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Great Western Bank

(Public)  
Banking - Financial Services
1,000 - 2,500 employees  |  
Overview
If a bank is more focused on financials and bottom lines than building relationships with customers, will they even notice when their customers go somewhere else?

At Great Western Bank, we’re focused on you. We’re focused on Making Life Great for the people and communities we serve. We do it with honesty, integrity, and respect—always have, always will.

We’re also proud to offer the great products and services that’ll help you live the life you want. This means thinking ahead and adopting new, cutting-edge services that are right for the times. To accomplish this, we have a growth structure in place to ensure that when we expand, we do so in a way that better serves our customers.
Our Story
The Great Western Bank Story
For nearly 80 years, Great Western Bank has been committed to “Making Life Great” in every way possible.

These days, we’re doing it in ways that weren’t even dreamed of eighty years ago. By embracing online and mobile banking technology—and infusing it with our commitment to personal service—we’re positioned to serve our personal, business, and agribusiness customers for years to come.

We invite you to see how we can make life great for you, your family, and your business. We’re committed to greatness—and that means being committed to your security and convenience as well.

Our Mission
To "Make Life Great" by taking outstanding care of our customers and creating long term relationships.

Our Vision
To become one of leading regional banks in the United States through a commitment to organic growth and acquisitions aligned to strategy.

Our Values
Be authentic and respectful.
Do the right thing.
Drive performance and results.
Put the customer first.
Get the basics right.
Empower locally, think globally.
Fact Sheet
Great Western Bank Fact Sheet

  • CEO: Ken Karels
  • More than $9.1 billion in assets
  • Operating in 116 communities in seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota
  • 162 locations
  • Approximately 1,500 employees
  • Online and mobile banking services
  • Agribusiness banking services
  • Business banking services
  • Crop insurance services (where available)
  • Mortgage services
  • Personal banking services
  • Wealth management services
  • SBA Preferred Lender
  • Supporter of local youth organizations and development initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, and a variety of scholarship programs

Accurate as of 2013
Our History
Great Western Bank History

Great Western Bank was organized in 1935, and has since welcomed thousands of banking relationships in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. With assets over $9 billion and more than 160 banking locations, we’ve gained significant regional presence while Making Life Great in our communities.

Community, in fact, is a key word for us. Our employees engage in a wide range of community service, volunteering time, donating to local organizations, serving on the boards of civic and nonprofit organizations, and much more. We believe in helping children through education by partnering with public schools and providing scholarship funding, all to help strengthen the communities we serve.
Safety & Soundness
At Great Western Bank, we attribute our strength to a foundation of several key tenets:

1. A conservative approach
Great Western Bank has never participated in the subprime lending practices that caused such upheaval in the banking industry just a few years ago. We continue to focus on traditional safe and sound banking practices, such as gathering deposits, making loans, and investing in the communities we serve. We are proud of our adherence to consistent, well-articulated lending fundamentals that allow us to meet the needs of local customers while protecting the bank’s balance sheet and earnings potential.

2. Guaranteed protection
Deposits that share the same ownership are insured by the FDIC for up to $250,000 per customer. Deposits in different ownership categories may be separately insured up to the insurance limit. By carefully structuring account ownership, a customer can have more than $250,000 in FDIC protection—and in some cases up to $3 million. For additional account insurance information visit www.FDIC.gov.

3. Long-term financial strength
Our capital strength and our history of producing strong earnings results combine to establish Great Western Bank’s operating staying power well into the future. As of September 30, 2013, US GAAP accounting standards showed Great Western Bank with total assets of more than $9 billion.

4. Stability and deep resources
Great Western Bank is a strong financial institution with more than a century of sound and prudent banking practices. We have long operated well in excess of the regulatory capital thresholds to be considered a well-capitalized financial institution. If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-952-2043 or stop by your nearest Great Western Bank location.

Accurate as of 2013
Careers
There is no limit to where you can go at Great Western Bank.

Job Board

Banking is a very competitive business. Today, consumers have a lot of choices, they do their homework, and they shop around. What sets us apart is the quality of our people, locations, products and service. That’s why we hire the most talented individuals to work in our banks.

There are many basic characteristics that are expected of every Great Western Bank employee. Strong character, honesty, a desire to help people, courtesy, respect and friendliness. Understanding our strategy and standing behind it. Commitment, professionalism, responsibility, accountability and trust.

Every employee is integral to our success. Our commitment to career development ensures that our employees will have ongoing opportunities throughout their careers.

Our employees are rewarded with great benefits, including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible Spending Account Plan
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Banking Services
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Continuing Education
  • Sales & Service Incentive Pay

Great Western Bank is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Contact Us
Customer Support Phone Number
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CT) M-F; 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (CT) Sat
1-800-952-2043