First American Bank

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First American Bank Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
11 Reviews
2.5
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall it is a decent opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First American Bank

    Pros

    Work Environment, Co-workers, Hours, Decent salary

    Cons

    Overall growth, locations, politics, incentive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If your over 40 and want to advance think elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at First American Bank (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customers are great. This is bank that cares about keeping a relationship with its customers Extensive training program big plus.

    Cons

    Pressure to up-sell and get new business is high. This causes tension between co-workers resulting in a dog eat dog day. Always moving around staff just when they get accustomed to current branch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why not to promote from within instead of hiring all these new management trainees just out of school. . Better yet if it's felt you need the young blood keep them in a branch and let them grow at that branch instead of moving them around every few months. This is very stressful on the employees and customers as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First American Bank full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities outside of retail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 Jobs for the price of 1.5

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at First American Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Impeccable Training: Knowledge-wise for Banking, you become the equivalent of an ABM/BM at other banks

    Cons

    The Pay: What they don't tell you is that you're not just a PB. You're customer service, you're a loan officer, you're a small business banker, and so on and so on. But your "title" is only Personal Banker so you get paid slightly better than the average banker for doing three times as much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although your business model is fantastic by banking 30-50K on every employee because most banks pay three separate humans where you pay one. For those who understand that they're getting shafted, they're not going to stay very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tedious Training Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First American Bank

    Pros

    If you're the type of person who just wants to get by in life, this is the place for you. Just show up.

    Cons

    The company offers little in terms of personal and professional growth. Overall, the company is way out of the times and has no sense of the technology growth occurring in the banking industry right now. They say they have the best customer service, but so does every other bank on the block. Overall, the organization is very bureaucratic. Maybe 1 of 10 people I met at the company I was glad to have as a co-worker. Most are miserable and specifically told me they don't like their jobs and wish they had left years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees actually enjoy their job, it will be easier for them to make sales. Provide a more genuine atmosphere rather than fake smiles or no smiles at all. Invest more in technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a company that values employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First American Bank full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The loan department managment was very helpful and understanding with career path

    Cons

    The middle management is awful along with upper management.
    They did not promote within. I experience favouritism by certain managers.
    They do not compete with pay or benefits
    Was told “Your lucky you have a job when so many people are looking”

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure middle management.
    Determine pay raise base on workload
    Make up for past 0 pay raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I worked at First American Bank

    Pros

    Some of the customers are nice. The hours you worked at the branch were nice. Many holidays off. Thats it.

    Cons

    Everything. Poor management at the upper level. Sales and no compensatiion for it. No incentive for selling just something your expected to do and nothing to show for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and they will stick around and reward you. If you want people to sell make it worth their while. Consant sales pitches cause customers to leave so be careful about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    First American Bank - Responsive Management with a long term business plan

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I have been working at First American Bank

    Pros

    Due to a streamlined organizational structure, Sr. management as well as ownership is accessible and extremely responsive to changing market conditions with a long term track record of strong business ethics. Additionally they have a long term outlook on their business which provides stability over the increasing quarterly focus of larger organizations. They have provided long term growth opportunities for employees at all levels fostering a high level of loyalty.

    Cons

    Recently the organization seems to have taken the dedication of their long term employees for granted with diminishing recognition of individual achievement or rewards for innovation,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set aside more time to thank individual employees all levels for extraordinary effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    good one for the beginners

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    Current Employee - Associate Personal Banker in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Personal Banker in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at First American Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    only 8 hrs work...no tension.

    Cons

    same process...no growth . u will get bored doing it again and again after a year ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can do better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    A very professional work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First American Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours and location were convenient

    Cons

    Manager I reported to was not very supportive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review how upper management is relating to people who report to them

    Recommends

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