FirstMerit

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Qualifications won't do anything for you if Management doesn't love you

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Teller Supervisor/CRSIII
Former Employee - Teller Supervisor/CRSIII

I worked at FirstMerit full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Good work schedule
Flexible PTO
HR holds people responsible even if upper Management doesn't

Cons

-Pay is far below industry standard
-No matter how well you perform at your job, you'll be pushed out if your District Manager doesn't like you
-Incredibly difficult to learn across departments; no mentoring
-Uniforms make you look like a Catholic schoolboy
-Ultra-conservative policies and outdated systems make servicing customers efficiently challenging
-Employees are expected to go above and beyond every single day, but the company holds no loyalty to its own employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat your employees like qualified professionals, not poorly-paid mercenaries to use and abuse.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    New to Chicagoland area, nearly impossible to advance career

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

    I have been working at FirstMerit

    Pros

    Better than working for a larger bank such as bank of america. Goals that are set are not extremely impossible to reach, but they do not distinguish between a busier branch and a not so busy branch

    Cons

    Nearly impossible to advance your career. There are no openings in the chicago land area for some one that wans to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District managers should learn how to be a manager. People management skills are definitely lacking, maybe learn how to talk to people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Big Little Bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstMerit

    Pros

    The bank is pretty stable and its conservative lending has sheltered it from the brunt of the mortgage meltdown. It is aggressively expanding into new markets. The bank is growing, but is not so large that everyone is just a number.

    Cons

    Because of the way the company is expanding management and company vision is disjointed. There are conflicting expectations from various levels of management. In many ways the bank is stuck between acting like one of the big boys and retaining its small bank values. For the most part this chaos does not work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find one united goal and stick to it. Changing direction every few months makes employees very confused and does not help establish a corporate identity.

    Doesn't Recommend
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