First Republic (CA) Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
59 Reviews

2.9
59 Reviews
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First Republic (CA) Chairman and CEO James H. Herbert II
James H. Herbert II
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location (if you're in SF), excellent customer service levels (in 5 reviews)

  • Great company, great people, great food at discounted price (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • flat hierarchy but massive preference from upper management to workers that they "like" (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Temp at first republic

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    Former Employee - Deposit Services  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Deposit Services in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at First Republic (CA) as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great food at discounted price.

    Cons

    Cant make mistakes, need to double check even after you have something reviewed by someone else. If its under your name make sure you do it right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize training schedule better and more focused for the position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Administrator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good resources, strong culture, good customer service, caring customer front.

    Cons

    Not a lot of communication, doesn't seem very easy to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Productive and challenging

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    Former Employee - Loan Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Loan Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Experience Professionals with extensive profitable book of business will excel in this environment. Management and relationship managers cultivate excellent client and referral source relationships. This is the the focus of First Republic Bank

    Cons

    Highly entrepreneurial environment. Systems are developed as needed with minimal "bells and whistles" Funds employed in these systems are pegged for efficiency and massive changes are not pushed out prematurely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow at a controlled pace and continue commitment to established Corporate Values.

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

    Great Team, Managment and Company Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic management (in my department) and a wonderful company culture.
    Excellent benefits, including its own Wolfgang Puck cafe that is HEAVILY subsidized.

    Cons

    Growth is eminent so change can be positive or negative - too early to tell.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not just a job, but an adventure!

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you make the right people happy, you'll stay a long time.

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere. You may very well have to train your superiors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company Transitioning from Midsize to Big with Normal Growing Pains

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    Former Employee - Various  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company consistently grows year after year, has great people, and does its best to keep the service culture. One may develop some great professional friendships there.

    Cons

    Since so many new people have been hired at all levels, keeping the culture is its biggest challenge. Those that keeps their head down to get things done must demonstrate their value to all. If you work there, do not be humble, show everyone how they benefit from your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please nurture that wonderful culture!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I signed up for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly when you talk to them. If you are "clickee" it is a good fit. If you are whacked, your clients become a feeding frenzy for the rest of the sales people form observation, just know your clients will be taken care of when you leave.

    Cons

    There is no telling if what you think you are doing right is what they want you to do. Or if you are meeting the guidelines they have set up for you or even what they are. You never really know if you are doing good or bad. Be careful with anyone that lures you to the company. They promise the world and give you a small island.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very rewarding company to work for. Great company culture; lots of daily interactions with customers.

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    Current Employee - Online Banking Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Online Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great group of young people who all have high ambitions for their future careers.

    Cons

    At times it can feel like being in a call center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything on management's side is good. I would just recommend that you bring us on as employees rather than contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abusive, micromanaging, and ineffective management. Nepotism apparent throughout the corporate office..”

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Kaiser health plan is cheap as dirt
    3 weeks paid vacation after one year of work
    Discretionary bonuses approaching 6% of annual income
    Subsidized cafe with cheap meals

    Cons

    Abusive, threatening, and delusional management.
    HR is incapable of resolving issues.
    Many department heads are remnants of the small company that emerged in the 80s.
    Technology is far behind and bizarrely allocated.
    Lots of nepotism.
    Bureaucratic workplace.
    Promotions are often title based instead of income.
    Prepare for an annual wage increase that barely offsets inflation.
    Negative attitude and laziness of most employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept advice of your junior employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Budget cuts and unqualified workers create uneasy work climate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Some great, kind, intelligent people work for this company
    -Located in the Financial District of SF
    -Medical and 401k benefits are great, but not much else is offered
    -The company has a decent amount of events (holiday, employee benefitting events, recognitions)
    -Down-to-earth, mindful of local pop-culture

    Cons

    -Many workers not qualified or the best available for the jobs they do and ineffective employees
    -Hire a lot of cheap work, many employees have terrible communication and critical thinking skills as well as poor work ethic
    -Budget cuts interfere with department goals while upper management continues to pressure for results
    -Typical Corporate America popularity contest hierarchy
    -Salaries are average, raises given for performance are scarce and insignificant, a lot of "title promotions"
    -Employee facilities are outdated, many departments are forced to pack employees into confined areas while while executive floors often remain empty for weeks during moves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher younger brighter employees who are educated and personable. Reform the selection process and offer better benefits which improve employees lives. Grow your valuable employees and get rid of those who are ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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