Fifty years ago a few astute people at Hewlett-Packard and Tektronix had a vision to strengthen financial futures. They saw the potential of uniting human dedication and technological innovation for a greater good. That’s the heart of First Tech Federal Credit Union. What First Tech founders recognized many years ago still holds true today. People within technology-driven companies are wired differently. Their passion for innovation has revolutionized the world, and they’re making tomorrow’s dreams a reality today. From very early on, technical innovation was used and resulted in First Tech’s motto of “Think Forward.” They were one of the first in the banking industry that began using computers for online data processing. By 1979,(then: Tektronix) Employees Federal Credit Union had begun the use of ATMs. In 1985, the credit union unveiled Call 24 which allowed members to check balances and transfer funds by phone. Unlike a traditional bank, First Tech is governed by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors comprised of First Tech members. They offer branches and ATMs located in 11 different states and 1 in Puerto Rico. Today, First Tech is nearly 350,000 members strong and serves employees of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, including HP, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies, Amazon, Cisco and many more.
First Tech has specialized in serving the needs of the men and women who drive our technology forward for over a half-century they have come to know and understand what it takes to be the best Credit Union they can. They believe in real relationships with their members and that no gizmo can replace listening to someone and giving them the care and personal attention they need. They don’t believe in short cuts to a members satisfaction and developing those relationships.
First Tech Federal Credit Union has really great rates compared to many other credit unions in the area. They offer free checking and savings accounts as well as Dividend Checking accounts and Care Free savings that offer returns for checking up to 1.57% and carefree savings starting at .10%.
Their Dividend Checking accounts are great for people who want to earn a higher dividend with greater account usage, often use a debit card for everyday purchases, and prefer to receive e-Statements. A few of the benefits of the Dividend Checking is you keeping more money in your pocket, there is no minimum balance, you can manage your money from anywhere through secured online banking and mobile apps, and there is no monthly service fee. In order to receive the 1.57% APY, you must have complete one of the following during per monthly cycle:
- 12 debit card purchases, one direct deposit or ACH withdrawal and receipt of electronic statements.
Their Carefree Savings starts with a .10% APY and earns dividends monthly. They are a great choice for customers that want a standard savings account with easy access to funds while earning dividends and keep less than $5,000 in savings without any early withdraw penalties.
There are only a few things that stand out as not so great about First Tech Federal Credit union. The first thing is that while they are located in 11 states, many of states located further East are actually limited in branch access unless you live in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, or California there is only access to one or two branches.
Secondly, and this is just being picky, a Credit Union that Services customers that work in developing software and technologies should have a little better quality apps to offer and more state of the art type of online banking software. Their android app rated well with a 3.5, while the apple app is barely rated at a 2.5. Their online banking and apps aren’t really anything super special. They are just same old run of the mill same abilities like other banks and Credit Unions.
Thirdly, their basic checking account does not get dividends, while a basic savings account can get .05% APY. Most really great credit unions will offer the same for basic checking and savings as far as interest goes. Or often they will offer up to .20% for a basic savings account and around .05%-.10% on a free checking account. Also, their credit card rates are a little higher than other credit unions, that offer rates as low as 8.5% they start at just under 10%, which isn’t really all that bad either.