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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President & CEO John C. Williams
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Pros
  • "There are lots of perks, and work life balance is fairly good" (in 39 reviews)

  • "Federal Reserve Bank offers great benefits" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Advancement opportunities are rare unless you are in BS&R or Statistics" (in 3 reviews)

  • "There is very few opportunities for an intern to be converted into a full-time worker so it may not be worth your time to intern here if" (in 3 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Great place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    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 people and benefits are what keep most of us coming back. It's a great place to work. There's balance, challenge, and fun.

    Cons

    It's still very bueaucractic. If getting things done quickly is what you want, it's probably not the place for you. Also, titles don't align with other organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Look to align your titles with those of other organizations. The pay is fair, but your titles suggest lesser roles


  4. "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and the culture is shifting

    Cons

    Not for me (Entrepreneurial mindset)


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Economist
    Current Employee - Economist
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission and smart people

    Cons

    Expensive cost of living in SF


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, not a progressive place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Fed is a unique place to work with interesting challenges. Many folks here have a long history at the Fed, many approaching 40 years or more. Employees are well treated and respected. There are lots of perks, and work life balance is fairly good. Salary is competitive and it is still an institution of prestige.

    Cons

    Technically it's a non-profit, but it's quasi-government. That means horrible practices, many of which are unique to them. Slow adoption to innovation and extremely risk-aversive, which I don't think its their fault because you are talking about the faith of the US dollar and ultimately the global economy if there is a major incident.

    Advice to Management

    Undertand the unique beast that is the Fed and plan long term strategies to work within those constraints.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work helping America's economy!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, reputation, benefits, management, and co-workers

    Cons

    Offices are located in costly cities

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was great working with a team

    Cons

    At times with all the deadlines it was stressful


  9. "Terrible place to work"

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

    Pros

    Everything about this experience was horrible.

    Cons

    Awful, awful, awful place to work.


  10. "Okay place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Very bright, diverse mix of people.

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat disappointing and raises can be difficult to come by


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