First Niagara Financial

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No Room for Advancement. Cutthroat, High Pressure Sales Environment

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Allentown, PA
Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Allentown, PA

I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great Benefits. 100% coverage. Decent vacation package.

Cons

Management plays favorites from top down.
Fired some people for "policy violations" but not others for same "violations".
Cutthroat environment.
"Diversity" value prevents the company from firing under-performing employees"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get your act together or I wouldn't be surprised to see reverse discrimination lawsuits on the horizon.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Professional in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is fairly decent though there are some slugs who are way over paid.

    Cons

    Management by fear. CEO is a bully, and other senior people are intimidated by him. He's a dictator. A lot of scared and angry people running the joint. Joyless place to come into every day. Like a morgue. CEO too emotional, not steady. Makes decisions to grow so he can lap up the attention. HSBC acquisition was a mistake. Growing too much - chaos ensues. Because of fear culture, and the chaos from growing too fast, everyone plays the blame game. Most of top execs are not qualified to run a bank this size. Ditto for the board of directors. Amateur hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

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

    Immature

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lockport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lockport, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Top compensation for the area
    Great package overall
    Potential flex hours and emoting
    Excellent culture, at least on paper
    Decent building

    Cons

    Old technology
    Old mentality
    Poor coordination among different groups/business units
    Overall extremely immature in process, IT, etc
    Blind choice of technologies by the business
    Held together by bubble gum
    Nowhere to grab lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your direct reports, not your career aspirations

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