First Niagara Financial

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Lies, Lies, Lies

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in Buffalo, NY
Current Employee - Product Manager in Buffalo, NY

I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Parties are fun, Senior Management pumps you up with motivational fluffery.

Cons

Executives, Leadership Council, and Managers can not be trusted. They promote the CULTURE as outstanding. They need to stop talking to themselves. If anyone tries to provide constructive advice or make real change - they are silenced. Look at the long list of outstanding leaders who have been let go for no reason and with no notice.

John Koelmel, the CEO is out for himself and that permeates the organization. Mr. Koelmel has FNFG pay for company events that are personal parties for him. He is a bully that is not capable of listening. As soon as someone as a different idea than his, that person is escorted from the company. I have seen it time and time again.

The lack of integrity permeates the management ranks. They make promises they do not live up to. They are dishonest people. The Management Committee members on down will tell you how great they work together and the great culture. Then behind closed doors they put themselves first - time and time again. Do not be fooled!!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The Board of Directors needs to wake up and replace all the lying, dishonest, promise-makers who take care of themselves at the expense of customers and employees.

Management and all employees - keep your resumes updated as you are all replaceable and your "teammates" are plotting your exit that could occur at any time.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    No Room for Advancement. Cutthroat, High Pressure Sales Environment

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    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Philly region

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Harleysville, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Harleysville, PA

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with daily. My vacation and flexibility since my supervisor was in Buffalo.

    Cons

    They lay people off left and right.
    They don't know the market they got into when they bought Harleysville National Bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your market and stop putting fluff in your employees ears about the culture and how great it is. Not really that great if you're laying off employees all the time. If they would have done proper due diligence they wouldn't need to lay good people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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