Two South Dakota Banks Named 'Best Banks to Work For'

American Banker Magazine on Monday published its fifth annual list of the 75 best banks to work for. South Dakota's First Bank & Trust in Brookings and Sioux Falls was named number 20, and First PREMIER Bank in Sioux Falls was named number 61. SDBA associate member Bell Bank in Fargo was named number five.

First Bank & Trust each year hosts a 5K for employees and their families that raises money for charity, and the bank's Community Brigade program authorizes employees to provide up to $150 to a person in need, reimbursed by the company. The bank's "Be the 1" program provides cash rewards for employees who think on their feet and make decisions. 

To psych employees up for a core systems conversion, First PREMIER Bank sponsored an event at a local corn maze that featured pro bull riders and prizes including a trip to Las Vegas. Last year, the bank also sponsored Jacks Bash, a weekend celebration to mark the opening of the Dana J. Dykhouse Football Stadium at South Dakota State University. All employees got two tickets to a One Republic and Andy Grammer concert and $50 to spend on concessions.

Bell Bank offers employees access to a personal health coach though an online portal that syncs with Fitbit. Every year, the bank encourages employees to spend time with friends and family with an extra day off they can take at any time and a $200 gift card. Employees also get cake for milestone birthdays.

The SDBA congratulates these and other banks for establishing a culture and amenities that help attract and retain top talent. View the list.

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