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Typical Banking Environment

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Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Relatively small bank compared with others

Cons

It is still a bank

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bank of the West full-time

    Pros

    Slow work environment with lower sales goals.

    Cons

    Downside is also slow work environment as barely any walk-in customer traffic. Many outbound calling throughout every work day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has to stop hiring inexperience branch managers for their branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid bank that needs revamping

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

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Legitimate opportunities to grow within certain areas of banking. In my experience it is possible to grow within your department, however, changing disciplines is almost impossible. This is a great organization if you need a first banking experience. There is a strong emphasis on customer experience however, this is changing and at quite a rapid pace.

    Cons

    The bank is always willing to hire from within for positions but they do it strictly in the self interest of paying much less than they would for an outside hire. Unless your objective is to move into a purely commissioned position there is no point in working from the ground up. The training is quite pitiful, you learn on the fly. The emphasis is changing from customer service to sales; this is surely tied to the hiring of a lot of ex-Wells Fargo employees. No mobility between BOTW and BNP and its affiliates. I've had good and bad manager experiences. The company is going through major growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clear and concise vision of what the bank should be; come up with a plan to implement it and execute it. The bank has some identity issues, it is unclear whether it is more community credit union style bank or a larger bank like Wells, Chase, or BoA. Is it a global bank or a small community bank? The bank preaches that it is global with the BNP connection but there are no advantages between the two on the retail or small business side.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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