Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY), the parent of Ally Invest, received the title of best company to work for in Detroit from online job search company Zippia. Ally beat out General Motors Company (GM), DTE Energy Company (DTE) and Quicken Loans to land on the top of the list. Zippia gave Ally Financial an overall A+ score, with an A+ for pay and stability and an A for diversity. “Ally’s recognition on this list reflects the company’s strong financial health, diversity and salaries relative to similar positions in the area,” the company said in a statement to Investopedia.
In order to come up with the list of the best places to work in and around Detroit, Zippia culls the data on salaries, the financial health of the company and the diversity within the employee ranks to come up with a score. Second place General Motors, third place DTE Energy, fourth place Quicken Loans and fifth place Dykema all received an overall score of A+.
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The accolades bestowed on Ally Financial come as the company is pushing ahead with its efforts to bring new technology-driven products to its customers, and it is in hiring mode to meet that end. In late March, The Charlotte Observer reported that Ally was planning to open a 2,200-square-foot so-called innovations studio at Camp North End, in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a vast renovation project of old warehouses that are being turned into new office and retail space in the city. ATCO Properties & Management told The Charlotte Observer that Ally is opening up the hub and will be the anchor tenant for a 26-story building being erected in the city and slated to open in 2021.
The innovation hub is expected to be named TM Studio and will rotate different teams of the fintech through the space. In a statement, Ally Financial said that the company will engage in “rapid prototyping and design sprints for new consumer banking concepts.” It will also hire in the areas of designers, product engineers and web developers. “Our goal through TM Studio is to expand our foundational culture of innovative thinking to further transform business processes, leverage design thinking principles and deliver innovative solutions for consumers,” said Anand Talwar, deposits and consumer strategy executive at Ally, in the report.
Ally Financial is no stranger to technology and embracing new ways to reach and empower customers. In November, it launched the Ally Skill for Amazon.com, Inc.’s () Alexa, the digital virtual assistant found in the e-commerce giant’s Echo devices. With the skill and an Alexa-enabled device, Ally banking customers can conduct banking transactions such as checking account balances, tracking recent transactions and deposits, transferring money, and accessing deposit product interest rates via voice commands. The skill is now available to Ally Bank’s deposit customers.