First Financial Bancorp
2.8 of 5 13 reviews
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First Financial Bancorp Reviews

Updated Feb 9, 2014

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First Financial Bancorp President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, President, and CEO, First Financial Bank Claude E. Davis

Claude E. Davis

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp full-time for more than a year

ProsFirst Financial really cares about their clients and staff member.

ConsSome methods to promote "brand awareness" can be ridiculous, such as going door to door (if you are in to that sort of thing then this would be perfect for you).

Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to imagine what success looks like and focus on what you have been successful doing to this point.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Just when you get comfortable, things change

Head Teller (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at First Financial Bancorp full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLike working the 9-5 hours

ConsDo not like having to meet sales quotas

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Very disorganized bank

Sales Associate II (Current Employee)
North Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp full-time for less than a year

ProsLearn something everyday

A lot of great people to work with

ConsTraining is horrible.

Just don't work here.........

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your employees before you expect them to hit extreme sales goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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have worked here for too long...

Sales Associate II (Current Employee)

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp full-time for more than a year

ProsI love my co-workers. Some clients are great

Consbad hours, have to work Saturdays even though I was told I wouldn't need to. very low pay for work done. all work is about is sales, sales and more sales. have to cold call clients at least 3 hours every day. Goals for sales have gone up so high they are nearly impossible to obtain

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees. give them raises if they work hard for it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stay away from mortgage originator jobs.

Mortgage Originator (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp full-time for less than a year

ProsThey have a couple unique mortgage programs. Co-workers at the branches are pretty nice people.

ConsGood luck trying to get a loan closed. Processing is the tail wagging the dog here. If processing doesn't like your file, it costs you $300 from your commission, your file gets suspended and back to the end of the line. Mortgage originators, other than the couple with an assistant, have to fight to get any deals closed. Turnover is probably over 50% among the originators annually. Most of the branches are in low to moderate income areas so you aren't going to get decent walk in or internal referral deals. The good branches are given to favorites and those folks aren't going anywhere.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't fix your fulfillment issues by beating up your sales force.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Growing bank = potential opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at First Financial Bancorp full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSmall enough to feel friendly; some opportunities to advance, specifically in sales roles; values and culture well-defined (and a few of the key leaders promote them); incentive programs for individual and corporate performance

ConsFrequent reorganization; little interaction with senior management; poor communication; customer service varies; have let some experienced and capable people go to cut costs while letting less productive people remain

Advice to Senior ManagementLet things work before changing them. Reward and appreciate talent at all levels.

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Compliance (Former Employee)
Abilene, TX

I worked at First Financial Bancorp full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people, financially sound bank

ConsPay is a little low and vacation time is less than industry standards

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. Increase PTO.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Members of Senior Management are greedy and do not care about employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at First Financial Bancorp

ProsThe people are great; although the level of competence amongst employees has gone down significantly over the past couple of years.

ConsGreedy senior management that opted for big bonuses to forgo annual increases for all staff, including front line tellers (senior management should be REQUIRED to work in a teller window for one week at the beginning of their employment, regardless of their position). Senior management does not care about employees or the opinions of employees. Several senior managers lie on a regular basis to protect their own mistakes and inadequacies. Even if employees thought they could be honest on the extraordinarily expensive "engagement survey" (and they don't), they know that senior management does not care to improve. No work life balance. Constant "strategic initiatives" to reduce staff so employees are always on edge.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart getting out of your ivory tower and get to know staff and at least pretend to care about them and their careers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just a temporary position while finishing my MBA

Banking Center Manager (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp

ProsPretty flexible about scheduling, decent pay for that type of position, good benefits

ConsNobody knows what's best for the retail side of the bank and management doesn't seem to care

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove retail offerings to expand client base

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
El Dorado, AR

I have been working at First Financial Bancorp

ProsBetter Job for more pay

ConsManagement is only interested in thier own pockect

Advice to Senior ManagementThink of your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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