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Bank of the Ozarks Reviews

Updated 27 September, 2017
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Bank of the Ozarks Chairman and CEO George G. Gleason
George G. Gleason
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  • Upper management is blind to how employees are being treated by their supervisors (in 7 reviews)

  • Very similar to high school with gossiping and whispering about coworkers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A Good Bank on the verge of being a Great Bank."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Managers and Staff are given a high degree of autonomy to sink or swim with their programs.
    Resources are being deployed, and new Programs are being built across the Bank to improve in areas that need it.
    Great work life balance.
    A focus on performance rather than talk - so the dead weight doesn't stay too long.

    Cons

    Not a lot of feed back in the form of detailed Performance Reviews, mostly informal - so you don't know exactly how secure your job is.
    Short Term Incentives (Cash Bonus) are not given for the work already done.
    Long Term Incentives (Stock Options) for the work already done have a 3 Year vesting period.
    Certain people are in roles that they aren't really qualified or suited for.

    Advice to Management

    Align your compensation plans with peer institutions.
    Steer clear of creating too much internal red tape.


  2. "Bank of the Ozarks is a rapidly growing company that rewards hard work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Banking in Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Community Banking in Little Rock, AR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Bank of the Ozarks fosters a positive working environment, competitive benefits, opportunity for advancement, an executive management team that cares about employees, future growth plans

    Cons

    The bank has expanded rapidly over the last 5 years. This combined with the strenuous regulatory environment associated with being a > $10B bank can result in resources being stretched thinly which can be challenging to achieve project timelines

    Advice to Management

    Continue to enhance employee communication throughout the organization


  3. "Look at what's really going on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay and good 401K benefits. No sales goals but could happen in the future. Good hours.

    Cons

    Upper management is blind to how employees are being treated by their supervisors. Company is so scared of being sued they sweep a lot of things under the rug and won't listen to employees concerns. When HR does hear of something they don't protect the person telling them.
    They expect everyone to go above and beyond which in itself is ok but they give nothing back in return.

    Advice to Management

    Allow growth in other places besides Little Rock, a lot of jobs can be done at remote locations. We've lost some great people because they didn't want to relocate.
    Think about bonuses once in a while- you'd think being the #1 bank multiple years with record earnings you'd be willing to give move to your employees. Motivate them instead of making them feel like nothing.
    keep your confidential hotline confidential.


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  5. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Ozark, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Operations in Ozark, AR (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people that work there are kind.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Pay is decent if you are a favorite to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and act like your employees matter.


  6. "Worst job and bank ever"

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    Former Employee - Compliance
    Former Employee - Compliance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay check arrived on time otherwise not a lot of pulses.

    Cons

    Unqualified management for a large bank. Small bank history and mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Get new experienced employees.


  7. "Needs Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time

    Pros

    Very good people in the branches and supporting areas.
    Work/life balance is achievable

    Cons

    Lack of diversity
    No communications
    Weak senior management who don't know how to run a larger bank.
    Pay and benefits less than competition ( except for top few senior managers, who are overpaid)
    One move away from shutting down ( Mr. Gleason retiring/resigning) as there is no replacement.
    Too commercial real estate dependent.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the truth regularly.
    Hire senior mgt. who can run a larger bank.
    Listen to your people in the field.
    Invest/develop your people. HR is weak. IT is weak.


  8. "Don't be fooled!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in the ranks.
    Good work/life balance is possible

    Cons

    Weak senior management.
    Poor communications throughout the organization.
    Below market comp and benefits. No incentive pay.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.
    Hire senior managers who have big bank experience. Weakness obvious to everyone except Mr. Gleason.
    Communicate.


  9. "Tampa Bay employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good working hours. No weekends required.

    Cons

    If you don't belong to the in crowd, clique, you will be treated unfairly and poorly.


  10. "Great opportunity and great staff."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Asset Recovery Collections in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Asset Recovery Collections in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, environment, and clientele is solid. Definitely recommend for those looking to take next step from entry-level.

    Cons

    No cons! Great place of opportunity and great mentors on hand.


  11. "Would not recommend"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the Ozarks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some employees work very hard and others get away with too much.

    Cons

    Management have favorites and it is very obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who actually make things happen and do the work.


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