch Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    I think the culture is great, and employees are valued. One of the best places I've ever worked, and I've been in banking for quite a while.

    Cons

    The typical things you'll find anywhere else - and in this economy, i think the goals are tough but fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication lines open. The all employee meeting was great and seemed to get people pumped. Dump some of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Companies/Employers are hard to find

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    Grow has invested training time and dollars to help me do my job better. They also maintain very good employee benefits, including matching 401k contributions. They frequently provide and promote recognition to employees (below management levels). These are benefits and opportunities that are disappearing in many companies - especially those that are downsizing. For people who want to work and take advantage of opportunities within the company, the environment is great. I've seen many people promoted because of their dedication to the members and the organization.

    Cons

    Every company has issues and challenges, Grow is no exception. Are there challenges in communicating across a 500-person organization? Of course. But, I have seen changes to know that the company is working to improve. There are also challenges when the role of certain jobs changes. Some of this is due to changes in banking, and some is due to our current economy. Change is everywhere, and Grow has to adapt like every other business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More and more of the company's management seems to know what they're doing now than in years past. I like where the company is heading.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Management and not considerate of their employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brandon, FL

    I worked at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were okay

    Cons

    Since the name change, Grow has tried to become a very "Utopian Organization". They became very controlling to the point of "Stepfordizing" their employees. They were to look alike, act alike, talk alike, etc., almost to the point of becoming robotic.
    In addition, besides spending an astronomical amount of money to change their name, they also made many poor financial decisions that wasted members profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have remained MacDill Federal Credit Union. You had a good reputation and seemed to care more about your employees.
    In response to the next question, I do not think Mr. Fisher is a good CEO. Either he doesn't know what's going on or doesn't care. Maybe you should come out of your "Ivory Tower".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chearleaders welcome; integrity and loyalty not appreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    Salary and benefits package is good. Hours are reasonable. If you are looking for a JOB and not a career you should be satisfied for a while.

    Cons

    Dealing with the complete lack of communication within the organization. Knowing that no matter how well you do your job, you will recieve no recognition. Having to be careful of who you speak to and constantly monitoring yourself to be sure you can't be accused of being "negative" or "not a team player". Chearleaders are welcome. Professionals with ethics, integrity. desire to improve the work environment and actually serve the membership need not apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your secluded tower and talk to your employees. Quit relying on what the middle management tells you - they tell you what you want to hear. Go back to an open door policy. Remember how things were when you first joined MFCU. How high morale was the first few years of your "reign" - when employees mattered and gave their very best because they were proud of where they worked and knew that they were an important part of the "team".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    B players talk the talk, but manage a command-and-control 20th century culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Grow Financial Credit Union

    Pros

    Secure career for those who keep quiet and do their job

    Cons

    Rigid environment. Employees disappear quicky if they disagree with policy, speak up or step outside the command-and-control culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Stop playing politics and power games, and give members value for their money instead. Move into the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend

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