First Busey

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First Busey Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
16 Reviews
3.6
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Busey provides valuable experience to employees and offers room for growth within.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    Hires from within, good incentives for reaching sales goals, upper management is very involved with employees, good benefits, a comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    The pay is low in comparison to other banks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider an annual bonus for ALL employees regardless of status in b5 and raising pay to match other banking institutions in our area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Well.. it is okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Mid-managers are nice and friendly. Pay is average. There is a room for upward movement. Plus, they offer a lot of training to make sure that you can deliver what Busey asks you to do.

    Cons

    Working could be intimidating. Mid management, unlike mid-managers, focus on being very aggressive to their customer, which brings some of pressure to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Tellers were constantly asked to do more than what was necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They cannot make up their mind of what they want to be.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

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

    Pros

    The company like to lend based on character rather than only credit metrics which is good for marginal credits. They truly value relationships.

    Cons

    If you do not come from the area there are no real opportunities for growth. You will not be trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open mind an try not to use nepotism for making decisions. There are other ways and other people who can help. There are other ways to grow the business not just cost cutting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    It's a good place to start, you'll learn a lot, but you do have to put your best out there to be recognized. If you do just as much as it is expected, probably you'll be just ok. I suggest to do beyond what is expected for your position and establish a good reputation within your department and outside of it.
    It matters a lot who is your direct supervisor. You need to have an open communication relationship with your manager. He or she is the one that can help you grow and they will help you if you show them you want and you can do all it's requested and more.

    Cons

    Low pay for new starting employees. However, you can grow with time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a strategy and follow through. Strategy changes can confuse people and make them anxious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Needs a lot of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL

    I worked at First Busey part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Direct deposit payments are on time. USUALLY.
    - Good hours
    - Benefits packages for FT employees

    Cons

    - Management is unresponsive; they play favorites and ignore those who aren't in their social work circle.
    - Lowest paying bank.
    - HR department is rude and impersonal.
    - Big wigs at the company cut employee pay so they can remodel their offices at HQ building. Blame economy.
    - For same reason as above, look for small reasons to fire some employees to make up for costs of remodeling
    - Various security issues and often involved in many scams and security loopholes.
    - Very little room to grow, expect it to be a dead-end job for most positions unless you are in the social circles.
    - Don't fall for the "Busey Promise" scheme; no one follows it, and it's just inner-company propaganda to keep you hush-hush about the low pay and make you work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize you are a small-town community bank, but professionalism is key. You need to leave the social-circle mentality out of the equation, and hire people based on merit rather than "your friends" or "who you know." Also, management should reconsider freezing employee pays and accusing the economy for it, whilst spending company funds for lavish office remodeling and unnecessary expenditures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I will always be thankful for my experience at Busey!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Online Banker in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Online Banker in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Great hours, easy to earn incentives, Busey REALLYcares about their customers

    Cons

    Low base pay, poor data entry department, newsletters will give misleading information and give out customer support's phone number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review your system for updating customer's information

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent company...but a long road ahead

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

    I worked at First Busey

    Pros

    great coworkers, community involvement, work/life balance

    Cons

    low pay, micromanagement of employees, layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick a direction for the company and stick with it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    wonderful balance between work and life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Team Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Investment Team Intern in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at First Busey part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    many nice people
    good company culture
    clear goal

    Cons

    salary is not high for entry-level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been a very positive place to work

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

    I have been working at First Busey

    Pros

    The sense of family you get from working here.
    benefits are good.

    Cons

    Cost of living raises would help out.
    realizing talent within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to helping staff know what is going on. It's very hit and miss currently.

  11.  

    Great!

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

    I worked at First Busey

    Pros

    Great treatment to people who works there

    Cons

    Salary is a bit lower than other banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have better execution of planning before implementing any new strategy

    Recommends

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