FirstBank (Colorado)

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FirstBank (Colorado) Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
45 Reviews
3.8
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Supportive environment, but slow career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teller in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teller in Denver, CO

    I worked at FirstBank (Colorado) part-time (less than an year)

    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
  2.  

    Officer

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

    I have been working at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  3.  

    Employees are valued

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

    I have been working at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
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  5.  

    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

    I worked at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 5 years)

    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

  6.  

    Just ok, very long hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstBank (Colorado)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long work hours. Inexperienced loan officers.

  7.  

    Good community bank

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

    I have been working at FirstBank (Colorado)

    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
  8.  

    One of the best companies to work for!

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

    I worked at FirstBank (Colorado) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is wonderful to work for and my overall experience has been nothing but good. There are a lot of growth opportunities available and branch management is strong. Everyone I met was always extremely nice and knew exactly what they were doing and how to do it. I learned so much with the company and had I not decided to move away, I would have stayed with the company. Awesome perks was that food or coffee was bought or stocked up in the back room.

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours, disconnect with loan officers or mentors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to WORK!

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

    I have been working at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Everyone supports each other, management is strong, ESOP/401K, way above average raises, other employees and a team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work life balance can sometimes be challenging, changes can sometimes be slow to implement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FirstBank is like a big family, do what you can to preserve that!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bittersweet banking experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President

    I worked at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Increased pressure to sell and grow business despite economic conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your junior officers - they can boost excitement and innovation. Senior management at the holding company should conduct exit interviews for former officers of the bank.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great stable company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Several Departments-both Staff and Supervisory in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Several Departments-both Staff and Supervisory in Lakewood, CO

    I worked at FirstBank (Colorado) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many different career paths
    Good raises
    Care about their employees
    Involved in the community

    Cons

    Not the most forward thinking company. The IT department is behind the average curve. But their cautiousness has caused them to grow every year so it's a trade off
    Can only go so far without a degree even if you have 20 years with the company.
    Officers get promoted due to length of service not merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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