First Republic (CA) Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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First Republic (CA) Chairman and CEO James H. Herbert II
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Pros
  • Co-workers are extremely competent and focused on customer service both internal and external (in 6 reviews)

  • The subsidized cafe is a fun perk (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • can be difficult to manage a work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Budget cuts interfere with department goals while upper management continues to pressure for results (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    Never a Dull Moment: High Growth, Fast Paced, Meritocracy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people. I am fortunate to work with some truly amazing people who are incredibly smart and experienced and who have high standards for themselves, work hard, enjoy what they do and know how to have fun. I get to work with people who have a passion for service, enjoy doing the right thing and have a desire to help others. The culture. There is a shared belief in the importance in and value of collaboration, the team, responsibility, trust, empowerment and accountability. The pace. One of our values is quite literally reflective of how we operate: move fast, move forward. This creates a work day filled with a lot of activity and I enjoy being busy, having a lot to do and working in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a job or a company that is focused on a 9 to 5 work day, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain an ‘open-door’ policy. Further the efforts to visit other offices outside of SF. Promote the importance of the continued maintenance of the unique and collaborative service culture that is First Republic.


  2. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Understanding about family and issues that arise. Work here.

    Cons

    No cons to specifics. Work hard and yiu will do well. Cons with any job are to work hard. Work hard!!!

    Advice to Management

    No advice keep doing wgAt you are doing. Work hard and get rewarded that is what life is all about


  3. Great Place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, positive people, strategic, fun place to work

    Cons

    Its a growing organization and still trying to figure out the processes to keep it moving quickly and everyone communicating

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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  5. Great bank to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Due to its smaller size, First republic bank has a really great work culture and I enjoy coming in to work everyday.

    Cons

    Nothing yet that I can see

    Advice to Management

    Promote internally instead of constantly seeking to add outside talent/


  6. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is growing so does the employees. It's a fast pass work environment if you like to be challenged.

    Cons

    At times it feels a bit overwhelming and stressful

    Advice to Management

    Some areas need to be reviewed and make adjustment


  7. Helpful (2)

    Excellent place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well respected bank Inexpensive Wolfgang puck restaurant on site Good benefits Excellent HR department Internal departmental awards Trustworthy management Very stable bank-low risk, doing really well Stock purchase plan 401 K with matching 3 weeks vacation starting out as FTE. Excellent referral program for internal employees ($10,000 per referral, $25k for certain positions.) 9-5, rotating on call for IT Respectful of employees Willing to spend money on IT IT is a priority in the Bank.

    Cons

    Bloated bureaucracy in some ways. Information Security department is everywhere and really unhelpful and nasty to work with IT and Bank "high" priorities and projects change frequently

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your priorities and don't shift them all over the place, a new ones for IT and the bank every 6 months.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Senior Credit Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Growing company, advancement opportunities, great brand, learning opportunities

    Cons

    Overtime culture, 3 weeks PTO until management


  9. Helpful (1)

    Love it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    First Republic Bank provide it's client with world class service. The company is growing rapidly and steady.

    Cons

    Technology is slow and not as advance as where it should be. There are always room to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better technology


  10. Helpful (1)

    Extremely rewarding experience.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    First Republic Bank offers a truly different "experience" to employees and customers. Their high level of customer service goes hand-in-hand with their dedication to establishing a culture of fun and wellness for employees. The founding members of the bank are committed to maintaining a foundation of corporate integrity, fiscal responsibility and continued growth and success. I had the pleasure of working for an SVP who is truly beloved by so many employees because of his integrity, intellect, banking knowledge and overall authenticity.

    Cons

    With growth in many departs, other departs have had to function with limited growth (i.e.some tech teams). The IS dept. members are great, but at times stretched thin (but still somehow manage to keep good attitudes). The IS dept,, esp.those skilled in telecom equipment, should be expanded in order to maintain the great team already on hand. More can be done to enhance mentoring and training for EAs & admins--however, I'm positive that will come.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire and maintain great people. Enhance the telecom team and continue providing the stellar service the clients love about FRB.


  11. Director, Private wealth management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Client centered company who truly understand what clients need and how to follow through with results. All divisions are integrated and cross selling of businesses is a natural process. Overall, vast majority of the employees create and maintain a great culture in which to generate and grow business!

    Cons

    Somewhat limited support in terms of client service. Feeling of being stretched too thin, but what Companies employees don't feel this way?

    Advice to Management

    Actively engage with non-producers who are on the front lines and who are dealing with clients. Put more emphasis on increasing resources in growing regions. This will directly result in even more growth of the specific region - do not box all divisions together. Some specific areas within the firm require more resources to service clients. A Wealth management client with $1million in assets, for example, requires different attention and resources than a client with $1mil in a bank checking account



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