Great Southern Bancorp

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Updated 7 April 2015
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  1. Great Corporate Atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teller
    Current Employee - Teller

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with scheduling for college students, seek to promote within, and have competitive wages. The better you do for referral's and sales the more money you will earn. Tuition assistance is also available.

    Cons

    Despite the various demographic areas they are located in, they do not take that into consideration when grading employees on referrals. It's not impossible to sell a referral, but it is less likely is some areas than it is for others.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the amount cross training that employees undergo and apply that to their % based raise. Though raises are also tied to performance, some deserve more of a raise then earned. The company has competitive wages between each other, but not against other banks. You need more room for movement in the metropolitan areas aside from Springfield, MO.

  2. Bank teller

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Springfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Springfield, MO (US)

    I worked at Great Southern Bancorp part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Usually good people to work with, it is an easy job, there is often opportunity to meet cool people because it attracts the college age dynamic

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, high turn over, management is unprofessional and gossipy. They do not work well with schedules or families and often pick favorites. Management will often bend rules for certain customers and create huge issues.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect. Understand that all other banks in town pay at least $2 an hour more with true bankers hours and with a good working relationship with the employees it could be worth it

  3. Flexible, progressive and growth opportunities are abound at this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Banker in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Banker in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managements ability to enact change

    Cons

    Light staffing sometimes can be a detriment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback and be open to change

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  5. No room for growth, no rewards for hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Joplin, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Joplin, MO (US)

    I worked at Great Southern Bancorp part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The customer service is great because the company pushes their associates to go above and beyond for the consumer.

    Cons

    Pay is a major factor. Full time is a thing of the past if you desire to hold a teller position outside of springfield. Team work is at an all time low because none of the associates were motivated at this particular banking center. No set schedule for associates to take a lunch, running risks of not having enough tellers for each customer in the afternoons.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the associates fairly. Pay your associates on par with other local banks in the area. Don't dangle the full time carrot over their head to lead them on when the banking center isn't capable of hiring for a full time position because it's unethical. Promote Team member morale and reward those who put in hard work and dedication to their careers- not just for referrals and meeting their monthly quotas, but for attending to the transactions of the consumer and for building that relationship with them. Tellers are the faces of the company in the eyes of the consumer. Make sure to schedule the lunches for your full time tellers. When it's not supervised, they all leave at the same time leaving the lobby and drive through short handed- it makes the company look bad to th consumer.

  6. Helpful (1)

    There's no future here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The workers and most of the offficers are nice, dedicated and intelligent.

    Cons

    Executive management is completely out of touch with reality and common sense.

    Advice to Management

    It's not a game. Most of the staff actually want to make the organization successful.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent management, room to grow, and fun environment makes for a solid place to work. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit lower than equivalent positions. Other than that, there isn't much else to complain about.

  8. It's a decently place to work for, but can be a little frustrating at times because of management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and pay is really good. They go out of their way to make sure you are compensated. They are very flexible and understanding.

    Cons

    The work can be very stressful around audit time. The projects can be very vague and it can be frustrating trying to cater to management.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear with the projects that you hand out. Realize that your workers need adequate training in order to feel like they know what they are doing at their job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    LIttle to no communication from management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Springfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Springfield, MO (US)

    I worked at Great Southern Bancorp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Southern offers decent employee benefits. The insurance is expensive to the employee, but is good coverage. Also have good plan for stock purchase.

    Cons

    There is little to no communication between upper management and employees. Too many people know just steps to complete tasks in their job, but they have no understanding of why they do what they do. The training is terrible. There is no flexibility. Management will tell you there is opportunity to move up or move around the bank, but if you do try to move, they will stop you.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to communicate more with employees. Management also needs to provide the opportunity for their employees to better themselves within the company. You're employees are your strongest asset!

  10. Generally a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ops Center Employee in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Ops Center Employee in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good. Most of the people are professional yet friendly. The company is growing by making wise business decisions as it acquires other banks. We just acquired a series of banks in Iowa and Illinois. GSB is growing!

    Cons

    It appears that executive management has created a level of associate vice presidents (AVPs) to play hard ball against the lower level employees. The AVPs are often rude and disrespectful toward their subordinates. This may be by design or because the AVPs are over-worked. I'll allow for that. Either way, it makes for a very poor work environment and poor decision-making by management. There's very little room to move upward too.

    Advice to Management

    Have the AVPs treat their employees with respect and if needed, give the AVPs a break by creating another level under them for upward mobility and decision-making.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great Experience, Clueless Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teller in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Teller in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Great Southern Bancorp full-time (more than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good base pay, great supervisor & coworkers, awesome schedule, looks nice on a resume

    Cons

    Clueless management doesn't understand the cultural differences between states & has flip-flopping rules and procedures (extremely tedious!!)

    Advice to Management

    Make corporate up of people NOT JUST FROM MISSOURI. And for goodness sake hire an efficiency expert.., you'd save tons of time, money, and complaints.

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