Forbes names Arvest Bank one of America’s best employers

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Updated: May 11, 2018

Special to the Little River News

Arvest Bank, which recently completed the purchase of Bear State Bank, has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, the second consecutive year it has received the honor.

Arvest ranked 266th out of the 500 businesses – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time employees – nationwide that scored highest in an independent survey.

“Maintaining a culture that appeals to, and supports, our associates leads to having happy, loyal and satisfied customers,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “It is extremely rewarding to know our associates think so highly of our bank. It’s even more gratifying to see that translate into the way they take care of our customers every day. At Arvest, our commitment to the communities we serve and creating a positive, fulfilling work environment for our associates go hand in hand.”

More than 30,000 employees from 25 industries were consulted anonymously to compile the Forbes survey’s nationwide results. First, they were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible score. Participants also were prompted to evaluate other employers within their industry that stood out either positively or negatively. Furthermore, employees were asked 35 questions about work-related topics, including working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.

This is the third year Forbes has compiled its list of America’s Best Employers. Assessments for 2018 were conducted during a four-week period last year.

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.