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Bank Independent Overview

Sheffield, AL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Banks & Credit Unions
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Bank Independent was founded over 70 year ago and continues to thrive today because we have engaged team members who are active leaders with a commitment to excellence and a passion to fulfill our mission.

Our mission is simple, to make a positive difference ... Read more

Mission: As a closely-held non-corporate community bank, Bank Independent has the flexibility and commitment to make a positive difference in people's lives by:

* Valuing, respecting, and rewarding our team members
* Providing quality ... Read more

Company Updates

  • As the 7th annual Bank Independent Shelter Share drive concludes, we want to thank our team members for their commitment to making a positive difference in the community. The numbers only tell part of the story. Thank you. #positivedifference #sheltershare #helpinghands

    Community Contributes Over 4,178 Items to Local Animal Shelters

    Sheffield, Ala. - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - The 7th annual Bank Independent Shelter Share drive collected a total of 4,178 items and $1,427.37 in donations. Additionally, the bank donated over $7,000, sponsored 17 pet adoptions and provided 266 volunteer hours directly to animal shelters in northwest Alabama.

  • “We strive to create a culture where it’s fun to come to work and where our team members can live our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives." - Rick Wardlaw, CEO of Bank Independent

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Bank Independent – Why Work With Us?


Our highly competitive compensation and benefits package is one of the best in our market. In fact, our leadership team has made protecting our employee benefits package one of our organization's highest priorities.

Bank Independent team members enjoy:

  • Health & dental coverage
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Retirement/pension plan
  • Employee savings plan with employer match
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Paid holidays, sick, vacation and personal days
  • Competitive pay
  • Wellness & employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules
  • Complimentary banking services and products

Growing & Giving Back

Bank Independent provides our team members the resources, training and tools they need to grow personally and professionally plus opportunities to make a positive difference in the world through:

  • Ongoing professional growth & development
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Promotions from within our team
  • Opportunities to serve on committees & task forces
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Personal recognition & one-on-one time with management
  • Paid volunteer opportunities for community involvement
  • Values-driven customer service
  • Early access to cutting-edge banking technologies

Collaboration and inclusiveness


Qualities of a Great Team Member

We've spent a lot of time studying what it takes to become a great BI Banker, and we've found that folks who live our values and possess certain core qualities usually find the greatest success. Before applying to become a member of the Bank Independent family, you might ask yourself the following questions:

Do I value...

  • Playing by the rules?
  • Respecting others’ differences?
  • Treating others the way you want to be treated?
  • Acting with integrity; being open, honest and forthright?
  • Doing the right thing for all parties involved?
  • Honoring your commitments?

These values guide everything we do at Bank Independent.

Am I...

  • Adaptable?
  • Customer-centric?
  • Dependable?
  • Personally credible?
  • A relationship-builder?
  • A believer in self-development?

These are the core competencies necessary to be a successful Bank Independent team member.


Bank Independent Reviews

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Florence, AL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Florence, AL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank Independent full-time (More than 10 years)


    They care about their employee's like family.


    Really can't think of any.

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Bank Independent Photos

Bank Independent photo of: Food Share Delivery
Bank Independent photo of: Team Members at Blood Drive
Bank Independent photo of: Dragon Boat Race
Bank Independent photo of: Huntsville Team Supporting Big Spring Cafe
Bank Independent photo of: Working at a Food Share Event
Bank Independent photo of: Soliciting Bail Money for Charity
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Bank Independent Interviews



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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Florence, AL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Bank Independent (Florence, AL).


    They have a lot of rules to abide by, but nothing too outlandish. The interview was challenging, but they really weeded out people. You will have to take several computer tests before an in person interview if you make it.

    Interview Questions

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Bank Independent Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Banks to Work For, Best Companies Group and American Banker Magazine, 2019
  • Large Business of the Year (51+ Team Members), Shoals Chamber of Commerce, 2019
  • Superior 5 Star Rating, BauerFinancial, Inc., 2017
  • Blue Ribbon Bank Commendation of Excellence, VERIBANC, Inc., 2017
  • United Way of Northwest Alabama Top Contributor in Financial Industry, United Way of Northwest Alabama, 2017
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