August 23, 2014 BestCompaniesAZ

USAA Empowers Employees to Achieve Their Career Goals

Each Day Offers an Incredible Opportunity for Personal and Professional Growth

I began my career with USAA 5 years ago, coming from the financial services industry.  USAA’s mission and values resonated with me. This is a company that values honesty and integrity, and purposefully includes diverse perspectives. At USAA, I have taken control of my career, and the growth I’ve experienced in 5 short years has been phenomenal.

Initially, I joined USAA through the banking division. Within one year, I moved to the Financial Planning and Advice area through the Licensed Agent Program. This program allows candidates to study during work hours to obtain the licenses necessary to be a Financial Advisor. This is a rare opportunity that you don’t often see in the industry, but USAA isn’t your average employer. USAA values growth and learning and provides significant benefits to allow employees to further their education.

USAA also embraces change and creates an environment where employees feel safe and empowered to take risks in order to grow within their careers. I have had the opportunity to work with strong leaders and mentors who have helped guide my path and motivated me to set aggressive goals for myself. I am part of a women’s leadership group where we work to support each other in an industry that is predominantly male. My family and I very much appreciate the focus USAA puts on ensuring a work/life balance.

Today, I manage a team of advisors and each day we have all experienced incredible opportunities. We have the honor of serving our military by facilitating the financial security of our members and their families so that they can accomplish difficult missions with one less worry. This is much more than a job. To me, this is a fulfilling career.
Story provided by Katie of USAA’s Phoenix office.