American Banker has once again named First Bank & Trust one of the “Best Banks to Work For” in their 2019 program. First Bank & Trust claims a top spot for South Dakota and Minnesota and a top-25 spot in the nation.
The program was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation. It is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 85 banks achieved “Best Bank” status in this seventh year of the program, with First Bank & Trust in the top 25.
“At Fishback Financial Corporation, we hire good people, we make our expectations clear, and then we get out of the way. This has led to a spirit of empowerment around the organization, and has fed into our culture as an employee-owned company with our employee stock ownership plan," says Dave Waligoske, President and CEO of Fishback Financial Corporation (bank holding company).
The evaluation process involved both employer-submitted information and employee-answered surveys. The first step reviewed the bank’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second step surveyed employees to assess their experiences and attitudes with respect to their workplace.
The full list of “Best Banks to Work For” will be featured in the next issue of American Banker Magazine and can also be found online.