Bank of the West

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Bank of the West Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 197 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Bank of the West Chairman & CEO J. Michael Shepherd

J. Michael Shepherd

(103 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at the company(in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, most of the employees are friendly and helpful(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • the bank has a very old school way still(in 7 reviews)

  • Senior Management and Executives have no compassion towards teammate growth(in 7 reviews)

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    Good for contractor, and temporary visa holder.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Ramon, CA

    ProsIf someone is living near San Ramon, commute could be convenient.
    If someone does not have a job it is a good place to work.

    ConsSalary is very very less compare to market in IT
    I don't recommend my friends.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need extensive training to behave professionally with the diversify staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Terrible experiences starting my first week.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are awesome, good opportunities to move around

    ConsSales goal is kinda high, managers offer negative training as in only pointing out what you're doing wrong, lots and lots of changes, new policies come out every month

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out better training procedures, there is very little training as to how to reach your sales goal

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    1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at BOTW for almost 5 years and enjoyed 90% of my time there

    supervisor and mbd processor (Former Employee)

    ProsI enjoyed the people I worked with and the company as a whole - benefits are good and the location worked great for me

    ConsHard to move up to management when you have worked within for a long time ... Management is usually hired externally vs. internally and if by chance you do get promoted from within your pay raise is very minimal (being promoted is mainly based on who knows who vs. experience and/or qualifications )

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and focus on the skill sets and qualifications of an employee who posts for an internal position vs. who you're friends with

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    Bank of the West is a great place to work.

    Personal Banker (Former Employee) Cherry Creek East, CO

    ProsI really enjoyed woring at Bank of the west. They truely care about thier employees and how they feel. There is plently of room for advancement.

    ConsThe constant pressure of selling bank products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise the sales incentive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosyou get to work from home

    Consold technology, banking regulations, many managers, old ways of doing things, takes weeks too get anything done, too man meetings

    1 person found this helpful  

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    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Mission Viejo, CA

    ProsWell Estabished company, loyal clients

    ConsOut dated, staff members "going through the motions" with respect to their job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvance Technology. Get a bigger footprint

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    Old school banking culture

    Vice President (Current Employee) San Ramon, CA

    ProsGood work-life balance, esp for a bank

    ConsSome people do not pull their weight; lack of big bank ambition

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are one of the senior executives' favorite then this is a great place even if you don't have the skills.

    ConsStressful and hostile work environment. Too much politics and no diversity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should focus on employees morale and help them with their careers. There's too much lip service and not much work done to keep employees happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience because of the people I work with.

    Credit Analyst (Current Employee) Reno, NV

    ProsLearned a lot about analyzing company financials and standard banking, underwriting, documentation processes and procedures.

    ConsThe starting salary was lower than market, and raises are limited to a certain % each year, despite your contributions to the bank and successful completion of additional education and/or Bank training programs. In addition, the bank tends to bring in outside talent and overlooks internal candidates for positions, which results in no real career progression or promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a chance on internal employees for positions as opposed to bringing in outside talen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, good pay

    Accounting Control Examiner (Former Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsAbove average pay, good insurance

    ConsDecision makers are in California

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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