Bremer Financial Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Great company with local control

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement as Bremer seems to do a lot of promoting from within. It is owns by a nonprofit foundation, which is a unique value added.

    Cons

    Still lagging in some technology, but it is steadily improving over time.


  2. Commercial Banker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bremer Financial full-time

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on customer relationships

    Cons

    Regional bank with locations in only three states.


  3. Good intentions, gone bad

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Generous Holiday/Personal Time Off (when allowed to use)

    Cons

    Cut-throat environment brought in by new executive leadership looking to milk every drop from each employee until they shrivel up and die and replace with bottom dollar outsourced contractors. There was once a time when Bremer was about fostering a healthy workplace atmosphere and encouraged growth and a positive work/life balance. There was a strong commitment to community service and personal development. That has all changed for the worse over the last several years, now employees are fleeing to other banks and exiting the financial sector completely due to the change in management. Walmart treats their employees with more respect than the current Bremer leadership. Way too many short-sighted and uninformed decisions being made at the expense of morale and career development. This is the place to burn out if you're up for an intense and short unrewarding place to work, this is it.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck repairing your image. This cut-throat approach taken from the playbook of Accenture and Best Buy is a costly one. Obviously the research was either ignored or not done into the success of Accenture's outsourcing, otherwise you would not have brought in all of the rejects from that effort to mimic Best Buy's failures.


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  5. Pretty good

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

    I worked at Bremer Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility culture values benefits fast paced

    Cons

    When they find a good fit for you, they want to keep you there. Not as much support for career development as I wanted but with recent acquisitions and growth, perhaps that will be different going forward.

    Advice to Management

    Support employee growth


  6. Helpful (2)

    Brener

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

    I worked at Bremer Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Give back to some communities

    Cons

    Poor management at the local level, Poor pay for CSA's who are usually the one's customers first deal with, no room for advancement, lack in technology.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to listen to suggestions. They may say the door is open but they really don't listen. They only see and hear what they want to.


  7. Overall my experience working at this company is good

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are basically very friendly, small company feel.

    Cons

    The compensation isn't the best, but it's good.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest having more diversity in the management ranks.


  8. Profits go to Bremer Foundation, then returned to communities through grants to local non-profits. Who else does that?

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere, decent pay. Majority owned by non-profit Otto Bremer Foundation, so profits return to communities through grants to local non-profits.

    Cons

    I know personnel matters are confidential, but people seem to disappear frequently with no explanation to staff or customers.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    employer-employee relations need improvement

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial

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

    Pros

    volunteer opportunities are abundant and encouraged

    Cons

    client-facing employees are undervalued. management does not promote working as a team. some longstanding managers in Lake Elmo are incapable or lazy. numerous areas can be improved upon but there is little to no action.

    Advice to Management

    make some rounds. ask questions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good environment but no room for advancement

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

    I have been working at Bremer Financial part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and there is a great sense of community within the company

    Cons

    I have been working here for three years as a teller and applied for a personal banker position. I thought it would be an easy transition and an easy way to advance my career as I just recently graduated college however, I did not get the job. Another women got the job that worked in a bank for one year almost 5 years ago. It made me feel under valued as an employee and not very important.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, very boring work

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

    I worked at Bremer Financial 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

    great work/life balance, no stress

    Cons

    pay is very poor, no advancement opportunities, very bureaucratic and hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    don't just advance based on age/great ideas doesn't just come from veteran employees, give responsibility to others



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