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Outstanding company but no oversight for department leadership

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

I have been working at First Republic (CA)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

This is outstanding company overall. They really deliver for their clients and Jim Herbert's vision has been phenomenal. If the leadership in your department is aligned with the values that Jim has worked so hard to establish at this company you will really enjoy working here and you will strive to provide an exceptional level of service for your clients.

Cons

In 2007 the company was sold to Merrill Lynch, which was then bought by Bank of America and did not return to brewing an independent bank until 2010. During this time a lot of effort was put into preserving the culture that Jim developed. Unfortunately so much attention was paid to this task that a few areas of the bank were taken over by leadership that to date only play lip service to Jim's vision and values. This is most pronounced in the IT and operations areas of the bank, although certainly not limited to just these two areas. Interacting with both areas has become a painful experience and turnover is such that you never know who you will be speaking to next to try to get issues resolved. It's clear that both areas have taken on a "big bank" view of how things should be and are no longer being led by people who are experts in their respective areas of control. There almost seems to be contempt for anyone that has subject matter expertise, as when you find someone knowledgable to help you they are either punished for actually helping or are fired (jealousy or making sure high level incompetence remains hidden?). It's amazing that lower level employees take the fall and the heads of these departments are allowed to sidestep any responsibility. Trying to have issues addressed makes it very clear where the problem actually lies.

Advice to Management

Hold your department leadership accountable. Take notice that responsibly is always passed down to lower level employees such as supervisors and managers that are not given the freedom to make decisions at all with no requirement for the heads of a department to explain how it is they allowed things to get to the point they are.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Mismanagement of employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company subsidized cafe. Depending on the team, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    IT is considered as a cost center and there is no a center for innovation. When you point this out to the management , they just keep procrastinating for updating technologies. The goals are always cutting cost. Every 6 months there is a re-org and email sent out to employees to quit at will with a 1 month salary as bonus. There are no long term goals or strategy for the dept. The Director of Enterprise Architecture interviews new employees and then never has time to meet/greet/and discuss what the new hires goals and objectives are for the company. He will meet you again on your last day.

    There is no work life balance AT ALL for new hires. If you object, raise a question you will be gone soon.

    They keep saying we are in a technical debt but they have 50+ applications which even the IT dept doesn't support and know off. Whoever has the money gets what they want without consulting anyone.

    Advice to Management

    The Management needs to change and be present for their employees. Set some department and employee level goals.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Nepotism = Unqualified

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Base salary and bonus opportunity are decent. Locations can be awesome depending on which office you work from. The CEO Jim Herbert is well-respected. If you're looking for a 9-5 job that won't be too challenging, this could be the place for you.

    Cons

    NEPOTISM: Many unqualified people here got internships, vendor contracts, even VP titles because of who they know or are related to.
    COMPLACENCY: Everyone around here has rose colored glasses, just assumes the best way to success is to stay exactly the same. Few people take any initiative to do new things to stir things up or take this company to the next level

    Advice to Management

    1.) Start hiring qualified people, not just your best friend's wife/daughter/nephew/etc. 2.) Offer better benefits. The best and the brightest talent require more than a paycheck. We want flexible work schedules, community giving programs, tuition reimbursement, and more. 3.) Understand that there are a lot of lazy people in the ranks who have no desire to take initiative to take this business to the next level.


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