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Allegiance CU Named a 2016 Best Place to Work in Oklahoma
Friday, November 18, 2016 6:50 AM

Allegiance CU employees on Halloween

OKC.BIZ magazine announced the winners of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma competition at its annual awards dinner, and coming in at #4 in the category of Small/Medium Companies was Allegiance Credit Union based in Oklahoma City.

The Best Places to Work in Oklahoma program honors the state’s best employers. A third party surveyor, Best Companies Group, collected data from the businesses that entered the competition and then performed employee surveys to determine which companies had the best practices. Areas of examination included: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment and relationship with supervisor.

Allegiance Credit Union offers its 80 staffers a plethora of pertinent perks that include tuition reimbursement, a clothing allowance, a 401(k) matching program, holiday bonuses for both full- and part-time employees, plenty of vacation and sick time accumulation, and a paid birthday holiday for each employee.

Most impressive, however, is what 2015 Allegiance employee of the year Lynn Pahdoco calls “the most positive management style she’s ever encountered.”

Allegiance’s promise of cultivating friendly people who give smart service has created an efficient, competent work environment that includes a spirit of innovation, creativity, and community service.

“While we are very intentional about providing the best service for our members, we are always mindful that we must provide the best work environment for our employees,” said Carol Gill, human resources director. “We have several employees who are embarking upon their third and fourth decade as an employee here at Allegiance. That speaks volumes and is the ultimate testament that perhaps we’re on the right track.”

ACU was founded in 1963 as Federal Employees Credit Union. Located in the basement of the Federal Courthouse, it was one of first tenants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when it opened in 1977. After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which ended the lives of 18 of its employees, FECU reinvented itself, became a community charter, and later changed its name to Allegiance Credit Union, symbolizing its devotion to its legacy and its ongoing commitment to becoming a relevant corporate citizen and resource for Oklahoma City and the surrounding communities.

ACU’s deep commitment to community involvement is evidenced daily by its many service initiatives, such as its growing partnerships with the area’s running and cycling communities, which is an extension of its culture of promoting health and wellness. As a result of this commitment, ACU became the first business in Oklahoma to receive a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business distinction from the League of American Bicyclists.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Allegiance’s employee-run philanthropic program has been the benefactor of several nonprofit organizations including Oklahoma Project Woman, which provides funding to assist in breast cancer treatment, and Sunbeam Family Services, which provides additional funds and resources to grandparents raising grandchildren.

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