The culture use to be good, now it's no different than any other Corporate Bank in America. They have no competitive advantage anymore and I wouldn't recommend working there if you want a career.
Support from management
Leadership is ok. They are supposed to have a small town feel but they've become Corporate America Banking.
Major division between stand-alone and in-store branches. Upper management sugar-coates things and does not back their employees.
Freedom to work independently
Workload is a joke. Some bust their tales while others do absolutely nothing and upper management doesn't hire to assist those in need.
Communication is ok. As a member of the management staff, the meetings were pointless and boring. Yes numbers were discussed, but no one cares or gave interest in them and Sr. Management constantly cried JD Powers awards, which the company has constantly been on a downward slope.
Women do have the same opportunities, but being educated gives you no advantage over anyone! I would think a company wants to keep talented, educated employees, but not Arvest.
Attitude towards older colleagues
One of the main reasons I left is because it doesn't matter how long you've worked there or how educated you are; it doesn't merit pay increases or other job opportunities. They'll hire externally to fill a position before allowing a tenured associate the opportunity to advance.
You can be trained all day long, but good luck moving up that corporate ladder or trying to move from say, Sales to Loans. A pay cut will come if you are past an entry level position and if you get an interview, good luck getting a call back. Usually they hire outside, yet the promote they hire internal. Career development is a joke.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay is absolutely bottom of the totem pole. Worst paying bank in this region. As an Assistant Manager for 4 years and still never made over 34k, that's a slap in the face to a tenured, educated employee. Competitive banks pay the same position about $10k more than Arvest.
Office / Work Environment
I will say most branches were nice. New releases for software were never released on time, some even years later.
The hours completely suck! You can count on one hand how many people would come in after 6 most nights. Complete waste of time sitting there. Most of the time vacations can be taken when you want, unless it's a holiday. So spending time with the family during holidays is almost certainly a no.
We will just call it a wolf in sheep's clothing. They look attractive, but when you get inside and find out how the company is, you just want to find something better.
There were a few layoffs during my tenure. "Company reorganization" they called it, but laid off entire departments. Other than that, you can take a position and end up staying in that same position for as long as you want.
Yes, where they are needed.
Most of the time, it was ok work. Nothing too exciting and certainly not beneficial.
Inclusive / Diverse
If they are diverse, I certainly never saw it or was a part of it.
What I like about the company
The free gift cards?? Nothing, which is why I left!
What I dislike about the company
Pay is absolute crap, management doesn't care about employees, job is a joke.