Canadian Western Bank
3.0 of 5 11 reviews
www.cwbank.com Edmonton, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

Canadian Western Bank Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014
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3.0 11 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

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Christopher H. Fowler

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I am proud to be a Canadian Western Bank employee!

Corporate Office (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCWB is one of the finest organizations I have ever had the great pleasure to work for! The people who work here create a positive, welcoming environment which makes it easy to come to work each day.

ConsWe are a growing company experiencing lots of change and advancement which some times makes it a bit difficult to keep up. However change is required to move forward and the organization does a great deal to help all the employees through the change.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

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

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I worked at Canadian Western Bank

ProsBenefits, decent pay, well known company

ConsPoor leadership, lack of technology

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An amazing company to work for with endless career advancement opportunities! Also, allows me work life balance.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLeadership, people and cluture. Corporate office is in Western Canada.

ConsNo bad things to say.

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

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Very comfortable atmosphere

Developer (Former Employee)

I worked at Canadian Western Bank full-time for more than a year

ProsCWB is extremely focused on work-life balance, team building and hiring from within.

ConsSalaries are not up to par with standards.

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

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NEVER JOIN CANADIAN WESTERN TRUST

Trust Administrator (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at Canadian Western Bank full-time for less than a year

ProsNone and nothing exciting. You will regret

ConsHorrible management in CWT. No training. Basically you were left on your own. Once you made a mistake, they left you to resolve the problems. No explanation - Basically they will look you down.

Beware - Senior colleague will yell at you.

Beware - A particular manager will leave document on your chair rather than ur desk when that manager don't like you.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be intimidated by your top performing staff.
Managers doesn't even know what they were doing. Maybe all the Directors should be dismissed and replaced.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice people but there are problems...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time for less than a year

ProsRSP matching program, employee share purchase program.

ConsWide range of salaries. No Christmas bonus, no pension. Most salaries below market rates.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood old boys club alive and well, thank you very much.

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

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Become a top performer and than apply elsewhere.

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I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time

Pros- excellent health and dental benefits
- Wellness benefit including a Balance Day for an additional day off
- supportive management (one up)
- good salary
- good team environment

Cons- higher level of management (branch level) does not understand how the retail bank works and how to make it successful
- too small and therefore too slow to react to the marketplace that they compete in
- limited advancement opportunities
- no performance based bonus
- under achieving employees are coddled and not coached to perform
- inability to retain top performers

Advice to Senior ManagementInitiate performance based bonuses or else you will never be able to retain top performers. There ARE better opportunities elsewhere.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people, great benefits, great employment opportunities and helpful managers.,

ConsCompensation could be a little bit better.

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

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Branch and Regiona Management is Misguided

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank

ProsWorking in the branches is good with good people

ConsBranch and regional managers and not good leaders, they have littel forsight to coach and grow their teams.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A highly autocratic and non transparent organization at a crossroads in its core banking business.

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHighy comprehensive junior management training program.
Quite broad benefits package.
Generally responsive and responsible lower and mid level staff.
No expectations on staff to relocate or advance position.
Performance goals easily attainable.
Collection of generally pleasant people to work with.

ConsBelow industry pay levels, particularly bonuses. No pension plan.
Premature promotion of younger staff lacking sufficient experience combined with corporate reluctance to remove underachievers.
Corporate inability to retain high level performers because of limited progression opportunities and off market compensation.
Corporate inertia from a top down approach that fails to incorporate new processes and ideas from staff.
Lack of clarity on staffing promotions, with odors of favouritism and worse.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a crying need to upgrade the professionalism of the entire organization to remain somewhat competitive and relevant in the market.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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