Origin Bank

#3 Best Company to Work For - Large Companies

What they do: Community bank, with eight North Texas offices and a loan production center in North Richland Hills.

Employees: 24 Fort Worth, 662 companywide

What employees love: Wellness programs that include flu shots, health fairs and screenings, and gift cards for attaining points; holiday parties, employee picnics, game nights, team outings and cultural celebrations like March of Dimes crawfish boil, college football tailgates; paid time off for volunteering at charities of employees’ choice; extra paid time off for volunteering at United Way agencies; annual incentive bonuses available to all employees that range typically between 4 and 20 percent of salary; tuition reimbursement of up to $2,500 per 12-month period; bank holidays; flexible hours; “dream manager” on staff to help employees.

Cool benefit: 20-hours paid time off per year to volunteer for charities they choose. Bankwide, employees have put in a total 5,862 hours under the Project Enrich program since inception in 2013. Origin likes to recruit employees who enjoy serving others and are problem-solvers, Grant James, the bank’s region president, says. “A lot of what we do can be tedious, it can be frustrating, it can be confusing to the consumer,” James says. “So many of the people who work for the bank are entrepreneurial. They’re self-starters. They’re independent thinkers.”

 “Collaboration drives a culture of success at Origin Bank. Since its founding in 1912, the bank has relied on relationships, not just transactions, to grow from a small community bank in northern Louisiana to a $4 billion bank with locations in four states. Origin Bank retains the community feel that appeals to those folks operating $100 million businesses or those who are simply looking for a loan for their first home. In every scenario, bank employees collaborate, internally and externally, to deliver optimal results.” 

- Justin Holt, Origin Bank