AmericanWest Bancorporation Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. In Flux

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employees very nice and helpful, not much room for growth, trying to do right by customers but limiting options

    Cons

    No direction, need to know attitude, communication difficult when trying to reach employees in other cities., training situation difficult because employees being asked to do too much

    Advice to Management

    Value employees with experience


  2. Nothing outstanding.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Banker
    Current Employee - Personal Banker

    I have been working at AmericanWest Bancorporation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smaller bank, smaller work load. Benefits from the beginning, even for part time.

    Cons

    Smaller bank, not much room for growth. Pay is average.

    Advice to Management

    Management in my experience has been fine.


  3. uncertain work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation

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

    Pros

    There is room for advancement since the company is growing. You will have to wear many hats, and will learn new skills.

    Cons

    They are "trimming the fat" and consolidating two or three jobs into one. You will be paid far less than a similar position at another bank.


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  5. Huge expectations with little training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmericanWest Bancorporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Have had the chance to learn more skills with this company.

    Cons

    Compensation is low, demands are high, employees are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth and stop hiring ones that have no experience for middle jobs.


  6. Good pay but comes with poor management controls and unclear direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, bonus structure is competitive with other banks in the area. Great training programs, spare no expense to train their employees.

    Cons

    Senior leadership made ALL decisions. As a Branch Manager, I would need to request 4-5 Senior Leadership signatures to hire a part time 20 hour to replace a 40 hour who left. Very poor technology left people spending 5+ hours per day creating reports that should be auto populated by a computer, like any other bank their size. Communication was very poor, took months to find out goals and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Too much control over your bank does not allow any Branch Managers or Regional Managers to "run their business". There is a difference between "checks and balances" and complete control over every moving piece. If you trust people to put them in leadership roles, allow them to lead without needing your signatures on everything they do. -Joke around the branches, "I cant wait until I need the CEO's signature to order pens"


  7. Amazing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Banker
    Current Employee - Personal Banker

    I have been working at AmericanWest Bancorporation (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advancement, progression easily attainable. Fantastic core values.

    Cons

    They are buying a lot of new banks and procedures change a lot.


  8. very negative, no one even knew I was being hired or what my responsibilities were, took 2 weeks to even get on computer

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation part-time

    Pros

    Nothing, very out of date software, environment, sales culture, people, no communication with co workers

    Cons

    Nothing, very out of date software, environment, sales culture, people, no communication with co workers, took 2 weeks to even get access to computer system

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and get more up to date


  9. Typical Bank

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation 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

    Wanting to grow to provide more locations for customers

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't communicate well with each other and the information getting passed down the chain is diluted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with each other with the goal in mind of helping both sides of the bank, commercial and residential.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Team Enviorment

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    Former Employee - Financial Center Manager in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Center Manager in Spokane, WA

    I worked at AmericanWest Bancorporation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to move forward in corporation, Confidence in Management to do their job.

    Cons

    Not enough support in rural communities



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