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I have been working at Amplify Credit Union full-time (More than 8 years)
I have worked at Amplify for almost 10 years now. I've watched it grow from about 100 employees to now over 200 employees. We've multiplied from two branches to 8 in that time. I've seen the implementation of our mortgage department and watched it grow into a booming part of our business. Business and Consumer lending have developed and become defined. There has been a ton of change, not the least of which was our name change from IBM Texas Employees Federal Credit Union (whew!) to Amplify back in 2006. The change is what keeps it exciting for me. Every day is something different. But there are other things that make me want to stay, like excellent benefits, flexible hours (I'm in a back office role), ability to attend training and external conferences, etc. What really makes a difference is the company culture. I had never worked for a not-for-profit organization before I came to Amplify, and the perspective is amazing. Even though I'm not dealing with our members directly, hearing the stories from our retail and lending teams about how they have helped our members avoid fraud, keep their car, get a loan to buy an engagement ring...it makes me feel good by association! I am so proud to work with everyone on this team because they put their hearts into their work with a smile on their face. It just encourages me to do what I can to support them so they can support our members. That kind of teamwork was never all that evident in my other jobs. I've never felt hesitant to talk to any of our leadership team, from Paul (our CEO) on down. All the Sr. VPs have their doors open unless they're in a meeting, and if I have a question for one of them I can just pop my head in the door and ask. I really like that they have a meeting with all the managers each quarter to fill them in on everything from our financials to our goals to employee recognition and plans for the future, and then the managers present all that information to their departments. Those meetings help me stay in tune with what is going on in other departments and with the business as a whole. I get contacted by headhunters on a pretty regular basis, but I don't even bother to consider other jobs. I've been elsewhere. I know what it's like. Amplify is the best place for me.
I paint a glowing picture above, but everything can't always be rainbows and puppies, and that is true here, too. Amplify has its warts. Sometimes communication is a challenge - a bombardment of emails and process changes that don't always filter out to everyone who needs to know prior to the change occurring. I think that is par for the course in most companies these days. Some departments are still rather flat in structure, which means that there aren't as many opportunities to move up, if that is what your career goal is. That being said, I have seen a great number of my coworkers kind of job hop within our organization, getting experience in multiple roles and multiple departments. That is cool for them, but also really helpful to Amplify because it helps build understanding of how what they are doing in their department affects other departments. Plus we get to keep all that historical knowledge in the company. The thing that is probably the biggest con for me is that sometimes people bring their baggage from past work lives into Amplify. When they are managers, it can be hard to scrape off the habits they acquired at other organizations so that they mesh with our culture here. When they are individual contributors, many times they are paranoid of management and of speaking up or making suggestions. They don't have trust in the organization, and they aren't willing to give it a chance or ask questions to verify their beliefs, they just hold on to their trunk of distrust and make assumptions based on that. For me, that is a huge frustration - if you can't contribute to a positive culture, or even try, then take your negativity elsewhere.
Advice to Management
Work gets busier and busier, but don't let that prevent you from getting out and talking to those who report to you, and even those in other departments. We go farther together than we can go alone. Communication is important. I really appreciate the freedom to voice my opinions and share my ideas and have them be heard, so please foster that for everyone. Keep your eyes and ears open - When there are people who are not performing or who don't demonstrate Amplify's values in their behavior, get them out of here before they start to bring their coworkers down.