First Niagara Financial

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Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Graphic Artist

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Coworkers and not overworked

    Cons

    Low salaries and poor management

  2. One headache after another

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    decent pay for a bank and good benefits

    Cons

    lousy training and managers who do nothing but sit at their desks all day. If help is needed, I have to walk all around to find someone.

    Advice to Management

    Team leaders should actually get up once in awhile and walk around and see if anybody needs help.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Dissapointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Developer

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PLenty of work, small company, great teams to work with.

    Cons

    Management is creating a gap between them and employees. Hostile work environment. Unwilling to listen or change. Only thing that matters is looking like they are making progress. All the decissions are being made by contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Change. Keep your promise of bringing work inhouse. Pick a strategy and direction and stick to the plan. See it through.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Disconnected

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small regional bank with good presence

    Cons

    False expectations set. Company felt unclear with its direction. Pay was not on par with similiar competitors.

  6. WPA wants out!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - No Thanks in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - No Thanks in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture that is created in most branches are special and unique...for the most part and it's a job in a bad economy.

    Cons

    This place is falling apart at the seams. Terrible leadership and no direction. Employees are over worked as jobs have been over the past two years. Branch staff can not take a lunch b/c of staff shortages. Advancements are often given to good old boys club rather than individuals that actually work hard and deserve it. No supplies no water no marketing whatsoever no technology no customers no presence. Oh yeah...we are going double and triple your goals. Wonder why they would do that???? Nothing makes sense at First Niagara.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees for what they do everyday in the extremely poor environment in which you have created. Most are disengaged, fed up, and over it.

  7. It's ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phila, PA

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team environment and culture

    Cons

    Unorganize and the training is sub par

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention

  8. Clear lack of direction and very poor senior level communication skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers
    OK Salary for WNY
    OK Benefits
    Flexible time/shifts

    Cons

    Zero advancement in IT unless you come from outside the company.
    Lack of focus/too many projects in flight.
    Heavy effort to out source all services they can.
    Sr. IT Leadership are all talk/no action.
    More project mangers then they know what to do with.

    Advice to Management

    Start at the top and work down quick. The relationship between IT and business units is horrible and only getting worse. Pick a handful of projects and work on those to completion. Listen to the people in the trenches instead of high priced/low yield consultants.

  9. Not good

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teller in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Teller in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good ....that's about it

    Cons

    Turnover is high...company is constantly changing staff!

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach!

  10. Helpful (2)

    FNFG teller

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    Former Employee - Back Up Head Teller in Lockport, NY
    Former Employee - Back Up Head Teller in Lockport, NY

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you receive a paycheck every 2 weeks

    Cons

    -no opportunity for advancement even if you are more than qualified for the job openings
    -everything operates on favoritism, even if you have the best numbers you are not promoted

    Advice to Management

    Get to know all employees and utilize the talent that you have, instead of promoting off of favoritism

  11. Helpful (1)

    Leadership catastrophe

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great logo colors; decent PTO; community involvement

    Cons

    Weak Leadership; Weak Organizational Development and HR departments; extremely political environment; little accountability; no infrastructure (although they are spending some major $$ just to catch up to competitive market) poor stability and portfolio ratings, ESOP plan decreased by>60% during 2012, stock price is pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the organization can only progress to the level of the leader--the organization has been set up to become a case study for learning by neglecting to properly assess talent and culture before executing M&A activity--listen to your employees before pulling the trigger, they are your greatest assets and have the ability to fill the gaps and blindspots of management. Also, competence levels of execs needs to be evaluated--many are in way over their heads.

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