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Bay Federal Credit Union Recognized as One of 2017 Bay Area Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work LogoCapitola, CA – April 19, 2017 – Bay Federal Credit Union has been recognized as a winner of the 2017 Bay Area Best Places To Work, an awards program presented by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Select employers from the Bay Area were named winners of the awards program, held on April 18, 2017. These winning organizations were honored for having created exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly.

Award applicants were evaluated and ranked across five categories according to the number of Bay Area employees, with Bay Federal falling in the mid-size category. The evaluation found companies in the region whose employees rate them as the highest on such values as fun, collaborative culture, solid compensation and benefits offerings, and other amenities, as well as management practices. Bay Federal was the sole financial institution to receive recognition.

“Creating a happy, thriving workplace is the key element to deliver on Bay Federal’s member-centric service philosophy of people helping people,” said Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal. “In order create a highly valued member service experience, we have invested in a highly engaged employee culture where employees are appreciated for being professional, fun, caring, compassionate and friendly.”

Among Bay Federal’s efforts to go above and beyond in creating an exceptional workplace, the Credit Union has an ongoing wellness program to promote the health and well-being of employees, along with an annual Wellness Fair. Bay Federal organizes more than 30 community volunteer and support opportunities for team members each year, and it also offers management training

Bay Federal and Looker were the only businesses from Santa Cruz County to make the list.

Bay Federal is currently hiring for a range of positions. For job openings, please visit

About 2017 Bay Area Best Places to Work 

Best Places to Work is an innovative publication and awards program produced by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The rankings were determined by surveys that went directly to employees who answered a series of questions. The survey was administered online by the employers and through a service provided by Quantum Workplace, our research partner. The rankings are numeric based on Quantum’s scoring process. By ranking companies and sharing best practices we facilitate idea sharing and help other companies learn from the best. 

About Bay Federal Credit Union

Bay Federal is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution that serves more than 65,000 members and 1,200 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. With more than $857 million in assets, Bay Federal Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County, serving its members and the community since 1957. Since 2002, 100% of all employees have given their own money and volunteered for numerous local schools, nonprofit organizations, and community events.

Contact: Amy Ivey, VP Marketing and Development
Bay Federal Credit Union


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