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Life at FDIC

 
Life of an FDIC Professional

Get to know the people of FDIC and what they experience in their careers. Meet an FDIC employee in the division that interests you, which is a great way for you to understand more about the day-to-day operations of FDIC from their perspective.

Assistant Bank Examiner
Assistant Examiner
Bank Examiner
Chief of the Security Programs Section
Compliance Examiner
Computer Specialist
Contract Specialist
Economic Research Assistant
Senior Assessment Auditor


Lynette Harris

Lynette
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Assistant Bank Examiner
Charlotte, NC

Working at FDIC is all about teamwork. I'm in a group that covers Western North Carolina. A typical day for me is when we visit a bank and evaluate its capital adequacy, asset quality, management, earnings, liquidity and sensitivity to market risk in order to arrive at a composite rating.

My job is very important. I go into the banks to make sure they're operating in a safe and sound manner. Every working day I learn something new and confront a wide array of challenges and complexities. One thing is for certain, the FDIC offers unlimited possibilities — and you will never outgrow your career here.

Jessica Knutsen

Jessica
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Assistant Bank Examiner
Phoenix, AZ

When you are assigned to a large territory like me and spend much of your time traveling throughout Arizona and Nevada, you get to experience a great deal of variety. That's what I really like about my job. Plus, FDIC has provided me with all the formal training and on-the-job opportunities necessary to move ahead in my career.

I am one of the people who actually examine banks. I usually spend one week preparing for the exam, two weeks on site at the bank, and then another week off site to wrap things up. We do everything from looking at a bank's liquidity to determining the quality of their loan portfolio. Becoming an Assistant Bank Examiner right out of college is a great way to begin your career at FDIC.

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Justin Huynh

Justin
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Assistant Examiner
Minneapolis, MN

We believe practice makes perfect at FDIC. That's why, today, I am doing a practice job, which means actually writing an exam. After I finish, I will have a commissioned Examiner review my work just to make sure I did everything correctly. This is just one of the many training opportunities you get at FDIC. The training program typically takes about three years to complete. You have four courses that you have to take, and they're all in Washington, DC.

I also participate in the mentoring program, which connects me with a senior Examiner who tracks my progress and makes sure my career is heading in the right direction.

If you want to experience new opportunities while receiving all the training you need to succeed, FDIC is the corporation to join. I'm glad I did.

Ryan Senegal

Ryan
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Assistant Examiner
Chicago, IL

There were two reasons why I decided to take on a career with FDIC. First and foremost there is the challenge — I'm always learning something new, always trying to do things smarter. The second reason was something more personal. I wanted to move to Chicago. I lived in Ohio my whole life, but I wanted to experience life in a big city.

What's especially interesting about my job is that I get to travel to different banks every few weeks. Working at many locations around Chicago is fun and filled with new experiences. On every bank examination I get to work with different people, so my list of new friends and associates keeps growing.

Being an Assistant Examiner is a great way to start a career, especially if you are interested in business, finance or accounting. I'm studying to become an Examiner and look forward to being an Examiner in Charge. From my perspective, the growth opportunities at FDIC are endless.

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Peter Schleicher

Peter
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Bank Examiner
Milwaukee, WI

Reporting FDIC's findings to the board of directors of a leading bank is an exciting responsibility. It is the culmination of many hours, days and weeks of examining bank records and loan files to ensure that people can count on their deposits being safe.

In my office, we are responsible for a territory of approximately 50 to 60 miles around Milwaukee. I lead an examination team that visits banks within our territory. We work at our FDIC offices and on site to gather information on a variety of finance-related matters. Often, the major part of the on-site exam deals with reviewing a bank's larger loans, and problem loans. The loan portfolio is typically the largest asset group of the bank and where the most risk resides.

I would recommend to anyone interested in business and finance that they should explore the many job opportunities within FDIC. You'll get to work with a great team of people, and the chance for upward mobility within the corporation is outstanding. You can really make a difference here at FDIC.

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Angel Rivera

Angel
Division of Technology
Chief of the Security
Programs Section
Arlington, VA

I'm sitting at a station tracking network traffic and suddenly we start getting thousands of hits from thousands of different computers. This is quite abnormal and an obvious indication that something huge was out there and it was trying to get in. The "something huge" turned out to be Code Red Worm, and it was hitting the industry left and right. We went on high alert and successfully blocked it.

