Wells Fargo is expanding a program that not only is geared toward providing parttime employment for retirees and seniors, but also is open to hiring couples.
The Silver Bullets program dates back to 1994 at Norwest Bank, and continued after the merger of Norwest and Wells Fargo. It includes 145 workers and another 50 will be hired during the next month.
All ages are welcome to apply, and the current work force ranges in age from 40 to 90, said Miriam Johnson, manager of the Silver Bullets. The job pays a basic hourly wage and doesn’t offer benefits.
Silver Bullets employees work at Wells Fargo’s Tempe processing center, on Priest Drive near Alameda Drive.
“What we do is process the statements to get them sent out to mostly commercial customers of Wells Fargo,” Johnson said. “We also do a number of other things, but that’s where everybody starts. They come in and start to learn that, and then we branch out from there.”
Those interested in applying for the Silver Bullets program can call either Johnson at (480) 437-7613 or Mary Anne Alvarado-Acosta at (480) 437-7612.
The program includes three shifts: From 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The positions are open to anyone who would like to work a few days a month.
Of the 50 new positions, 40 will work two to three days per week, while the remaining 10 will work two to five days during the first 10 days of each month.
“You have to have alphanumeric filing skills and you have to be able to stand or sit for a fair amount of time, for two hours or so, and you have to be able to lift 25 to 30 pounds and be available year-round,” said Johnson. “That’s about it. There are no computer skills involved in it at all. It’s looking at statements, collating the statements, putting them in page order and getting them into the envelope. It’s also watching for errors and making sure that everything is copacetic before it goes out the door.”
The program generally attracts retirees who are “tired of being retired,” Johnson said. “They’re tired of playing cards or playing golf, or whatever they thought they were going to love to do, and they want to get out and meet people, and experience new things,” she said. “We do a lot of fun things and try to make it a fun place to be.”
Joe and Beverly Woyton, who live in Sun Lakes, both work for Silver Bullets, as well as Glenn and Joanie Christenson of Glendale.
The Woytons have been with Silver Bullets for nearly seven years. “It’s nice to have a little extra spending money,” said Beverly Woyton. “I had a bout with cancer and they were great, they worked with me. I like the people, the atmosphere is very friendly. Like one big family.”
Glenn and Joanie Christenson have been with Silver Bullets more than five years.
“I had prior banking experience, but my husband came with me the day that I interviewed and they just looked at him and said you need to fill out an application, too,” said Joanie Christenson.
“He certainly didn’t have the banking background. It just took common sense and following direction, and now he’s my assistant.”