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BOK Financial Reviews

Updated January 29, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility in work schedules - work life balance" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Wonderful co-workers and great benefits" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "I would like to see us continue to grow in other major cities in Texas to create additional opportunities for upper management positions" (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    "LOVE this place!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, work/life balance, internal mobility, strong culture of team work and internal partnership, the company and leadership truly cares about it's employees and the communities we serve.

    I have been with the organization going on 12 years and I have been afforded many growth and development opportunities over the years.

    Our 401K matching program is better than any others in our industry and significantly rewards tenure with the organization.

    Cons

    The only con I can speak to would be limited equity opportunities.

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 16, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a review and offer feedback. As you know, we are consistently looking at what benefits are best for our employees. It's nice to be acknowledged for what we... More


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great positives, but equally great negatives in the audit department"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time

    Pros

    A lot of really great people that I'm proud to call coworkers. I really can't stress how great most of the people are here. A generally great culture. The work is pretty straightforward and gives you a great overview of the bank. The Chief Auditor seems to really care about the department. Team building events really help to solidify teams and build relationships which make it incredibly hard to want to leave.

    The people we audit nice and always willing to help.

    The benefits are competitive, but oil and gas benefits are much better. 401k match eventually gets good. They match up to 6% (50% for 0-4 years, 100% for 5-10 years, 150% for 10-15 years, and 200% after that). The insurance benefits are great although the premiums could be lower. The vacation of 3 weeks with 4 weeks at VP are great but you just lose them at the end of the year. The sick PTO is ok but should be allowed to be used on things like doctors appointments. Preventative care is a lot more important.

    Cons

    Some individuals are toxic; nice to your face, but will openly trash you to coworkers and management. It's worse than high school ever was and is embarrassing to even hear. Management plays favorites (usually the toxic ones). They will take the word of some no questions asked even though they're completely misinformed. Despite a new structure, don't expect to get a promotion. Initial promotions were made with the new structure and crickets since. This is an internal audit department and everyone is salaried--why do we have to track our hours? Just set the due date and let the audits work. Starting pay wasn't terrible, but the annual "raise" doesn't keep up with inflation and pay is no longer competitive (no matter what "research" management has done). Salary ranges for currently available positions in other companies are 20-35% higher and we are probably losing out on good people for that reason. No wonder turnover is so high. It's pretty much an open secret that half the department is actively looking for other employment. Management overworks their employees and overschedules audits for the limited number of auditors. Some AICs are micromanagers and think and act like they're managers.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the pay of seniors and staff. people won't stick around for a stagnant salary.

    Automatically promote based on subjective measures or time and perhaps deny automatic promotions with evidence.

    Change the way surveys are done. No one is honest because no one wants to be singled out in meetings--department or team. No one believes that these SurveyMonkey or any other survey is really anonymous. Also meetings with groups rarely gets the truth in a group of auditors. It just gets what they think you want to hear. Perhaps have anonymous submissions through an internal audit email.

    Allow more people to elect to work mostly or entirely from home. It's been proven that people work better remotely.

    Absolutely continue the social committee and events. This is a great initiative.

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 24, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for providing us feedback. We appreciate your candor. Though we strive to promote a positive working environment, it sounds from your remarks that there could be opportunities for... More

  3. "Bokf as a whole is an amazing company they take good care of employees and their families."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relationship Banker in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Relationship Banker in Fayetteville, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/home balance is great, lots of employee engagement, ability to advance in company.

    Cons

    In Arkansas market it is very slow and hard to reach sales goals. This affects your bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Just remember what it was like to be in a branch


  4. "Great local management, poor corporate decisions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trust Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Trust Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BOK Financial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The local management in Denver is incredible. The experience I gained in personal trusts was broad and relevant. The clients were mostly great to work with.

    Cons

    The corporate management was not the best; they often made decisions that showed very little understanding of the actual processes within the local teams. They were very much a corporate monolith, with no human feel. They tried to shift responsibility for lack of engagement to the local management, which was unfair to the amazing local managers. Lack of engagement was due solely to the company requiring everyone to do more work with less people and less support. They put their profit ahead of their people. Also, training was almost nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Local management - keep up doing a great job; corporate management - if you want true engagement and happy employees, start embodying what you say you stand for; pay attention to the Gallup surveys and the correlated articles in the Gallup newsletter; stop cutting staff and then expecting increases in new accounts; stop assigning large projects without appropriate support for those projects.

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 24, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We appreciate your candor. Though we strive to promote a positive working environment, it sounds from your remarks there could be opportunities for... More


  5. "Provides environment for success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people
    Great city
    Opportunities to grow if you work hard
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Older technology
    Not very many employee events

    Advice to Management

    More employee events

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 4, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback and this review. Your comments are appreciated and valued. BOKF works hard to promote a positive work environment and a culture that embraces all... More


  6. "Awesome Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Great People, Great Clients, Great Atmosphere

    Cons

    There are no cons. BOKF is AWESOME!!!

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 16, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback and this review. Your comments are appreciated and valued. BOKF works hard to promote a positive work environment and a culture that embraces all... More


  7. "Highly recommended!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BOK Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is exponential room for growth if you are consistent and hard-working. The benefits are awesome. Having a normal 8-5 (ish), M-F schedule and holidays demonstrates BOK's commitment to work/life balance. There is almost always some sort of perk available to us--discounted tickets to a play, exclusive family night at the zoo or WinterFest ice skating rink, drawings for free tickets, etc. It's heartwarming, too, to work for a company that is so involved in the community through organizations like United Way.

    Cons

    I am sometimes frustrated with the systems we use at work. They're not exactly streamlined and there can be times where it seems like there are far too many systems involved in one task. Companies I have previously worked for (that, to be fair, are larger) had more efficient programs and technology.

    BOK Financial Response

    Dec 20, 2018 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and this review. Your comments are appreciated and valued. If you have any suggestions for improvement on our systems be sure to share... More

  8. "BOK Financial"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    Regional management could be better

    BOK Financial Response

    Jan 4, 2019 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback and this review. Your comments are appreciated and valued. BOKF works hard to promote a positive work environment and a culture that embraces all... More


  9. "Great Place To Be!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing regional bank with great culture!

    Cons

    Cannot list one at first though.

    BOK Financial Response

    Dec 5, 2018 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback and this review. Your comments are appreciated and valued. BOKF works hard to promote a positive work environment and a culture that embraces all... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "AVP, Senior Systems Admin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get bank holidays although they take several 3 day weekends a year from IT personnel to accomplish DR events. Recently gone causal at the BTC where most IT are.

    Cons

    You will most likely work a tremendous amount of hours without much reward as they run extremely lean on the number of employees. They rarely fully implement large applications to their fullest potential so lots of things like Asset Management and other ITIL needs are non existent. Management is mostly nice but scared of recent security changes which were implemented poorly, fast, and with almost no guidelines or documented “rules” and management is to scared to push back and fight for employees now. So worklife balance is bad and you really have little backup if something gets questioned.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing the work environment to be changed from a decent employee appreciated workplace to a place or fear and terrible worklife balance

    BOK Financial Response

    Dec 5, 2018 – VP, Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for providing us feedback. We appreciate your candor. Though we strive to promote a positive working environment, it sounds from your remarks that there could be opportunities for... More