At FDIC, I'm in charge of the computer incident response team as well as the public key infrastructure, which supports encryption, digital signatures and anti-virus programs. I enjoy working here because few corporations have as sophisticated an enterprise network or as advanced set of technological initiatives. I'm on the cutting edge of my career, and the opportunities for growth and advancement are unlimited. It's an exciting time to be involved in computers and networks, and also an exciting time to be a part of the FDIC.

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Sullivan Caldwell

Sullivan
Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection
Compliance Examiner
Plantation, FL

Being a Compliance Examiner… you have to be adaptable. Once I visited a bank in South Florida and many of the employees only spoke Spanish. I don't know Spanish that well, but, somehow, we communicated through words and expression, and I got the job done. Plus, I learned more Spanish.

I've been with the FDIC for 10 years. As a Compliance Examiner, I'm responsible for gathering data and preparing examination reports, including public Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations. During a typical day, I provide technical advice and expertise on a range of subjects such as fair lending, CRA, truth in lending, truth in savings, fair credit reporting and flood insurance. The function I serve is a very important one. The public relies on me for accurate and timely information, including information about their rights under the law. My work is challenging and at times difficult and frustrating; however, my job fills a need — an important need — for every individual who entrusts their money in a bank.

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Mary Beth Rodman

Mary Beth
Division of Technology
Computer Specialist
Arlington, VA

I earned my degree as a Medical Assistant and started out at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a medical transcriber. Little did I know that 13 years later I would become interested in computers and computer security, and eventually end up at FDIC.

At FDIC, I provide access to FDIC applications to both internal and external users. This keeps me in contact with a lot of people and allows me to keep abreast of changing technologies. I am also the Webmaster for the Information Security Staff and that has kept me right on the forefront of the move to the Internet across all of FDIC.

All the new things, new ways of conducting business and new technologies, keep me forever young and learning at FDIC.

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Carlotta V. Taube

Carlotta
Division of Administration
Contract Specialist
Dallas, TX

I fully appreciate the importance that the FDIC places on work-life balance. My schedule permits me the flexibility of leaving work at an hour so convenient for a working mother like me. The FDIC's generous benefits allow me to comfortably meet my work-life obligations with management fully supportive of my participation in these initiatives.

As a Contract Specialist for nearly eight years, I have handled every phase of the procurement process for goods and services on behalf of the Corporation. I am hands-on from the planning stages through final award and the administration of the resulting contract.

After 11 years with the Corporation, I can say with confidence that this is really a great place to work. The opportunities for personal and professional growth are there for the asking. You can expand your knowledge base in your own area, or cross over to a different area within the FDIC. I feel like the FDIC is my home away from home.

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Sarah Belanger

Sarah
Division of Insurance and Research
Economic Research Assistant
Washington, DC

I spent the first three months of 2001 going back and forth between my office in Washington, DC and the National Archives in DC and College Park, MD, right near the University of Maryland. I was researching the Reconstruction Finance Corporation that was an agency set up under the New Deal. It's surreal touching the papers that made history. I've even seen FDR's signature on a few documents.

I work in policy research and assist economists with their projects. Right now I'm working on constructing a database of reports. I have to meet with our statistician to go over some numbers so our economists can run regressions and economic analysis tolls in order to draw conclusions for future use.

I'm in a two-year temporary position at FDIC. These kinds of positions are given to recent college graduates who want to use their experience as a stepping stone to graduate school or a career in the financial industry. This is my first job and a great way to gain knowledge, and to begin my career.

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Terry Bush

Terry
Division of Finance
Senior Assessment Auditor
Dallas, TX

I've traveled all over the country with the FDIC. Currently, I'm a Senior Assessment Auditor in a group that conducts deposit reporting compliance audits to ensure that our FDIC member financial institutions (banks and thrifts) are paying their proper amount of deposit insurance premiums. We concentrate our audits on the largest 250 banks in the nation.

I've worked at FDIC for nearly 13 years and rate the corporation as a first-class employer of choice. My job responsibilities are very worthwhile with regard to the Corporate mission, and extremely enjoyable.

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Last Updated 06/12/2007 careers@fdic.gov