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First Bank Earns Best Place to Work Certification in Romania for 2023

First Bank, a leading financial institution in Romania, has been recently recognized as one of the best places to work for 2023. First Bank is the first financial institution recognized as one of the best places to work in Romania for 2023 and one of the 30 organizations recognized nationwide.

During the company assessment, over 70% of employees recommended the organization in recognition of its culture fueled by transparency, trust and collaboration to encourage the employees to always be developing, learning and contributing.

Best Places to Work is an international certification program, considered the ‘Platinum Standard’ in identifying and recognizing top workplaces around the world; it provides employers with the opportunity to learn more about the engagement and the satisfaction of their employees and honour those who deliver an outstanding work experience with the highest standards with regards to working conditions. 

We are immensely proud of First Bank being certified as Best Place to Work, and is the first certified bank in Romania this year. The certification process for Best Place to Work is rigorous, and we surpassed all the criteria with flying colours. This is a great milestone on our journey. Each day all of us at First Bank are passionate about serving our customers, and we want to be the best place for our customers and people. We strive to keep the Best Place to Work certification for many years.

Henk Paardekooper, Executive President of First Bank, commenting on this achievement

Every year, the program partners with many organizations in Romania across different industries to help them measure, benchmark, and improve their HR practices and have access to the tools and expertise they need to deliver effective and sustainable change in their organizations. The participating organizations are evaluated through two assessments process and, on meeting the qualifying criteria, are certified as the Best Place to Work for 1 year.

After acquiring Leumi Bank in 2020, First Bank has reached a market share of 1.8% of the banking sector in Romania by financial assets. At that moment, First Bank had 59 branches and 130,000 active clients.

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