Two Oregon Credit Unions Voted Best Places to Work by Surveyed Employees
Oregon Business Magazine surveyed employees on work environment, management, communications, and other factors.
Oregon Business Magazine has published its list of 2019 top 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon, with Rogue Credit Union and Oregon Community Credit Union scoring high marks from employees. Rogue was ranked ninth and Oregon Community was ranked 15th among large businesses with 100 employees or more.
Thanks to their dedication to service and member-owned structure, credit unions remain a popular choice among job seekers. Credit union professionals report rewarding and fulfilling careers, and recent data highlights their popularity throughout the region. A report by ECONorthwest found that credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington provided more than 18,700 jobs with compensation closing in on $1.4 billion in 2018.
The top companies were selected based on responses from employee-based surveys. The list recognized companies for excellence in work environment, management, communications, decision-making and trust, career development, learning, benefits, and compensation.
Oregon Community President and CEO Ron Neumann described the company’s employee-centric work culture that has become central to the credit union’s organizational planning.
“We’re committed to providing a challenging, open, and engaging work environment because we understand that when we make a difference in the lives of our employees, we can make an even greater difference in the communities we serve,” said Neumann. “We could not be the organization we are today without our employees’ unwavering dedication to our members. In fact, this commitment has led us to include both employee and member experience as critical elements of our strategic plan.”
At Rogue, President and CEO Gene Pelham echoed that sentiment and described how the credit union makes employee satisfaction a priority.
“Our board of directors and leadership team truly believes that one of the best ways we can ensure the best service for our members is by taking care of our staff,” said Pelham. “We are in constant pursuit and development of a culture that fosters strong staff engagement and satisfaction. We work to ensure that our team has the resources and tools they need to be empowered and succeed in their roles at the credit union.”
Oregon Community offers employees competitive wages, generous benefits, training, and career development opportunities with the belief that time spent at work needs to be caring, engaging, and supportive. Through the credit union’s Community Outreach for Employees program, employees are paid to volunteer with local nonprofit organizations; employees spent more than 1,800 hours in the community in 2018.
Rogue Credit Union strives to create an environment that instills employee pride with many unique benefits including an internal management training program, interest–free computer and professional attire loans, education reimbursement, and an annual rebate for interest paid on loans.