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Bank of the Ozarks Overview

Little Rock, AR
1001 to 5000 employees
1903
Company - Public (OZRK)
Finance
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Bank of the Ozarks is a regional bank providing innovative financial solutions delivered by expert bankers with a relentless pursuit of excellence. Bank of the Ozarks has been recognized as the #1 bank in the nation in its asset size for seven consecutive years. Headquartered in ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to be the best banking organization in each of the markets we serve as determined by our customers, shareholders, employees and regulators.

Company Updates

  • Lance Sexton has joined Bank of the Ozarks as Executive Vice President, Regional Government Guaranteed Loan Specialist. He will be based at Bank of the Ozarks’ Springdale Office. Sexton has 30 years of experience in the origination, servicing and liquidation of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans; ten years of experience directly managing portfolios of SBA loans; and six years of experience as a small business owner. He has worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation both directly and in liquidating large SBA portfolios of failed institutions and has managed the Small Business Development Center at the University of Arkansas. Sexton currently conducts SBA seminars and speaks at SBA lending conferences around the country. He most recently built a top SBA program at a small community bank in Northwest Arkansas. “Bank of the Ozarks has the people, technology and the strength to be a top national SBA lending institution and I am very blessed to be a part of the team. Bank of the Ozarks is consistently one of the highest performing banks in the country."

  • Paula Cholmondeley has been recognized by Savoy magazine as one of their 2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. Cholmondeley has served as a member of Bank of the Ozarks Board of Directors since May 2016 and serves on the Board’s Compensation Committee and CRA and Fair Lending Committee. The Savoy list recognizes African-American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership. Cholmondeley is the Chief Executive Officer of The Sorrel Group, a corporate governance consulting company founded by Ms. Cholmondeley in 2004. She previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Products for Sappi Fine Paper, a subsidiary of Sappi Limited. She has held various management positions with Owens Corning, The Faxon Company, Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, and Westinghouse Elevator Company, and served as a White House Fellow assisting the U.S. Trade Representative during the Reagan administration.

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Bank of the Ozarks – Why Work For Us?


In 1903 we were a small bank in one of Arkansas’s smallest towns. Now Bank of the Ozarks is the nation’s 60th largest by assets; we have offices in nine states and have never been more customer-centric and employee-focused.

Our goal isn’t to be the biggest bank, but to be the best bank. We are committed to the highest ethical standards, fair dealing with customers and one another, and putting our customers’ interests first. Always.

We’re proud to be named the top-rated bank in the United States based on financial performance for seven consecutive years by three of the nation’s leading financial sources including Bank Director Magazine, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and ABA Banking Journal. These honors are a testament to our companywide dedication to sound banking, focused growth and innovative financial solutions.

Our industry-leading performance comes from hiring the best people, providing training and advancement opportunities, introducing innovative technology, and demanding excellence in all we do. Put it all together and you can proudly tell anyone you are part of our banking team.

We exist because our people strive for perfection and focus on highly personalized customer service. As we continue to take excellent care of our customers, our future will be bright.

Join us and see how bright your future can be.

Whether you join us at one of our many retail banking offices, on our lending teams or at our corporate offices, we offer rewarding opportunities for people who are committed to excellence. At Bank of the Ozarks, we offer you:

  • Opportunities to serve commercial and retail customers in a collaborative, performance-driven organization
  • Opportunities to enhance your skills, perform at peak and advance in a team-oriented environment
  • Much more than a paycheck; we encourage your active engagement in community service
  • Highly competitive wages and benefits, including: 
    • a 401k beginning on Day 1 with a 5 percent company match
    • Three healthcare plan options, dental and vision coverage
    • Health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, personal healthcare advisor
    • Paid vacation and accrued sick leave based on time in service
    • Paid holidays (10, including two of your choice, in 2017)
    • Basic and supplemental life insurance, group accident insurance, short- and long-term disability, group voluntary critical illness coverage
    • Free checking, saving, and other select banking services
    • Employee discounts and special offers from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Microsoft

Being named the nation’s top-rated bank for seven consecutive years doesn’t happen by chance. This achievement says a great deal about our unique management philosophy, workplace culture, and our people. We place special emphasis on people.

Being the best takes hard work and at Bank of the Ozarks this is a team effort. We recognize performance and are committed to promoting from within.

Every new team member is selected on the basis of demonstrated skill, a collaborative and inclusive spirit, and a commitment to making a difference in the bank and the community.

In return, we offer you the opportunity to excel, advance and be fulfilled in your chosen career with us.

One of our long-held core values at Bank of the Ozarks is to treat one another with dignity and respect.

This commitment to equal opportunity and fair treatment means we welcome diversity in our fellow bankers, our customer base, our communities, and our board of directors.

We embrace America’s diversity and all that it has to offer. Our culture is constantly and rapidly changing, and we must be sensitive and adaptive to its evolution.

Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our employment and lending practices, our products and customer services, and in our participation with many diverse community and professional organizations. It’s also reflected in our daily work life.

We work for the creation of both social and financial capital in each of our banking communities. This commitment to serving others takes shape in our institutional practices and our individual passion for giving back.

Our philanthropic energy includes support of dozens of organizations that provide educational services, offer shelter and food to our neighbors in need, and work for community betterment. Our people bring their passion for community engagement to life as volunteers in many local, state and national organizations.

Together, we strive to enrich our communities; we welcome your participation in this important work.  

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  • "A Good Bank on the verge of being a Great Bank."

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    Pros

    Managers and Staff are given a high degree of autonomy to sink or swim with their programs.
    Resources are being deployed, and new Programs are being built across the Bank to improve in areas that need it.
    Great work life balance.
    A focus on performance rather than talk - so the dead weight doesn't stay too long.

    Cons

    Not a lot of feed back in the form of detailed Performance Reviews, mostly informal - so you don't know exactly how secure your job is.
    Short Term Incentives (Cash Bonus) are not given for the work already done.
    Long Term Incentives (Stock Options) for the work already done have a 3 Year vesting period.
    Certain people are in roles that they aren't really qualified or suited for.

    Advice to Management

    Align your compensation plans with peer institutions.
    Steer clear of creating too much internal red tape.

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Bank of the Ozarks Interviews

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Bank of the Ozarks.

    Interview

    First round was phone interview, very straightforward.

    Second round was at the office in Dallas with about 8 of their asset managers. They're really looking to see if you fit the culture at their office, which is hard-working, organzied, and able to work in a structured system.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you organize your work?

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Bank of the Ozarks Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Top Performing Bank ($5 billion up to $50 billion), Bank Director Magazine, 2017

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