Early Warning: Local Fintech Competes Nationally

by Natalie Schwimer

Early Warning Services, LLC was founded in the 1990s, but little was known about the banking risk and fraud mitigation company. That is, until five years ago when the Scottsdale-based company launched its Zelle® brand, doubling its staff since that time. 

Today, Zelle® is a household brand found in more than 1,700 banking apps and is available to more than 150 million consumers. Crossing its anniversary milestone, Zelle® recently announced more than five billion transactions and nearly $1.5 trillion moved since 2017.

Arizona employment is forecasted to continue to grow for the next two-plus years despite economic factors, and Early Warning is no exception. Owned by seven of the largest banks in the U.S., Early Warning offers benefits well above the national averages, like unlimited PTO, lower-cost healthcare premiums, and paid parental leave for up to 12 weeks. It is one in just 23% of large companies (500 and more employees) that expanded voluntary benefits in 2022.

Many local organizations are competing for talent with employers not just in Greater Phoenix but nationally as well, as remote-first companies hire from anywhere in the U.S. Our recruitment team is constantly re-evaluating how we stack up to other employers nationwide as the highly competitive race continues for top talent skillsets in technology, data analytics, product and more.

The employer recently announced a new headquarters off the Loop 101 Freeway and McDonald Road. In addition, Early Warning has offices in San Francisco and Chicago, totaling more than 1,100 employees nationwide, with 70% based in Arizona. 

We’re competitive nationally, although Scottsdale is our hometown. This area continues to be desirable for our team from a work-life balance and cost-of-living perspective, not to mention a favorable business environment. Our relationships with local universities serve as attractive opportunities to tap into new talent as we continue to evolve our fintech products and services. 

Natalie Schwimer is chief people officer at Early Warning Services, LLC.

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