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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco CEO Mary C. Daly
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Pros
  • "There are lots of perks, and work life balance is fairly good" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Federal Reserve Bank offers great benefits" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "A great family work life balance is expected, but it can sometimes be hard to put into action" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Say they want new ideas and don't use them until you leave and then take credit for all you did" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work. Destination Employer!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manager II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent People and super supportive upper management. Paid Education benefits that fully paid for my graduate degree. Challenging and fulfilling work. Employees here carry a ton of pride and integrity and understand the mission of the Fed.

    Cons

    Sometimes the longer hours can take a toll. A great family work life balance is expected, but it can sometimes be hard to put into action.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is doing great, but should strongly consider increasing ANPs in certain areas. We are long overdue for additional staff.


  2. "This organization has an identity crisis. It's quasi-government but has tech aspirations."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Middle management often make poor decisions given the ever changing identity and behavioral goals applied to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management often implement new behavioral programs that do not fit well with the actual department. The programs are implemented with expediancy mainly for the career advancement of the managers themselves but at the expense of employees who are given minimal tools to adapt to the new requirements.

  3. "HR is the shadiest of all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were great - but that's about it.

    Cons

    Say they want new ideas and don't use them until you leave and then take credit for all you did. Don't respect their employees. SUPER lazy HR department and the shadiest of all departments, when they're supposed to be the ones following rules and making the organization better. Talent Acquisition peeps are awful human beings. Glad Mary Daly was appointed CEO - she definitely deserves it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they complain about their Managers and take them seriously.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not inclusive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The public mission is great, the benefits are great and some of the people are there for the right reasons

    Cons

    They will never accept you if you are hired in from outside at above the entry level. This is a club. Members only are welcome

    Advice to Management

    Get some fresh perspective


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Bank is working hard to be more progressive. It also cares about it's people as demonstrated by the commitment to changing the culture. And the benefits are fantastic!

    Cons

    If you're looking to make a big impact fast, you may be less than satisfied at any FRB.

    Advice to Management

    The Federal Reserve System is by nature a conservative, stabilizing entity. That's what it is supposed to be. Yes, be forward looking and find ways to stay current. But don't try to be a tech company. It's not what we are.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lead Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company culture
    Fellow employees
    Challenging projects
    Benefits
    Work-life balance
    Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Not all departments are the same in terms of opportunities for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Our leadership team is doing the right things. They listen to employees, take their feedback into account, and make appropriate changes.


  7. "Great people to work with and great benefits"

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and the culture. Continues improvements in creating a better work environment

    Cons

    Change can be slow. Bureaucratic at times

    Advice to Management

    Less silo thinking and more accepting of new and better technology solutions that would help the organization as a whole

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Hypocritical and behind the times"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The FRB can be a good fit for some people. If you're looking for a relatively stable job with decent benefits but don't mind suppressing your personality, keeping your head down, taking orders, keeping your opinions to yourself and projecting a positive image no matter what, then you might be a good fit.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a career at the Fed that you can grow and drive and where you want to make a difference, then you'll be disappointed. The Fed is hypocritical and HR says all those things you want to hear. They'll say "we want you to drive your own careers", "present your innovative ideas to your management", "speak up when you see something is wrong" but in reality case after case has proven that they usher those people right out the door. It's the kind of environment where they want you to suppress your personal ethics and don't want you to rock the boat - in that way it's behind the times and will lead to #MeToo problems later. HR Leadership seems to be the worst offenders in this "do as I say, not as I do" mentality. If you don't have to deal with them then you might be OK.

    Advice to Management

    The Bank Leadership and others should look at the feedback that the employees on the IC level are giving you - so often the survey results are suppressed at the Dept. level and nothing ever changes to improve the lack of trust employees have with their management. And Legal should look at all the cash they're paying out to departing employees as a sign that something is rotten in the state of Denmark!


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Federal Reserve Bank offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Too much focus on managing to improvement survey results. Discourage employees from being honest.

    Advice to Management

    Not all management are created equal. There are good managers and there are bad. Too bad HR always side with the Managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great changes have been taking place"

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

    I have been working at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    Really focused on improving the employee experience.

    Cons

    Change takes time and effort.