How we pick the Best Banks to Work For

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This is American Banker's fourth annual ranking of the Best Banks to Work For. You can see the 2015 ranking here, the 2014 ranking here and the 2013 ranking here.

The analysis is performed with the Best Companies Group, which conducts extensive employee surveys and reviews employer reports on benefits and policies.

Companies must opt in to be considered; there is no fee to participate. To be eligible, applicants must be commercial or retail banks, or the commercial or retail banking units of diversified financial services companies. They also must have at least 50 employees working in the United States.

The employer questionnaire captures information about workplace policies and practices. The employee survey, typically conducted online, consists of approximately 80 statements that employees respond to on a 5-point agreement scale. The survey also includes open-ended questions and demographic questions.

For companies with fewer than 200 employees, all employees are surveyed. At larger companies, Best Companies Group randomly selects between 250 and 400 employees to participate, depending on the company's size. In both cases, the targeted response rate is 65 percent or more, although companies with lower response rates may still be considered.

Both data sets are analyzed to determine the ranking. Some applicants may not rate high enough to qualify for the ranking. An Employee Feedback Report is available for purchase by participating banks.

For information on applying to next year's ranking of American Banker's Best Banks to Work For, please visit

  1. Live Oak Bank
  2. HomeBanc
  3. Bell Bank
  4. FirstCapital Bank of Texas
  5. Benchmark Bank
  6. Pinnacle Financial Partners
  7. Veritex Community Bank
  8. Machias Savings Bank
  9. Paragon Bank
  10. FNBC Bank
  11. First Citizens National Bank
  12. Amarillo National Bank
  13. Metropolitan Bank
  14. Independence Bank
  15. Guaranty Bank & Trust
  16. Capital City Bank
  17. First Bank & Trust
  18. Apollo Bank
  19. United Community Bank of West Kentucky
  20. Peoples Bank
  21. Chesapeake Bank
  22. Choice Financial
  23. Prime Meridian Bank
  24. Kentucky Farmers Bank
  25. 1st National Bank
  26. 1st Summit Bank
  27. First Bank Financial Centre
  28. Southern Heritage Bank
  29. Origin Bank
  30. Central Bank & Trust Co.
  31. First Internet Bank
  32. Civista Bank
  33. City Bank
  34. Evergreen Bank Group
  35. First Horizon National Corp.
  36. Community Bank
  37. The Bankers Bank
  38. BankPlus
  39. HomeTown Bank
  40. Centier Bank
  41. First Green Bank
  42. Allegiance Bank
  43. City National Bank
  44. First Busey Corp.
  45. First National Bank of Middle Tennessee
  46. Old Point National Bank
  47. Happy State Bank
  48. Washington Trust Bank
  49. Norway Savings Bank
  50. Old National Bank
  51. River Valley Bank
  52. Charter Bank
  53. Level One Bank
  54. First United Bank
  55. The Muncy Bank and Trust Co.
  56. Bank First National
  57. Zions Bank
  58. Citizens Bank of West Virginia
  59. American Savings Bank
  60. First PREMIER Bank
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