Category: Between $500 Million and $1 Billion
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Assets: $649.8 million
No. of employees: 175
President: Stephen Swofford

When decisions loom for Alabama Credit Union, employees can count on having their say.

The organization assembles employee-led teams, representing a cross-section of employees, to make recommendations and changes, according to Brandi McKinney, the human resources director at the $649.8 million-asset credit union.

Working together usually for 30 to 90 days, the teams grapple with operational issues, such as the rollout of a mobile-deposit product. But they also handle touchier subjects, such as the best way to implement a smoke-free policy at Alabama Credit Union. The policy is slated to take effect next summer

"We know that that's going to hurt, so we're trying to make that transition as easy as possible," McKinney said.

The teams are popular among employees, she added. "They know that the senior team doesn't just give lip service to letting employees have input into company decisions. They live it and see it and breathe it every day."

Founded in 1957, Alabama Credit Union has more than 20 branches throughout the state.

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