Westamerica – Why Work For Us?

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About Westamerica

Westamerica Bancorporation is the holding company for Westamerica Bank, a regional community bank providing consumer and commercial finance through more than 90 offices throughout Northern and Central California. First chartered in 1884, we've grown into one of the most stable community banks in the nation, and the seventh largest bank headquartered in California.

A Proven Past – A Strong Financial Future

Westamerica Bancorporation maintains exceptional asset quality, and our capital ratios exceed regulatory standards for "well-capitalized" companies. Our outstanding loan quality, loan loss reserve, earnings, and capital ratios place us among the top-performing financial institutions in the nation for financial health and safety. Westamerica receives continued recognition by analysts as a very healthy community banking company. Independent bank rating agencies, including Findley Reports and Veribanc, consistently reaffirm their positive ratings. In fact, Veribanc has awarded us their "Blue Ribbon" in recognition of our safety, soundness and financial strength. Our senior management team has been a steady force, attesting to our clear, consistent direction and long-term stability. Our stock is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol WABC.

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Community Investments

As one of the leading financial institutions in the Northern and Central California areas, Westamerica Bancorporation recognizes its responsibility not only to provide the highest quality banking services to the citizens of our communities, but also to improve the quality of life of the communities we serve.

We pride ourselves in investing a portion of earned income back into the communities which we serve. One of the ways we do this is through contributions to locally based nonprofit organizations providing programs or services in the following areas: health and human services, education, the arts, and civic affairs.

Community Development

At Westamerica, our employees understand the complexity of special community development projects and have the capabilities to make these projects successful! If you have a project in mind, come to any of our branches and we will be pleased to help you.

Westamerica Bank takes pride in the contributions made to its communities through its community development lending programs. We have provided funding to build new schools, affordable housing, and rehabilitate the infrastructure of towns and cities throughout Northern and Central California. These projects enhance and make a tangible contribution to our communities.

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Our Mission Statement
As one of the leading financial institutions in the Northern and Central California areas, Westamerica Bank recognizes its responsibility not only to provide the highest quality banking services to the citizens of our communities, but also to improve the quality of life of the communities we serve.

We pride ourselves in investing a portion of earned income back into the communities which we serve. One of the ways we do this is through contributions to locally based nonprofit organizations providing programs or services in the following areas: health and human services, education, the arts, and civic affairs.

Categories and Criteria
Within each of the program areas, there are specific categories to which preference will be given.

Health and Human Services
• Promote housing opportunities.
• Provide programs for the underprivileged.
• Promote access to services.
• Promote health care education for seniors or minorities.
• Provide effective programs in socio-medical diseases such as alcoholism, drug abuse or stress.
• Assist those with physical handicaps.

Education
• Support basic curriculums on a district-wide level in K-12 schools versus individual schools.
• Promote literacy, especially with adults and within minority communities.

The Arts
• Proposals from organizations operating in the fields of the performing and visual arts that are based in our banks’ assessment areas.

Civic Affairs
• Address social problems faced by youth, minorities, the elderly, women and the disabled.
• Support of various community events. 

Relationship Based Culture

At Westamerica, we believe people are the first impression of any business. That’s why we locate, recruit & hire the best people at all levels of the organization. We provide the training & expertise to be competitive in today’s market. We provide autonomy while running their businesses. In turn, this cultivates responsibility & accountability. Most importantly, we recognize them for outstanding performance. Products & technology cannot provide promises, people can. We believe our people from various backgrounds & cultural diversity will outperform our competitors because they care more while having fun doing it. Culture is the key to any successful organization & Westamerica is where it can start for you.

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    Pros

    The best thing about working here were the relationships that I made. Learned many skills that helped beef up my resume. Also, learned how to deal with real life financial situation and how to deal with customers.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits. Very expensive and not enough options were offer for people who pro-health. Because a considerable amount of the folks have medical issues/situations it seems that the people who are healthy have to pay higher premium with the majority just because this is the best the company can do.

    Advice to Management

    Know who your hard workers are and please take good care of them. Know who your lazy workers are and please kick them to the curb. If you think it's better to keep to avoid legal/what ever drama you think will happen. Just do the department a favor and get rid of them. They are sucking the life out of the department.


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    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Westamerica.

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    I would never work for this company!! Went through several interviews for a CSM position in the Bay Area. Recruiters are amazing and the district manager is an awesome person, however the regional manager is an older person stuck with a 1950's mentality. Mind you I have over 10 years experience as an accomplished manager she was stuck on the fact that I had changed banks 3 times in a 10 year time frame. The process was 6 months because they couldn't make up their minds. I'm so glad I didn't join them, I just wished I didn't waste all this time!!

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Additional Info

Website www.westamerica.com
Headquarters San Rafael, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1972
Type Company - Public (WABC)
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Annie get your checkbook? Maybe not as wild as Buffalo Bill's West, but Westamerica Bancorporation still shoots high with its subsidiary Westamerica Bank. The bank operates about 100 branches in Northern and Central California. It offers individuals and businesses such standard fare as checking and savings accounts, as well as electronic banking, trust services, and credit cards. It focuses on the banking needs of small businesses; business loans and commercial mortgages together account for more than half of the company's loan portfolio. Westamerica Bank ... More

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