First Republic (CA) Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    opportunity killer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Loan Servicing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Loan Servicing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cheap cafe food quarter / annual bonuses

    Cons

    poor management unhappy workers solution to every problem is overtime

    Advice to Management

    know each employees job function and be ready to step in when needed


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people, lagging technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -nimble,entrepreneurial feel -top tier talent -unique, collaborative culture

    Cons

    -lagging technology -can be prone to death by consensus

    Advice to Management

    -invest in younger talent -make career paths clear


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your willing to build your client base, the compensation can be very good.

    Cons

    Management is very insecure and not open to change.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Solid high growth company, mediocre career opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees, solid benefits and a pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Classic big-bank hierarchy, impossible to work efficiently with increased compliance, lacking in internal growth potential

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the original vision of the bank and stop raising fees for Private Wealth--it detracts from the business model. Allow more opportunities for growth within the firm and better incentivize referrals/asset gathering. Make the company structure flatter.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Puts clients first [Most] employees are friendly Tries to be unlike typical banks

    Cons

    Culture is not consistent across all departments Not all employees are treated the same - there is a clear hierarchy and bankers reign supreme Employee benefits are not in keeping with the market

    Advice to Management

    Follow the example set by leaders like Gary Kelly and treat ALL of your employees better than your clients (instead of the other way around) and your employees will return the favor and take care of the clients.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Terrible management style. Not an employee focused employer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small enough to feel like your work makes an impact.

    Cons

    Ruthless management style. No appreciation for employees' hard work and devotion. Very mediocre benefits and compensation and zero career building/coaching etc.

    Advice to Management

    Employees matter as do your high net worth clientele.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Enjoyed working for a forward-looking, fast-growing, entrepreneurial-minded organization that rewards contributors.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation was above average; culture was generally supportive of a healthy work-life balance.

    Cons

    Organizational structure and multiple layers of systems contributed to inefficiencies and strained working relationships between groups.

    Advice to Management

    Support employees' requests and need for professional development regardless of their level of employment.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Politics, politics, politics!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Occasional company/department gatherings with free food and drinks. Excellent work schedule..you can come in anytime before 9 to work your 8 hrs.

    Cons

    Very cut throat and lots of politics. I've seen a manager get their department taken away from them while they were on vacation. You never know who's really your friend or is really there to sabotage your career. You can't voice your concerns or ask questions--you will face consequences if you do.

    Advice to Management

    No one ever seems to really know the policies and procedures. Everything is in the "gray area" and everyone seems to do things differently. They need to implement actual policies and procedures--so employees can finally stop playing the blame game when things go down.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Entrepreneurial spirit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees, fun atmosphere, limited bureaucracy. Make what you want of your career here - you aren't placed into a box and can only stay put or move up on that one track, you can make the most of your career and do whatever you want to do.

    Cons

    Basically no work-life balance. Needs to start to be more competitive with the rest of the job industry in allowing flex-time/personal days/work from home benefits/etc.

    Advice to Management

    If you want First Republic to act like a start-up an attract entrepreneurial individuals, you need to offer the same perks that those other companies offer.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Entrepreneurial, independent yet collaborative work environment!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are ready to work hard and really care about the work you put out, this is a great place to work. If you are looking for a 9 AM to 5 PM job, this isn't the place for you. I am empowered and encouraged to represent the Bank to the best of my ability each and every day. I am trusted to bestow the Bank's vision upon our new hires. My career path is what I make of it and I am happy.

    Cons

    Some internal systems are outdated. New hire onboarding process is cumbersome and delayed.



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