First Republic (CA) Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
59 Reviews

2.9
59 Reviews
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First Republic (CA) Chairman and CEO James H. Herbert II
James H. Herbert II
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location (if you're in SF), excellent customer service levels (in 5 reviews)

  • Great company, great people, great food at discounted price (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • flat hierarchy but massive preference from upper management to workers that they "like" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the company consistently grows year after year, has great people, and does its best to keep the service culture.

    Cons

    it is a work-life balance job. Highly entrepreneurial environment. Systems are developed as needed with minimal bells and whistles funds employed in these systems are pegged for efficiency and massive changes are not pushed out prematurely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a lot of micro-managment.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work, plenty of room for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Collateral Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Collateral Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company supports it's employees very well. During the time I was at this company every issue I took to managers and the HR team was dealt with care and diligence. The working environment is up beat and invigorating. As far as benefits, for the time I was there, salaries were competitive, time-off standard and the perks kept getting better and better (in house cafe, commuter program, etc.)

    Cons

    During my time I saw many instances of nepotism. Family members and friends seemed to race from intern to loan officer amazingly quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good resources, strong culture, good customer service, caring customer front.

    Cons

    Not a lot of communication, doesn't seem very easy to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not just a job, but an adventure!

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you make the right people happy, you'll stay a long time.

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere. You may very well have to train your superiors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Budget cuts and unqualified workers create uneasy work climate

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Some great, kind, intelligent people work for this company
    -Located in the Financial District of SF
    -Medical and 401k benefits are great, but not much else is offered
    -The company has a decent amount of events (holiday, employee benefitting events, recognitions)
    -Down-to-earth, mindful of local pop-culture

    Cons

    -Many workers not qualified or the best available for the jobs they do and ineffective employees
    -Hire a lot of cheap work, many employees have terrible communication and critical thinking skills as well as poor work ethic
    -Budget cuts interfere with department goals while upper management continues to pressure for results
    -Typical Corporate America popularity contest hierarchy
    -Salaries are average, raises given for performance are scarce and insignificant, a lot of "title promotions"
    -Employee facilities are outdated, many departments are forced to pack employees into confined areas while while executive floors often remain empty for weeks during moves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher younger brighter employees who are educated and personable. Reform the selection process and offer better benefits which improve employees lives. Grow your valuable employees and get rid of those who are ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Private Wealth Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Loan Support Specialist/Underwriter  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Loan Support Specialist/Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rockcenter, Christmas Tree, cafeteria, shopping

    Cons

    its not always what you know, its who you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was led to believe

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location (if you're in SF), excellent customer service levels

    Cons

    Employees are not treated as well as the customers are, too many politics, egos, and micromanagement.

    I was sold a very different experience than I found to be true once I started working here. Some of the things I was told were true (like how they treat customers and that client service is paramount), but there's more red tape, politicking, egomaniacs, and gossiping behind the scenes. My immediate team is great, but after some of the stuff I've seen, I don't trust anyone else at the bank. They say they're a "flat organization" but that's not really true - there's still a class system in the ranks. This has only gotten worse as the company has grown.

    When all is said and done, it's still a bank. Better than BofA or Wells, but maybe a bank is a bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to ferret out where things are not being done in accordance with how you preach for things to be done and people to be treated. Have more skip-levels and invite honesty with anonymity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees to work with but lots of politics with upper management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and down to earth co-workers. Less red tape, easier to get processes moving since the bank is still fairly small for the amount of business they generate.

    Cons

    Lots of kissing up to upper management. You are constantly being watched and judged whether you know it or not. Employees do at least double the work but do not necessarily get paid for it compared to other banks. Technology is getting better but still lags behind some competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FRB has had a reputation of being a small private bank that values each employee. This is becoming less and less apparent as the bank is grows.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Definitely In or out of the group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Location.Some great people, if you actually get to meet them

    Cons

    Not much growth. A little stuck in the 80s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging. But this comes from the top and seems to be at every large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    FRB is a great place to work if you are complacent, but...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst/Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst/Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I have worked for 3 departments at the bank and I've been lucky to have very laidback, supportive managers -- however, not everyone at the bank has a great manager. Other pros include:

    - Eagles Cafe
    - If you like to drink and party, you'll love it here
    - Compensation in some departments are generous (other departments are underpaid)
    - Flexible work schedule -- again, only in some departments
    - Strong customer service
    - Great marketing

    FRB is a great place to work if you are complacent - but for highly motivated individuals who want upward mobility, there are better opportunities.

    Cons

    - Stagnant jobs, unchanged career path, little room for growth
    - Not many well rounded employees -- maybe not in all departments
    - The work is not stimulating, a lot of data entry or work that requires little/no thought
    - Office politics and mediocre employees
    - People are quick to throw you under the bus
    - Lack/absent of knowledge, management, and leadership skills from Senior Management
    - Poor organization structure and no processes in place
    - OT may get rejected
    - Gossip and drama

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better managers and executives, develop young employees, and encourage feedback from your team

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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