First American

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Good family environment, but a lot of uncertainty

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Vice President  in  Santa Ana, CA
Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Ana, CA

Pros

Good retirement benefits like 401(k) and ESPP, a lot of "HR" type programs and medical benefits. Management seems very progressive now in the face of a changing real estate market.

Cons

A lot of uncertainty around jobs. Everyone walks around waiting for the other shoe to drop. Decisions on who stays and who gets laid off are sometimes illogical.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your employees are your strongest asset, from the lowest examiner to middle management. It's no secret that the highest executives are getting tremendous RSU and other bonus type packages while lower level employees are getting very little if anything.

Recommends
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Other reviews for First American

  1.  

    First American = recommended

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    It is a solid business that is generally well-managed. The company has a long history of success and growth and I believe that senior management genuinely has the best interests of the employees in mind. There is a pretty good adherence by management to an "open door" policy, and new ideas are always welcome.

    Cons

    The business is subject to the cycles of the mortgage market, and thus is currently in a belt-tightening mode. There is an increased push to move jobs offshore, and this has created a sense of unease among the workforce. Frequent restructuring of business units makes it difficult to get a sense of the company being settled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While restructuring to face changes in the business environment is to be expected, you eventually have to put the tools down and let the machine run for a bit. In more plain terms, too much change can be counterproductive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    First American... AKA "First to downsize in America"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Ana, CA

    Pros

    If you want a "Big Company " name on your resume, this is a great place to start. There are plenty of great opportunities for the right person, if you are willing to apply yourself. Employee morale is just like any other place - you either fit in or you don't. I will say that they have great benefits.

    Cons

    Way too top-heavy. Since it is a fast paced environment, management frowns upon excessive time off. Of course by excessive, I mean more than 3 or 4 days off in a row. There is A LOT of nepotism throughout mid-level management and above. The work / life balance is not that great. Many times you are asked to work late and on the weekends for no additional pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about doing what you say you are going to do and stop treating people like numbers.

    Approves of CEO
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