First Niagara Financial

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First Niagara Financial Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
51 Reviews
2.4
51 Reviews
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First Niagara Financial President, CEO, and Director John R. Koelmel
John R. Koelmel
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    So so.

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

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Lunch is often provided at no cost. Recently acquired HSBC branches throughout north east. Cool logo.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up or even laterally. Some lazy people have found their way to the top. May be expanding to quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to some of the youner employees during expansion. Some of the old guard still can't scan and e-mail a document in less than 5 minutes.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Great Place to Work
    Current Employee - Great Place to Work

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    medical/dental coverage costs life insurance great 401k plan, immediate vesting for the 401k plan

    Cons

    distance between employment and home is long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I like to work here but the salary leaves much to be desired.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loan Servicer in Lockport, NY
    Current Employee - Loan Servicer in Lockport, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    The best reason for me to work at First Niagara Bank is the fact that I have 5 weeks vacation

    Cons

    The management has a major problem with letting the employees know that they are appreciated.
    Except for a Chosen few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of everybody when there are reviews, everyone needs more money not just a small percentage.

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  5.  

    One headache after another

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    decent pay for a bank and good benefits

    Cons

    lousy training and managers who do nothing but sit at their desks all day. If help is needed, I have to walk all around to find someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team leaders should actually get up once in awhile and walk around and see if anybody needs help.

  6.  

    Dissapointed

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

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

    Pros

    PLenty of work, small company, great teams to work with.

    Cons

    Management is creating a gap between them and employees. Hostile work environment. Unwilling to listen or change. Only thing that matters is looking like they are making progress. All the decissions are being made by contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change. Keep your promise of bringing work inhouse. Pick a strategy and direction and stick to the plan. See it through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disconnected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time

    Pros

    Small regional bank with good presence

    Cons

    False expectations set. Company felt unclear with its direction. Pay was not on par with similiar competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    WPA wants out!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - No Thanks in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - No Thanks in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture that is created in most branches are special and unique...for the most part and it's a job in a bad economy.

    Cons

    This place is falling apart at the seams. Terrible leadership and no direction. Employees are over worked as jobs have been over the past two years. Branch staff can not take a lunch b/c of staff shortages. Advancements are often given to good old boys club rather than individuals that actually work hard and deserve it. No supplies no water no marketing whatsoever no technology no customers no presence. Oh yeah...we are going double and triple your goals. Wonder why they would do that???? Nothing makes sense at First Niagara.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees for what they do everyday in the extremely poor environment in which you have created. Most are disengaged, fed up, and over it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It's ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Good team environment and culture

    Cons

    Unorganize and the training is sub par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Could Be Worse, Could Be a Lot Better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - No Thanks in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - No Thanks in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It seems that most individuals have good intentions, provide good customer service and care about the company. There appears to be a strong business plan and an emphasis from Senior Management on carrying that plan through. The company is ambitious and all the acquisitions seem to have worked out.

    Cons

    The "happy" culture they promote is fake. They overwork and undervalue employees. The environment is cutthroat. All the acquisitions brought in too many different groups of people and nobody has direction except for where they used to work.
    Many mid-level managers are power hungry and have no problem throwing an employee under the bus in order to save themselves. Employees who give even the slightest push back receive retaliation and are outcast and made to feel bad.
    What we use in the branches works for the most part but it takes too long to get customers what they need. Even small transactions take too long and there are a lot of headaches. Equipment breaks a lot compared to where else I been.
    No appreedciation and unrealistic expectations and they keep quietly cutting jobs and we are expected to pick up the work of people who leave or are let go without bringing in more people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care. They live in a different environment than we do and don't see, or care to see, what's really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Clear lack of direction and very poor senior level communication skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers
    OK Salary for WNY
    OK Benefits
    Flexible time/shifts

    Cons

    Zero advancement in IT unless you come from outside the company.
    Lack of focus/too many projects in flight.
    Heavy effort to out source all services they can.
    Sr. IT Leadership are all talk/no action.
    More project mangers then they know what to do with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start at the top and work down quick. The relationship between IT and business units is horrible and only getting worse. Pick a handful of projects and work on those to completion. Listen to the people in the trenches instead of high priced/low yield consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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