FirstBank (Colorado)

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FirstBank (Colorado) Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
39 Reviews

3.5
39 Reviews
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John A. Ikard
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  1.  

    A rewarding challenge

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

    Pros

    Officer Role:
    Exposure to senior management, high level of responsibility/autonomy given to officers, trust from senior management that we are capable of handling that level of responsibility, constant growth/challenge, exposure to broad areas of knowledge in a generalist role.

    FirstBank as a Company:
    Philanthropic, ethical in every way, conservative and thoughtful approach to business decisions which limits risk and exposure, fun, intelligent, and driven employees.

    Cons

    Officer Role:
    There is limited flexibility as we are tied to retail hours (typically 8-6). There is not an option to work from home or otherwise structure your own hours. There are very high expectations for officers and we run very lean, which can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees. It has served you well to be accessible and open to feedback and this should continue. Stay on top of trends and always be in a proactive, rather than reactive, state. Work to create more of a balance for your officers in terms of work-life vs. home-life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits, poor management, no consistency between branches

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Supervisor  in  Aurora, MN
    Former Employee - Branch Supervisor in Aurora, MN

    Pros

    Great training, fair workload, good benefits and PTO

    Cons

    Poor hiring decisions poor management and frustrating policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Use your head and think about your actions before making decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    You're Working for a Bank

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a lot of great people work here. Education and training to improve career is available and provided.

    Cons

    Dress code could loosen up a bit. Very conservative in all aspects of business - great for security of customer's personal information, but could stand to let up on some other areas. It would also be nice to adopt more of a "Google-view" on the work environment where modern perks make for a more enjoyable workday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because an employee is sitting at their desk, that doesn't necessarily mean they are as productive as possible. A happy employee is a productive employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    FirstBank (Colorado) Response

    Jul 15, 2014Search Engine Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, your sincerity is appreciated. We are always looking for more and better ways to keep our employees happy and will continue this approach in the future.

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  5.  

    Great company to work for including benefits.

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, company holiday party.

    Cons

    Management politics, also because of the companies philosophy they will find a petty reason to fire people before laying them off. Because of new technology and lack of training I was fired on a technicality that I had no responsibility for. They even tried to fight my unemployment insurance because they are incredibly cheap. Fortunately I won because the state could clearly see that I had no fault in the reason I was fired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Supportive environment, but slow career growth

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, many employees here have families of their own.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth. Most tellers are stuck working as tellers for a long time. Salary is mediocre. Work can be monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finds ways to make employees valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Officer

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, diverse training and exposure to top level business and decision making early on.

    Cons

    Company has a socialistic approach to compensation and promotions. Hard workers and slackers get promoted at the same schedule and get virtually the same raises. Unilateral career path with no way other options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base compensation and promotion on performance,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Run as fast as you can

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

    Pros

    Training and education. Fun people to work with

    Cons

    No room for growth, archaic business practices, turning into a sales culture, no support for middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that morale plays a big part in the retention of quality employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    FirstBank (Colorado) Response

    Jul 15, 2014Search Engine Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts. You are absolutely right in that morale plays a big part in retention of quality employees and we will always work to keep ... More

  9.  

    Just ok, very long hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good retirement plan and perks here and there (golf tournaments, sporting event tickets, concerts, etc.)

    Cons

    Long work hours. Inexperienced loan officers.

  10.  

    Employees are valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, CO

    Pros

    There is a company-wide commitment to customer service. Everyone is working together to make sure we provide the best possible experience for customers. There is a large IT staff committed to helping the business succeed. You get an opportunity to do a wide-array of tasks, and there are many opportunities to try new things. I started in 2000 and have accepted many opportunities to advance. The Management team from the very top through all levels focuses attention on giving employees opportunities to grow and to advance.

    Cons

    If you want to specialize in one thing and only that thing, you may not enjoy the culture here. Some people who prefer casual dress may not enjoy the dress code. More business than business casual.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good community bank

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

    Pros

    Hard working, committed people. Positive reputation in the community.

    Cons

    Highly negative management culture, long hours, high stress, poor compensation that's too heavy in stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on creating a better work/life balance for officers and better training curriculum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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