Faces of the Fed
Hear what it's like to work at the Chicago Fed from a few of our employees.
Tamara Missick, CRSB Examiner, Supervision & Regulation
I started working at the Bank as an intern in 2011. I was shocked by the culture, and it was nothing like I had imagined. I'd interned at other large financial institutions before the Fed, and they were cut-throat environments with strict dress codes and everyone always worked long hours. When I got to the Bank, it was the complete opposite. It was so diverse. There was always talk of collaboration and volunteering. When I started working full time my managers allowed me to be flexible with my work schedule knowing volunteerism was important to me. I've also appreciated how my co-workers have taken a real interest in helping me build relationships and grow professionally, which has been instrumental to my career.
Scott Brave, Policy Economist, Economic Research
I went to college at the University of Chicago to study economics. I knew back then that I wanted to work here. I started at the Fed right after graduation. This is the only place I've worked. What I do now is very different from what I was doing when I was hired. I analyze current events and developing trends so things are constantly changing — it keeps me on my toes. I am exposed to so many ideas and get to work with data in many forms such as the Beige Book or forecasting short-term GDP growth, called "nowcasting." I like that I can see my work make its way into the policy process. That's why I've never gone to work anywhere else.
Chris Obillo, Web Content Tech Analyst, Information Technology
I work in EWS - Enterprise Web Services. We're a national IT service provider and we support the internal and external websites across the Federal Reserve System. I've worked on sites for Chicago, New York, Richmond, Dallas, Kansas City and Boston Reserve Banks. My job is to build the website infrastructure and databases and to get the content up and running. Throughout the process I work with customers to find out what their needs are and to resolve any issues. At EWS, we resolve a lot of people's problems and we work in a very supportive, helpful environment. I never feel like I'm alone. If I don't know an answer, there's always someone I can go to for help. These are some of the smartest people I've ever worked with.