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"IT - Great place to work with new technologies"

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Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Awesome work culture. Everyone is very friendly and shares knowledge. You really feel like you are part of a team here.
Agile based methodologies. You will find there is usage of OSS tools and the latest technologies.
Not much overtime. I worked maybe three Saturdays and I was there >5 years.
If you are from out of town, there are some telecommute options one day a week.
In a recession they hire people, so stability is good. It really feels like you are part of a family. Training is encouraged and there are professional learning opportunities.
You are given the right amount of autonomy to make decisions.
It is a great place to work. The normal shelf life of an IT person at the bank is 3.5 years when the industry has only 2yrs on average, so they must be doing something right.

Cons

The pay is not the best for the area, but the benefits make up for that. Career progression in line with the same area (ie. developer 1 to developer 2) is slower than it should be, but that may have been fixed.

Advice to Management

If you have not already looked at fixing the career progression and advancement, definitely look at that. It's one of the only things I can really find fault with at the bank.

Other Employee Reviews for FHLBank Topeka

  1. Helpful (3)

    "This is a great place to work, very nice and friendly atmosphere."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work culture is very good. Mostly agile based development.
    Don't work you overtime(very rare). Room for growth professionally. Use new technology and tools.
     Work hard/ Play hard environment. Great benefits.Have a nice retirement package.Every employee is treated as a partner, so bonuses are based on yearly profits. Stability in this recession.Training on new technologies and self improvement always encouraged.
    Altogether its a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    If you can handle the nasty politics then you are game. Micro-management at every level.
    Implementing new technologies every other day wears people out. They need to figure out a few good tools and stick to it for at least 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micro-managing the employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "FHLB is a great place to work. IT department... not so much."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new technology and processes.
    Bank management (C-level) is excellent.
    Great perks. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Cronyism is rampant in IT. The worst part is that it is painfully obvious.
    IT middle managers are incompetent and simply horrible.
    Projects routinely go over budget due to bad management decisions. This leads to frustration and added pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the people doing actual development.
    Don't trust what middle management is telling you. Go look for yourself.
    Remember most project managers are playing games with you and not being honest.


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