By: Deidre Hicks
In October 2018, our President/CEO, Brian Wolfburg, announced VyStar Credit Union’s initiative to become the best place to work in not only Jacksonville, but in Florida. The announcement came alongside the great news about our new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters—the VyStar Tower in Downtown Jacksonville—and our new and improved employee benefit offerings.
Now, we’re excited to announce that we have made great strides in our “Best Place to Work” initiative: VyStar has been selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal (JBJ) as one of the “Best Places to Work in Northeast Florida”! This is an especially great honor for VyStar, as this is the first time we’ve received this prestigious award.
Each year, the JBJ searches for and recognizes companies in the Northeast Florida area with excellent morale, engagement and retention. Once a company is nominated, the awards are based on responses by employees to an online survey and are categorized by company size.
After reviewing all our employees’ responses, the JBJ determined that VyStar is one of the best extra-large-sized companies (500+ employees) to work for in Jacksonville for 2019. We are proud to have been recognized by the JBJ as well as our employees, whom we greatly value. Their responses to this survey show that we’re headed in the right direction with our “Best Place to Work” initiative!
1. We offer highly competitive benefits and compensation.
Our employees feel valued because VyStar understands the importance of providing a fair wage and a quality work-life balance. VyStar’s minimum wage is a competitive $15 per hour, and we also offer the following:
2. We put our members first.
“We never forget that it’s your money.” It’s not just our tagline; it’s how we do business. At VyStar, we know how important our members’ money and time are. So, we strive to go beyond the call of duty to help our members achieve their goals and conduct their financial business—quickly and conveniently. Our employees can rest assured knowing they work for a company that genuinely has its members’ best interests in mind—and that works together as a team to make our members happy.
3. We believe in better.
Whether we’re expanding our nationwide ATM network, saving our members money by reducing or eliminating fees, making sure our Call Center is available to help our members when they need it, or improving our employees’ work-life balance by introducing new benefit offerings, we’re always looking for new ways to improve both our members’ and employees’ VyStar experience.
4. We provide opportunities for professional growth.
Want to move up in the ranks? Looking to expand your knowledge by taking educational or training courses? We provide our employees with the resources they need to maximize their talents and meet their career goals, including tuition assistance.
5. We love recognizing our employees’ accomplishments.
If you’re doing great things with your career at VyStar, expect to be noticed! Each quarter, we recognize one employee from every department for their outstanding contributions—and offer them bonuses too!
6. We focus on wellness.
Our Wellness Committee hosts fun company-wide wellness activities—with exciting incentives—to help our employees get and stay healthy. For example, our recent Walk @ Work Challenge offered cash prizes to those employees who logged the most steps during a certain timeframe. VyStar also offers a discounted fitness membership program in partnership with the First Coast YMCA, and offers a stipend toward fitness memberships at other facilities.
7. We love to have fun.
Whether we’re teaming up as a company to participate in the YMCA’s First Coast Games or run in the VyStar New Year’s Eve Run 5K, or enjoying team-building activities within our individual departments, our employees always find a way to come together and have fun.
8. We live by the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”
As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, we exist to follow the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” and not only provide the affordable financial products and services that will help our members achieve their goals, but also serve as active community partners. We proudly serve our communities by holding fundraisers, making donations and giving time each year to benefit hundreds of worthy programs, such as the March of Dimes, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the United Way of Northeast Florida and much more. In 2019, VyStar was also voted as one of Jacksonville Magazine’s “Companies With Heart” for our support of nonprofits and the Northeast Florida community.
9. We’re committed to our youth.
VyStar’s High School Credit Union Branch Program allows students at 14 high schools (and counting) to experience the inner workings of key financial services, like checking, savings, credit cards, budgets and more. They also serve as peer mentors, sharing the important lessons they learn with their fellow students. We know how vital it is to keep our children top of mind when following our “People Helping People” motto. Because by providing financial education to our youth today, we can help them avoid financial hardship in the future.
10. We have a proud past ... and a great reputation today.
In 1952, VyStar (formerly Jax Navy Federal) was founded with 12 members and $60 to serve civil service members, military employees and their families at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax). Those humble beginnings have served us well: We are now the 16th largest credit union in the nation, and we are ranked as the 14th largest employer in Northeast Florida by the JBJ. If you mention VyStar in conversation, it’s not uncommon to hear someone reply, “I love VyStar!” What could be more rewarding than working for a company that’s so highly regarded by the communities it serves?
VyStar values our employees and appreciates all they do for our members—and we’ll continue seeking new ways to make VyStar the place to be for employees and members alike. If you’re interested in joining our team, we welcome you to browse through our current job openings. We hope you’ll join us!
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