Top reverse mortgage lender Finance of America Reverse (FAR) has been certified by Great Place to Work for the second time in the company’s history.
The designation, based entirely on the shared perspectives of employees currently working for the organization, comes from 92% of surveyed employees describing FAR as a “great place to work.” That rating is 33 points higher than the average U.S. company, according to a joint announcement from FAR and Great Place to Work.
“Great Place to Work Certification isn’t something that comes easily—it takes ongoing dedication to the employee experience,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, VP of global recognition at Great Place to Work echoing her statement from 2021. “It’s the only official recognition determined by employees’ real-time reports of their company culture. Earning this designation means that FAR is one of the best companies to work for in the country.”
FAR President Kristen Sieffert describes excitement at the second consecutive instance of the company receiving the certification.
“The FAR family is proud to once again receive this honor on behalf of all the amazing and dedicated individuals that make this such an incredible and inspiring place to work,” she said. “Our unmatched customer experiences and compassion-driven approach to all that we do are the direct result of our quality colleagues at FAR—friends and peers who bring their best to the table every day without fail. Leading, mentoring, and cultivating this talent at FAR will always be the utmost priority for us. I have always believed that when our culture is strong, supportive, and human-centered, all other important aspects of the business follow suit.”
FAR credits its “10-Star” program to the high approval rating among employees, a program that encourages professional development and the sharing of input about ideas they may have regarding company goals and initiatives. Feedback on that program also led to the launch of a mentorship program within FAR.
“FAR also celebrates employees’ contributions through its annual President’s Retreat, a premier event offering employees the chance to further strengthen an interoffice community, promote leadership skills, and ideate new solutions for FAR’s borrowers,” the announcement continues. “These endeavors—together with a flexible, family-friendly approach to professional life—have resulted in a positive, collaborative business culture that puts people and relationships at the forefront of all that FAR does.”
In late 2020, Sieffert described for RMD the commitment FAR maintained for supporting flexibility and work from home policies due to the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“We took a stand at the very beginning of the pandemic that we would be as flexible as necessary to support people’s unique circumstances and since then have been committed to finding ways to show our appreciation for our team,” she said in November 2020.