Washington Mutual Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Worked in finance.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Mutual

    Pros

    Worked with some very smart and talented people.

    Cons

    The environment was passive aggressive at times.

  2. The days went fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Mutual

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very busy all the time

    Cons

    Very political with regional office

    Advice to Management

    More time off

  3. Decent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Mutual full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They were always changing things up, good or bad, depending on how much you like change. Tried to be costumer-centric. Held quarterly meetings to give employees the state of the company and keep them informed. Decent salaries and benefits, held annual employee appreciation events

    Cons

    When we got by JPMC, although at least we got decent layoff packages and job services.

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  5. Short, mostly sweet.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Local, professional, upward career opportunities.

    Cons

    Working at HQ (big). Oh, and it failed.

  6. Fair

    Former Employee - Teller in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teller in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Washington Mutual part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Washington mutual was a great place for a college student pursuing a business degree to start a career in a business environment, specifically in finance or economics. They were well structured and had proper training for individuals, regardless of their role, to succeed in their job.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company. It appeared as if seniority took precedence to talent. My Branch Manager was an assistant for 16 years before she got a shot to run her own branch.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hostile takeover

  7. Overall , it was a good experience

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    Former Employee - Default Collections Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Default Collections Specialist in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I like the work hours, the training, and the team of people I worked with (both employee and management).

    Cons

    Part of my job was to collect from people that were going through some major hardships, i.e. loss of home , loss of a love one, and/or personal despair. That made it difficult to process my job.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Crazy but fun

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    Former Employee - Senior Technology Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technology Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to learn, plenty of opportunity. Lots of collaboration and the chance to work on completely new projects. I really enjoyed my time there, and learned a TON. Plenty of opportunity to work with senior management closely, if you were working on strategically aligned projects.

    Cons

    Absolutely crazy as everything crashed... no work/life balance, disregard for long term business reality in pursuit of short term immediate financial gain.

  9. Great salary but dishonest management and bad loans = disaster

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    Former Employee - Senior Loan Underwriter in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Loan Underwriter in Clark, NJ

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    great salary and benefits...easy work flow if your organized

    Cons

    management was more concerned with meeting quotas

  10. crazy fun times at work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington Mutual

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    got to wear a suit

    Cons

    got to wear a suit all the time

  11. It's a job, not a career

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    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Despite some interesting growth opportunities, I'd call it a job and not a career. Decent pay, high turnover. Upper movement determined on office politics rather than merit. But I suppose that's true at many places.

    Cons

    Upper management pushes some questionable growth numbers. Is it possible for a small branch to open 100+ new accounts in a month? Definitely. Are those accounts really needed and necessary in a small community? Probably not.

    Advice to Management

    A mission statement should be a mission statement, not a PR device to brainwash employees and consumers alike into thinking poor money management, big fees, and behavior inconsistent with said mission statement.

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