Arvest - An employer that really cares about its people.
Bank Teller/Senior Teller (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – May 17, 2017
When I came to Arvest from a different company, my #1 complaint was how the company treated its workers. Arvest has been nothing but a joy to work for. I have nothing but good things to say about the management on every level of this company. It keeps in contact with its employees, and depending on your branch can be a truly incredible place to work.
Profit sharing, multiple choices for healthcare plan, lots of programs to promote and compensate for employee wellness.
Group HR Assistant (Former Employee) – Lowell, AR – May 17, 2017
Great culture, but pay isn't so great. Needs more training for specific job roles so that you have a clear understanding of what is expected. Most of the times you are doing more than what your job description calls for.
Bloated with no real direction; Old way of doing things; No future proof business model
Network Systems Engineer (Former Employee) – Lowell, AR – May 12, 2017
Arvest is a large banking corporation based in NW Arkansas that has a strong reputation and presence with the customers in its service areas. Unfortunately, Arvest pays very low and does not participate in salary surveys. There are no performance based raises, health care costs are 25% of anything you need and there is a weak work-life balance culture. PTO is fairly generous, but at times can be discouraged by management if you need time off. The biggest issue with Arvest's IT department is there is no direction to move up and there are over 150 job descriptions in a company that is 600+ employees.
Strong reputation, close knit departments
Very low pay, no performance based raises, no clear direction on where the company is going, no path to advance in most departments
Arvest Operations - Underwriting Manager CPU (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – May 11, 2017
no one knows what direction to go in HR seems to run things and most people are scared of them not very comfortable work environment. there is a lot of work and you are expected to do more then you're required to do
Financial Sales Representative (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City region – May 2, 2017
Management changes constantly. They continue to hire outside managers and bypass promoting from within. The pay is extremely low and they are trying to change to a sales culture without offering the incentive of a sales culture. They expect the world of their employees without compensating them or recognizing them in any real way.
Cross-trained Teller, CIP Specialist 1 (Current Employee) – Van Buren, AR – May 2, 2017
Arvest bank is a great environment to work in and also requires constant learning. The typical day consists of opening the branch, opening the vault, completing opening duties, and get ready to open the branch. During the day we take deposits, withdrawals, and payments form personal and business customers. We also would help customers find solutions to questions concerning their account. I learned so much about dealing with customer, and how to try and fill their need while still staying within the given guidelines. I have had four different managers in my current position, and I have nothing negative to say about any of them.
ACCOUNT MANAGER (Current Employee) – Arkansas – April 21, 2017
The back office for Arvest Bank has a solid work environment and work place, but can get really tedious really fast. Not only that, but you have to stay chained to the cubical but management will get upset if you get up for too long or away from the cubical to do customer work. Very strict on the numbers when it comes to selling different accounts and compliance with when you should take your breaks and lunch. Good pay and great benefits. Found management to say one thing though and do another which isn't ever a good sign but when you closed an account, they would recognize you.
Vice President, Arvest Bank (Former Employee) – Siloam Springs, AR – April 6, 2017
This bank group has become too big to be concerned about a little thing like customer service and/or employee appreciation. They want to be the big dog on the porch and be bragged on and noticed for what used to be considered routine service. Customer service at this bank has been long-gone for over 10 years. Egos, bad attitudes and climbing the corporate ladder by playing the office politics and political maneuvering game define this group of Arvest Banks. Take my word for it....you don't want to work for these people. They won't care about you at all.
Loan managers, downsizing employees, advancement and salary.
Assistant Branch Manager (Former Employee) – Edmond, OK – March 10, 2017
I enjoyed working at Arvest. I loved everyone that I worked with and it was very easy to move up within the company. I went from a part time teller to an assistant branch manager within a year of working there. The customers are great and the company really focuses on customer service.
Financial Sales Representative (Current Employee) – Joplin, MO – March 7, 2017
I have worked for Arvest Bank for the past year and a half, and I never want to leave.
From learning important technical skills required to be successful in the banking industry, to training centered around self awareness and personal development, you can really tell that Arvest values their employees and wants them to succeed.
Everything about Arvest screams a culture of family, team work, and mutual respect. Only the best of the best get hired here, and the bad weeds are weeded out quickly. There is virtually no drama, and if you don't have the personality, you won't cut it.
The hardest part of the job, for me, is leaving. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with customers, building relationships with coworkers, and being given the chance to excel.
The benefits are amazing. Management is down to earth and friendly, and truly believes in the open door policy. Most people are hired at entry level, and then promoted from within. All training and skills necessary to be successful are provided free of charge to the employee.
I highly recommend this employer to anyone looking for a career or background in the finance and banking industry.
Great Place to work IF your Branch Manager likes you
Teller (Former Employee) – Centerton, AR – March 2, 2017
If a manager doesn't fully like you, or likes you too much, you cannot go anywhere within the company. Without their approval- you're stuck. However, the work environment and culture of the company is fantastic! They train you heavily, and give you every opportunity to learn more and grow as a team, and individually. Arvest pays you WAY less than most banks pay their tellers.