Press Release

BOK Financial Recognized by Employees for Workplace Excellence

Company Release - 12/5/2018 7:00 AM ET

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BOK Financial, one of the nation’s largest regional financial services companies, recently received recognition from Forbes and as a great place to work. Input from BOK Financial employees was used to determine each recognition.

Forbes named BOK Financial to its Global 2000: World’s Best Employers list for 2018, and Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job sites, honored BOK Financial with the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award in recognition for being one of the best places to work in 2019.

These awards reflect BOK Financial’s culture of collaborative excellence.

“Without a doubt, it’s our employees that make us different from other financial institutions, no matter the city or state where we do business,” said Kelley Weil, executive vice president and chief human resource officer for BOK Financial. “We’re humbled by this recognition yet excited for others to get a glimpse of our culture, which is heavily influenced by attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry. We know that it’s our employees that enable outstanding client service and make a difference every day in the communities where they live and work.”

BOK Financial ranked in the top 10 percent of workplaces worldwide from the Forbes 2000 list. Approximately one hundred BOK Financial employees were surveyed as part of Forbes’ recognition process. Participants were asked 20 questions, including “Would you recommend your employer?” and “Are there other companies in your industry that you would recommend?”

“BOK Financial fosters engagement by encouraging an environment where employees feel empowered, their voices are heard and their opinions count,” said Leslie Paris, BOK Financial’s senior vice president and director of community and employee engagement. “We do this through our annual engagement survey and employee-led plans to capitalize on what is working well and ways we can find improvement. We know engagement stems from a partnership. We see and recognize the unique gifts each employee brings to BOK Financial and in turn we strive to create a workplace that leverages inclusion.”

Now in its 11th year, the Employees’ Choice Awards program was also based on the input of employees. BOK Financial employees voluntarily and anonymously revealed insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic look at what a specific job may be like at a particular company. When sharing a company review on, employees were asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees were asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies.

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work were determined using reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between Oct. 23, 2017, and Oct. 21, 2018. To be considered for the large category, a company must have had at least 1,000 or more employees and have received at least 75 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, led by its Economic Research Team, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.

“In today’s tight labor market, job seekers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding where to work and they want to know the inner workings of a company before accepting a new job,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist. “To help people find the best jobs and the best companies, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards recognize employers at the top of their game. For employers, we know that a satisfied and engaged workforce helps drive financial performance. Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners are strategically investing in company culture, career growth opportunities and more, which also serves as a major recruiting advantage.”

Roxanna Maciel, BOK Financial’s senior vice president and director of talent acquisition and attraction, said, “Our recruiting team mirrors the goals and objectives of the organization. We position ourselves deep within the lines of business and really understand the technical skills needed and the culture of that department. This helps us deliver authentic messages around our opportunities and what it is like to work for BOK Financial. Beyond employment branding and advanced sourcing techniques, we focus on relationship recruiting and obsess over the candidate experience.”

About BOK Financial Corporation

BOK Financial Corporation is a $38 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company's stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (BOKF). BOK Financial's holdings include BOKF, NA, BOK Financial Securities, Inc. and The Milestone Group, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management, BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. and seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Mobank, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit

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Katy Hall
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Source: BOK Financial