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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President & CEO John C. Williams
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Pros
  • Work / life balance is valued highly; most people don't have to work that hard (in 35 reviews)

  • Very great benefits and low-stress environment (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management prefers "technicians" rather than staff with strong "people skills (in 5 reviews)

  • All new ideas should go though a lot of approvals (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company for balanced lifestyle"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Very reasonable hours. The education benefits are incredible (15k+ a year). I am concurrently doing a master's in a technical field while working full-time. My bosses have always been respectful for these demands and encourage me to take time off when necessary.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are rare unless you are in BS&R or Statistics.


  2. "Love it here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 a year)

    Pros

    Jobs are challenging and you get the opportunity to impact the nation! People are really great and direct management is supportive. While this is a legacy organization, they are very innovative. There is a strong focus on work life balance and continuing education/professional development.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes a bit of time to get things implemented. Given the focus of the Fed, there are many rules and regulations, which are needed!, just be prepared that this is the environment.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent and engaged colleagues, responsive management.

    Cons

    Too much slack, some processes are done very inefficiently.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It was a wonderful, professional experience. It was the highlight of 20 years banking experience."

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    Former Employee - Technical Check Adjustment Specialist II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Check Adjustment Specialist II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People, Good Environment, Opportunity to be creative and innovative, while conforming in a conservative banking environment. Above average compensation for individual efforts.

    Cons

    Consolidation and lay offs and remote management accessibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be impeccable with your word, keep striving to promote professionalism, stay involved in the reality of awareness concerning an employee's performance and continually stress appropriate business ethics.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager for large scale enterprise wide ITT solutions for business"

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    Former Employee - ITT Project Manager/Director
    Former Employee - ITT Project Manager/Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, culture serious but rewarding, good opportunities for advancement and learning challenges to advance one's skills.

    Cons

    It is regulated by the Federal Reserve System and Board of Governors -- so more conservative and risk averse than high tech private companies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources was great in facilitating coming on to the company."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR was very efficient in keeping me updated with the interview and hiring process.
    In addition, the background check and completion of paperwork online.
    I am really excited about starting with the company.

    Cons

    No problems as of yet.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Relaxed."

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    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed. Cafe/food on the 4th floor. Very good benefits. Stable.

    Cons

    Very office-ish. Segregated. Private spaces.

    Advice to Management

    Make the environment more collaborative instead of pure cubicles that separate everyone.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverse staff, many opportunities for advancement, excellent commute location, good salaries and stable employment environment. The work is extremely important to the health of the global economy. You really get a sense that you are making a contribution to the betterment of society.

    Cons

    It can take some time for the organization to evolve, but be patient and good things will happen. Some people say that management is slow to accept change. It is a very conservative company, but that is getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Business Application Project Management"

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for with good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics views can sometime undermine person views.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your staff.


  10. "Public Information Dept"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional, intelligent, respectful group. Enjoyed working there

    Cons

    None really, but best to have an economics-type degree to advance

    Advice to Management

    Get ideas from employees and don't be afraid to let them contribute their expertise


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