Slideshow 10 Cool Perks from American Banker's 2013 Best Banks to Work For

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  • October 27 2013, 11:00pm EDT
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These companies, featured on American Banker's Best Banks to Work For list, go beyond salaries and health benefits to make their employees feel valued at the office.

Related: Special Report: The Best Banks to Work For

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Bell State Bank & Trust each year gives $1,000 to full-time employees and $500 to part-timers, along with a request: Pass the money to a person, family or organization in need. Since the "Pay It Forward" program began in 2007, employees have donated more than $3 million.

Pictured: Bell State Bank & Trust employees "Bowl for Kids' Sake" in an annual fund-raising event.

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At First Citizens National Bank, many employees get at least six weeks of vacation, depending on seniority. Additional vacation days are awarded to staff members who donate an hour's pay per month to the local United Way.

Pictured: Officers and directors of First Citizens


The Muncy Bank and Trust Company offers a series of sessions on professionalism, providing employees with expert tips on clothing, hair and makeup.

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Through Old Point National Bank's Career Apparel program, tellers receive a monetary allowance and time off twice a year to shop for work attire.

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City Bank encourages employees to exercise on the clock for 30 minutes each work day. Staffers might hop onto treadmills stationed in the bank's branches, or follow walking paths marked out at the bank's headquarters office.

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The "Stepping Up to Supervisor" program at Mascoma Savings Bank in Lebanon, N.H., helps prepare employees who are new to leadership roles. It focuses on principles of supervision, leaders as coaches, essentials of communication, and the leader's role as a motivator.

Central Bank in Lexington, Ky., offers an "appointment time" benefit, providing eight hours of paid time off for employees to schedule all kinds of daytime appointments, ranging from oil changes to parent-teacher conferences.

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Another cool perk at Central Bank in Lexington, Ky.: The bank's human resources director offers career counseling-conducting mock interviews and assisting with resume formatting-to employees applying for internal promotions.

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Centier Bank opened an on-site health clinic at its headquarters in Merrillville, Ind. The bank foots the bill for any services received there not only for employees but any dependents covered under its insurance plans.

Pictured: Centier Bank cuts the ribbon on its on-site health clinic


First Green Bank has a loaner car available for employees to use at no charge and with no mileage restrictions.