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BOK Financial Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Steven G. Bradshaw
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Pros
  • Work-life balance seems to matter here (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company and great leadership (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance isn't priority (in 3 reviews)

  • So balance that warm fuzzy feeling with the annual dread of how many lay offs there will be to help senior management fudge a decent ROAE (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Satisfied Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time

    Pros

    The company fosters a strong culture

    Cons

    The various market brands can cause some brand confusion and dilute brand recognition

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "VP- Manager"

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    Current Employee - Vice President -Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Vice President -Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere with an awesome salary and benefits package. I would go back in a heartbeat

    Cons

    Layoffs. That is the only reason I am no longer employed there.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "A great place to use your skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BOK Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corporate leaders genuinely care about employee engagement & satisfaction

    Cons

    Company has some business segments that need to be "refreshed".


  4. "Great place to teach yourself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BOK Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, friendly upper management, clear lines of communication

    Cons

    Basically have to teach yourself the job, coworkers were never at office because they weren’t required since had been there longer. This makes it really difficult to try and learn or have any help. Best place to work if you DON’T want a team but be on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to teach and show things better than just say them. Put your workers in the position instead of telling them to get to that point. Any advice my manager had was based on his experience 20 years ago, which was irrelevant in today’s market.


  5. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Mortgage Loan Processor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Mortgage Loan Processor in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BOK Financial (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It pays well and good benefits

    Cons

    Management is hit and miss

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more consistent with your workers duties


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Private Bank Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Investments in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Investments in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BOK Financial full-time

    Pros

    Company has a solid culture. Lot of nice people and decent pay, below bulge bracket banks though.

    Cons

    Company is growing and there are some legacy bosses that are awful. Like devilish awful. Report when you have to pee, cant leave the desk period awful, lunches, 5 minute break to network with your other groups on the floor awful. Required to go to seminars for education and if there is construction and you were unaware, prepare to defend your self to the death why you were 10 minutes late. Guilty until proven innocent. These same mid level senior people that have been there too long are super paranoid. They are also extraordinarily lazy. So when you are working with no breaks in a 10+ hour day, weekends arent off the table, and they feel they can say, "oh by the way, do this that and the third, it crushes you. No work life balance. They arent small tasks either. Its, "our admins are tired so please do their job, and oh, learn this entire system and yes it takes 100 hours to learn, and yes everytime you use it it will be 20+ hours min, per client, thats ok because our admin has been here for 10 years and I have been here for 20. Your title doesnt matter is the point nor your time in the industry. For all of this stress and extreme time commitment, they promise you a compensation package and dont honor it. Never experienced that before. Your fate is in the hands of the roulette wheel, meaning, did you get a nice boss that fits the overall culture or a psycho? Advice, don't walk but run from any wealth management front office job in their dallas office.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to the folks that no longer represent the direction and culture of the company. You are in a leadership role, if you don't protect your staff from bullies just because they have been there 15 to 20 years, how are you ever going to retain talent and keep your clients long term? People that are wealthy catch on to shenanigans like you allow, and they will gladly go to a bulge bracket and get lower fees, team experience, and an overall more impactful, sincere experience that isnt one person on a hamster wheel doing a whole desks' job for them.

    BOK Financial Response

    Nov 13, 2017 – SVP, Director Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking time to time to provide feedback. As an organization, we take each and every review seriously and will utilize this as an opportunity to improve. If you have not already done... More


  7. "Overall great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time

    Pros

    They invest a lot of time and money into employees. Some of the best people to work for.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities. A lot of promises of mobility and what to expect that weren't true.

  8. "Great place to work...if you want to move to Tulsa OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great pay
    Good work/life balance
    Excellent executive leadership team

    Cons

    If you hope to grow a corporate level career in Operations or IT you need to plan to move to Tulsa

    Advice to Management

    Leverage your other markets for talent. You operate in major metropolitan cities. Let people work remote, and don't force them to move. You are making the available talent pool very shallow.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family and pet friendly. Great people.

    Cons

    Still waiting for a promotion.


  10. "Oh where to start?"

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    Former Employee - Technical Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Technical Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BOK Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Remote work flexibility.

    Cons

    Red tape everywhere. Absurdly cheap with IT. Outdated systems running crucial financial processes. After hours support with no compensation or phone provided. Crazy turnover in IT.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to spend money on technology. The good stuff is expensive. Get your after-hours support personnel company phones.


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