California Bank & Trust Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. An old fashion bank in a new era

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is better than most banks if you're experienced. The hours are 9-5 Monday through Thursday. The bank seems to really care about their customers

    Cons

    Outdated way of doing things. It is very clique-y place to work.


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    This Bank is very customer relationship oriented. You have the time to really get to know your client and their needs and recommend solutions based on those needs.

    Cons

    The benefits could be better but are still competitive.


  3. Good work if you can take corporate bureaucracy with a grain of salt

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very open to hiring contractors, lots of work to go around. Worked with a great team of people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy typical of the corporate environment. Many are overwhelmed with work. Many different personalities and egos to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    See your workforce as people and work to their strengths.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Customer Service Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training departament, nothing good other than that

    Cons

    Company rather hire employees for higher positions like management from from the outside instead of promoting with in ... A lot of employees here have been in same position over 5 years you got 80 year old ladies still working that's a shame


  6. Specialist I

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A great company to work with.

    Cons

    I have no downsides for California Bank and Trust


  7. Helpful (5)

    Minor league bank trying to compete with the big strong name banks

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at California Bank & Trust full-time

    Pros

    I sincerely do not have a positive comment about my experience.

    Cons

    After 30 years of working with the big national banks. I was recruited by a friend. I was extremely hesitant to move, I did. The biggest mistake . They promised that it was all about "customer relationships". It was all about selling widgets, just like the big banks. They do not have name recognition, they do not understand credit underwriting and credit risk. For a extremely small $50,000.00 business loan, they want everything but the kitchen sink, and in most cases they want the kitchen sink also. Most of the big banks approve these loans up to $100,000.00 no financials, with a basic online application. It is actually embarrassing to face a client with all the stipulations they require on $50,000.00 equipment business loan.

    Advice to Management

    Either understand credit risk or sell this joint


  8. Customer Service Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It enables you to take on more responsibility and gain more experience which could hopefully benefit you in exploring other options within the bank. Another great part is the elimination of referral goals which were required when being a teller. Although it's obviously still encouraged, it lightens the load in my opinion. Seeing that this position will eventually branch out into opening new accounts, it opens the opportunity to gain a little more incentives towards your paycheck, which is always nice. Personally, I've met some amazing people working for this bank. Granted just a select few, but they've been nothing but a delight to work with and have made day to day operations move along so much easier due to their personalities.

    Cons

    At times the position may seem a bit overwhelming as this role requires the individual to wear multiple hats within the branch. You may find yourself being pulled in several different directions, whether it's through the operational or new accounts side. Politics. Plan and simple. I understand that it is the financial industry and at times this industry requires it, but some individuals take this too seriously and it effects the overall dynamic of branch operations and creates unwanted/needed negativity.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the politics, it's only going to slowly rip the branch apart. Create a positive environment for all employees and actually work together as a team to successfully complete tasks as opposed to blindly delegating them. If employees want to explore other opportunities within the bank, even outside the branch, let them. Encourage it. Nothing is more disheartening than wanting to pursue something new and in the end essentially being discouraged to.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't waste your time working at this bank!!!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are nice and the environment is clean hahah. JK

    Cons

    Low pay and horrible benefits.


  10. It's a good company to work for. Not a big bank

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

    Pros

    Great employees. Good bank not so good benefits

    Cons

    Not a place to.move up


  11. Helpful (3)

    If you're considering investing your career with CBT, start your negotiation early ($, PTO, title, etc.)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you enjoy a busy schedule, this place definitely would keep you busy, except may be if you're a teller. Like most small banks, the branches rarely have any bank customers. Still there are behind-the-scene activities that do not have direct customer contact. A good place if you want to learn, if you're young and just starting out.

    Cons

    Low pay, almost no chance for a promotion or transfer opportunity, raises that barely keep up with inflation if at all. If you're offered a position, start your negotiation right off the bat. You're not likely to get it later on. They may say to you that the salary is "fair market" and if you're considering their offer, you can still negotiate for PTO, title, stock option, etc. There is still room for flexibility on PTO, title, etc. For every rule they say are in place, there is another set of rule with selective enforcement.



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