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Attracting and Retaining Highly Skilled Employees

Through systematic talent management, career development and succession planning, we work to provide employees with opportunities to advance and grow their careers with our company.

Our promise to clients is to be a financial advocate and deliver the best possible solutions through a consistently remarkable experience. To deliver on this promise, we have committed to a set of core principles:

  • We will be responsive in every way
  • We will always take the extra step
  • We will take the long view
  • We will make it our own
  • Whatever we do, we will always do what is right

Through commitment to our core principles, we have built a culture of respect and teamwork that has earned us recognition as a top workplace. We are particularly proud of those accolades based on employee feedback. We are thankful to employees who shared their positive experience of working at Sandy Spring Bank and congratulate them for living our core values each day and creating a great place to work for their colleagues.

2021 Accolades

  • USA Top Workplace award – Energage 2021
  • Washington Post Top Workplace 2021
  • Baltimore Sun Top Workplace
  • American Banker Best Banks to Work for List
  • Great Place to Work certified 2021
  • Best-In-State Bank for the state of Maryland – Forbes
Baltimore Sun - Top Workplace 2021
                                    Washington Post - Top Workplace 2021
American Banker Best Banks to Work for List 2021 Great Place to WorkTM certified 2021 USA Top Workplace award – Energage 2021

Professional Development

Our performance management program is an interactive practice that engages employees through monthly coaching sessions with their managers, annual reviews customized to the individual’s position, and annual goal setting.

We offer a variety of programs to help employees learn new skills, establish and meet personal development goals, take on new roles and become strong leaders. Highlights of our development programs include:

Tuition Assistance Program

We offer full- and part-time employees financial support to advance their educational goals.

Career Pathways

This development program, open to all employees, includes a self-assessment, career planning workshops and a mentoring program with a diverse group of company leaders. After completing the program, employees have the opportunity to participate in a structured job shadowing experience.

Remarkable Manager Training

Managers at all levels, including those new to our company or newly promoted, participate in Remarkable Manager Orientation. This program educates participants in core skills for effective management, explores the effectiveness of different management styles, and trains them in our performance management program. Ongoing training supports continued development of our managers.

Leadership Development Programs

We provide high-potential employees with opportunities to develop leadership, managerial and technical skills through programs with the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the Maryland Banking School and the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management. These multi-year programs combine intensive in-person sessions, home study curricula and peer group projects to develop skills critical to career growth and success.

Commercial Banker Associate Program

Started in 2019, this multi-year program targets current employees who want to advance their careers in commercial banking. The curriculum covers topics such as commercial lending, credit analysis and treasury management. Participants progress through stages based on demonstrating mastery of the learning and performance objectives at each stage.

[Career Pathways] will give you tools you can use over and over again. It is the best thing I have done for myself...This program brought out the best in me Angelique Sarr
Branch relationship manager

Benefits that Exceed Expectations

Our employees work hard and we reward them with fair compensation and a comprehensive package of benefits.

We offer a minimum hourly wage of $17 (following a brief training period) for all entry-level positions in all of our markets. Highlights of our competitive benefits package include:

Flexible Benefits Plan

All employees are eligible for a variety of pre-tax health, dental and vision insurance plans as well as flexible spending and dependent care spending accounts that allow employees to craft a program that will best suit their personal situations.

Annual Cash Incentive

All employees who do not already participate in a specific incentive plan receive an annual cash bonus based on our company’s results.

401(k) Plan

This retirement benefit provides the maximum match allowed by law with a default enrollment to encourage employees to save for retirement. Our plan offers a wide range of investment alternatives including company stock, and provides free one-on-one counseling with a financial expert to assist employees in meeting their retirement savings goals. In 2021 had a 96% participation rate and paid $5.6 million to employees in matching contributions.

Employer-Paid Life Insurance

This benefit is equal to 2x annual salary or equivalent, up to a maximum of $500,000.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Our plan enables employees to accumulate up to $25,000 of company stock per year at a 15 percent discount to the market price.

Benefits to Balance Work, Life and Wellness

Sandy Spring Bank understands that to get the best from our employees, we need to support their day-to-day needs for home, family, health and wellness. Here are just a few ways we support our team:

Paid Leave Benefits

including vacation and sick time, holidays, parental and adoption leave, jury duty, military leave, bereavement leave, and short- and long-term disability.

Discounted Banking Services

All employees are eligible for free employee checking accounts, discounts on loans and other banking products.

Employee Assistance Program

Provides professional, confidential counseling assistance for employees and their family 24/7.

Home and Auto Insurance

Employees have access to experienced professionals at Sandy Spring Insurance to create an affordable insurance program for their personal needs.

Wellness Program

Our wellness program offers financial rewards to employees who adopt healthy habits and participate in wellness education and health screens. Wellness rewards are credited each payday.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Our policy prohibits the use of tobacco products in all our facilities.

Annual Family Picnic

An annual highlight is our family picnic, featuring games, music, food and activities for all of our employees and their partners and children. As concerns about large gatherings prevented us from holding our family picnic again in 2021, we held a virtual picnic party.

Employee smiling at our annual family picnic

Employee Engagement and Communication

We offer multiple channels for employee engagement with senior leaders and opportunities for them to offer feedback to help us improve our performance and make our company a better place to work.

Employee Engagement Surveys

We regularly solicit employee feedback through a confidential, company-wide survey on culture, management, career opportunities, compensation and benefits. The results of this survey are reviewed with senior and executive leaders. We use employee feedback to update employee programs, initiatives and enhance communications.


Through Chatter, our internal message board, employees stay connected and share volunteer and donation opportunities, events and activities. In 2021, Chatter continued to be a critical means for employees to remain connected while many worked remotely.

Employee Town Halls

CEO Dan Schrider and CFO Phil Mantua are featured speakers during our quarterly town hall meetings that are open to all employees. We also include a variety of guest speakers to highlight different areas of our company and to give employees access to a variety of leaders across the company.

Quarterly Principles Awards

Employees can nominate their fellow employees who demonstrate any of our core principles in delivering a remarkable experience to an external or internal client. Winners are recognized at quarterly President’s Circle events hosted by executive management.

Meeting in a Box

Winner of a CXPA Innovation Award, our Meeting in a Box initiative engages employee teams in a synchronized effort to discuss the same monthly client or employee experience. In 2021, we engaged in a variety of exercises to enhance employee’s empathy skills.

CXmeeting in a box - Consistent. Remarkable.