Why you should consider working at a credit union
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If you’re interested in working for an employer who respects you, your family life, and your community, credit unions are a great place to work. Working at a credit union is fun, fulfilling and best of all, we make a difference in our members’ lives.
One way we do that is by giving back to the communities we’re in: Spokane, Spokane Valley, the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee Valley and north Idaho.
So, let’s get to it! Here’s the nitty gritty of working for a credit union.
Should I work for a credit union?
We’re biased, but of course we say, “Yes!” A credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization with the goal to provide members with lower fees, lower rates on loans and higher interest on deposit accounts.
You are both an employee and a member of a credit union when you work for Numerica Credit Union. This means we care about your well-being just as we do our membership, and you get all the benefits of a credit union member and an employee.
“The vibe that you get from going into one of our branches or talking to our employees at a community event, it’s not like that’s just what we show to the outside world. You’re going to get that same vibe when you go to work every day at Numerica,” said Cindy Leaver, Numerica’s Chief Financial Officer.
Numerica employees are empowered to make decisions, and there are many opportunities for advancement and development. They support employees’ individual career paths, offering the support necessary to help them advance within the organization.
“The fact that my voice is actually being heard, and things are happening because of it, really does set this company apart from all other companies I’ve worked for,” said Sidney Lorentz, Information Technology Specialist.
How are Numerica and other Spokane credit unions active in the community?
Spokane credit unions give back to the communities they are in by supporting local charities, non-profits and community events. They even team up together in support of local nonprofits such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and pitch in to adopt a Spokane family at Christmas each year.
Numerica, alone, supports organizations such as Second Harvest, Blessings Under the Bridge, Volunteers of America, Wishing Star, Bruce Housing, Kootenai Health Foundation and many other wonderful organizations.
For many credit unions, giving back means more than just writing a check. At Numerica, they believe in getting out and lending a hand too. To show their support of employees who want to do more to help their community,
Numerica employees are given eight hours of paid volunteer time each year and have a donation matching program. There is never a lack of volunteer opportunities through sponsorships and non-profit partners. In 2017, Numerica donated 15,600 volunteer hours.
Teaching the next generation
Credit unions also foster financial education by helping teach students and other members of the community how to budget, manage finances, and live well. Numerica’s Financial Education curriculum is taught at schools and organizations throughout eastern Washington and north Idaho.
Employees are encouraged to volunteer their time with the Financial Education team helping our youth become financially responsible.
What kind of jobs are available at credit unions?
Many visitors and student tours are surprised by the variety of positions available at credit unions, from entry-level service representative positions to leadership managerial roles.
There are many departments that offer employment opportunities such as Human Resources, Culture and Training, IT, Finance, Member Service and Marketing/Communications. Jobs are available in all of the areas we serve including Spokane, Spokane Valley, Tri-Cities, and the Wenatchee Valley.
Current openings at Numerica include: Network and Systems Administrator, Business Banking Relationship Officer, Financial Advisor and Cash Management Representatives.
Openings are constantly being posted as opportunities present themselves, so bookmark the Numerica Careers page and check back frequently.
What are the benefits of working at Numerica Credit Union?
Again, we know we are biased, but there are so many benefits to working at Numerica! Some of the benefits and perks (yep, they are two different things) at Numerica are:
- Tuition reimbursement
- Internal development opportunities
- Family day (paid day off plus $50)
- Wellness programs
- Employee referral program ($300 if you refer an awesome person)
- Personal time off
- 401K plan including employer match
- Employer-paid medical and dental benefits
- Maternity and paternity leave
When asked why he has spent 17 years working for Numerica, Phil Betker, Junior Home Loan Officer, said, “Two reasons: they take care of their employees, and they take care of their members.”
What kind of people does Numerica look for to fill positions?
Numerica first and foremost, looks for a good cultural fit. If you’re fun, open to change, transparent and work well on a team, then you should fit in nicely. Someone who wants to learn, grow, and has a passion for giving back to the community would feel right at home at Numerica.
Numerica’s Experience video gives you a short peak of current employees and the Numerica culture.
What type of training and development is offered to those who work for Numerica?
New employees at Numerica go through a three-week welcome and onboarding program that sets them up with all the tools necessary for a successful start.
Numerica’s in-house training department offers leadership classes, personal development classes, technical classes, and financial education classes so that you have plenty of opportunity to continue growing and developing throughout your career.
What is the application process at Numerica?
Numerica tries to make managing finances as easy as possible for their members, and they believe in giving their employees the same treatment. Applying for employment is easy with an online application. Here’s what to expect:
- Numerica looks at your experiences based on the needs of the position
- If you meet the requirements, you’ll be personally contacted within two-three weeks to schedule an interview
- Human Resources conducts the first interview
- Credit and criminal background checks are completed
- If applicable, a teller test is administered
- The hiring manager conducts a second round of interviews
- Your application will remain in an active file for 60 days
“I was such a nervous wreck for my interview that I just kept babbling. The interview team was awesome and did not mind my awkwardness one bit. They made me feel welcome.” – Allyson Shoshana, MarCom Digital Coordinator.
Now you know why working at a credit union is awesome. And, you know how to find jobs and apply at Numerica. Most credit unions are a great place to work, because they are interested in making your life better. Doing so makes our members lives better. We hope to hear from you soon!