AgFirst Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
AgFirst, part of the US Farm Credit System, serves as a wholesale lender and business-service provider to a network of local farm credit associations in 15 southern and eastern states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. These associations, operating as Farm Credit and Ag Credit associations, provide real estate and production financing to 80,000 farmers, agribusinesses, and rural homeowners. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, it was formed in 1995 by the merger of the Farm Credit Bank of Baltimore and the Farm Credit Bank of Columbia.
A former Project Coordinator from Columbia, SC wrote a review about his/her experience working for AgFirst in which claims there is a hostile team environment towards new comers. "Even though I tried to be friendly and helpful at all times, it wasn't before long I heard my manager and another manager using discriminating language towards my country and another culture. My supervisor told me a secret of hers that could get her in trouble. That's when I had my doubts about working there long term. For the short time I worked there, the support I had was all from outside my department while my own "team" were being nothing but rude and condescending from day 1. I was not included when my own team have any team activities, including holiday parties but was invited to other teams'. Besides the difficult workplace culture, they clearly don't have a plan or good estimate of what my job should involve because most of the time I had to look hard for things to do on my own. Very disappointed but relieved that I don't have to work there any more. A waste of time in my career."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Management doesn't care anything about their people. They say they do, but they will fire a tenured employee without thought or good reason. I have nothing nice to say at this point, so I will stop here."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"We have a very inflated sense of self. We are constantly talking about how engaged our staff is, yet I have been here three years and don't see it at all. What I see is a place for petty, nit-picky employees to find like minds."
Jump Down, Spin Around, Pick A Bale of Cotton says"I know banks. This bank is one of the worst run I have ever seen and has THE WORST management I've ever seen. Most have never seen the back-room of banking operations and prefer to pontificate on the wave. It will be interesting to see how the Puerto Rico defaults play out in 2016. Who will be the sucker to absorb the defaults on the mainland if any? This bank is a good ole boy system and they have the arrogance to prove it. They talk the talk and don't walk the walk as one would say. Good luck keeping it in the fairway. You've been too lucky for too long."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Wrong values: only the favorites are getting promotions and promotions are not merit-based. Your hard work will not be noticed and appreciated. Many employees are unhappy, leaving or looking for other opportunities."
Former Employee - IT Specialist says"No relationship between management and employees. Expectation that employees are never "off the clock", especially those in IT. A senior management group that is never seen outside of its private floor. Low cubicle walls and glass walled conference rooms mean there is absolutely no privacy. Tremendous pay gap between top management and employees. Board members that are both stupid and uncaring and subject to the whims of one or two loud mouths. An incompetent regulator that doesn't know its a#s from a hole in the ground."
says"Very Political place to work. Don't trust most of the Managers. They are only out to make themselves look good."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"No room for advancement. Work environment was awful. Negative attitudes tend to dominate the department. Hated the majority of term."
says"office politics/romances rewarded and promoted employees who chose to participate and created pathetic work environment."
Net Technical Lead (Current Employee) says"People with narrow-minded, they don't accept new people, only people grow is settled from the start of their career, Only 4 people influence the company, and other people will not grow."
Customer Support Analyst (Former Employee) says"The Customer Service Center is an unnecessary department content with simply being the man in the middle. They'll ask for your feedback but they really don't care because at their core, they know how unnecessary the department is."
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) says"Even though I tried to be friendly and helpful at all times, it wasn't before long I heard my manager and another manager using discriminating language towards my country and another culture. My supervisor told me a secret of hers that could get her in trouble. That's when I had my doubts about working there long term. For the short time I worked there, the support I had was all from outside my department while my own "team" were being nothing but rude and condescending from day 1. I was not included when my own team have any team activities, including holiday parties but was invited to other teams'. Besides the difficult workplace culture, they clearly don't have a plan or good estimate of what my job should involve because most of the time I had to look hard for things to do on my own. Very disappointed but relieved that I don't have to work there any more. A waste of time in my career."
Senior Auditor (Former Employee) says"I was one of four auditors Plus the Audit Manager. I would have been thrid in line as far as seniority to move up. The Audit Manager was there over 20 years and the next lead auditor had been there for 15 years. I was next in line with three yearssalarymoody management"
Developer (Current Employee) says"Its all about command and control; rigid senior leadership stick in the old ways and resistant to change. Constantly have to watch for knives at your back.First line leadershipCulture, blame game"
Senior Security/System Administrator (Current Employee) says"This is a typical Rat Race company, tension and Stress is perceived on this organization. Too many restructuring terminating people.Good to know there are other companies better out there.Health Care too expensive for Families."
Sr. Business Applications Developer (Current Employee) says"Way behind in technology, Hard to get things to get done, does not have a fair grading system nor performance evaluations, all it depends on managers, Free work culture most of the timeSound financial baseNo fair grading systems nor evaluations"
Human Resources (Former Employee) says"Overall a great company, some pockets of poor management and that can make for a bad experience. Some who have been there for decades don't want change.Generous time off, employee eventsBad management in some departments"
Employee (Current Employee) says"Farm Credit is mission oriented to provide funding to credit worthy borrowers feeding the world. The work makes it feel rewarding to help farmers. It offers stable employment if performing to the standards.mission relatedlots of meetings"
tester (Former Employee) says"A typical day at work was very repetitive,Although I was educated on kiwifruit,which was actually interesting. Management and supervisors were friendly and informative, at times very stressed. I met some lovely people,employed were many South Americans very loud confident people. The hardest part of the job was the repetitiveness and the most enjoyable part were the people and learning something new."
Graphic Design Contractor (Current Employee) says"My overall experience was good. Management tends to be a bit absent due to aggressive meeting schedules and extensive travel, though some are worse than others. Managers and department directors don't typically pay attention to day-to-day activities but are constantly changing processes and procedures. Very much a "my way or the highway" management style from the top down. Lots of office politics between departments and quite a 'gossipy' environment.Employee engagement activities, team building, occasionally catered meals, flexible schedule, ability to work remote when neededrevolving door of new employees, lack of management involvement"