Best Places to Work: Simmons Bank

Best Places to Work: Simmons Bank

Simmons Bank has catapulted from a statewide bank to an over $17 billion-asset company with an eight-state footprint.

City: Pine Bluff
Employees: 2,700
Industry Type: Banking

Simmons has developed an “inside-out” culture philosophy that’s based on the belief that when employees are treated right, that value of respect carries over to customers and communities. Employees engage every day with elementary schools, food banks, fire departments and advocacy centers and partner with nonprofits to help their communities prosper.

In September 2018, associates across the company donated nearly 4,500 volunteer hours for Simmons Service Month. To honor their efforts, Simmons donated $50,000 to Junior Achievement, the associate-nominated charity that aligns with Simmons’ mission to pass on financial literacy and knowledge to the next generation.

Emerging leader programs allow associates to grow their leadership skills through peer-to-peer leadership opportunities and formal training programs.

Simmons also empowers its team with leadership development programs like NEXTGen Future Leadership, which pairs aspiring young professionals with executive mentors.

Employees receive time off each September to volunteer during Simmons Service Month, then the company donates up to $50,000 to an associate-nominated charity.

Top performers are recognized with honorary banquets, cash prizes, free vacations and recognition through online Culture Cards. One of the company’s most anticipated events of the year is the Simmons Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards program, which rewards winners with an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Caribbean.

Simmons seeks to help employees live their happiest and healthiest lives with a free well-being program called Ultimate You. Perks of the program include gym membership discounts, adoption assistance, financial literacy programs and pet insurance.

DID YOU KNOW? Simmons’ community focus is further reflected in the company’s recent decision to acquire naming rights to the 18,000-seat civic center in North Little Rock, formerly known as Verizon Arena.

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