North Jersey Federal Credit Union

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Lourdes Cortez
President and CEO
Location: Totowa, NJ

North Jersey Federal Credit Union

For North Jersey Federal Credit Union (NJFCU), staff recognition is the secret to creating a happy and successful corporate culture. To get through tough projects that place demands on the entire staff, NJFCU offers gift cards, surprise lunches, jeans days, desserts and snacks. One of the most significant incentives the company gives its employees, however, is a voice. Lourdes Cortez holds vision meetings with the entire staff, giving all members the opportunity to discuss their ideas. What’s more, NJFCU offers a generous tuition reimbursement that has helped five employees celebrate college graduations, and occasionally offers chair massages right in the office. “With a little bit of relaxing music and some work on tense muscles, the universal response was a happy ‘aaaah,’” says Cortez.

“This year marks our 80th anniversary. We hosted a party in the spring for some of our long-time members, but we also invited all of our employees. The staff is what makes NJFCU the organization that it is.”