Great Western Bancorporation

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Great Western Bancorporation Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
22 Reviews
2.6
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    An Average Company. Nothing Special.

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    Former Employee - Personal Banking Representative  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Personal Banking Representative in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Great Western Bancorporation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Western Bank claims to be a community bank, but Great Western Bank really not focused on the community at all.

    Cons

    Great Western Bank requires their employees to sell products that are bad for the customers. If employees disagreed with the products they were required to sell, there was no "out" other than quitting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoyed working at this bank.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Banker  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Great Western Bancorporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have good employee benefits and have potential for growth within the company.

    Cons

    I couldn't think of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a very good Branch Manager at that time. Very understanding and easy to work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Long-term Employee

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    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Corporate in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Great Western Bancorporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Community Bank Culture
    Team pulls together - everyone works hard

    Cons

    Lots to do! Busy! (Can be a Pro, too!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay real!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good.

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    Current Employee - Teller  in  Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Teller in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Great Western Bancorporation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good job, good employees and customers. Fun environment. Nice place to learn an office setting. Really a good job and environment.

    Cons

    I don't really have a con. Maybe grumpy customers and really busy days. Busy days where you don't have a second to breath.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible management. They are too young and not experienced to in management.

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Operations in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Great Western Bancorporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are young and want to move up quickly, you can here. You just need to wait a few months and everybody above you will quit.

    Cons

    Management is disparaging to women, if you are successful watch you back. Integrity, hard work, is not rewarded. rumors and backstabbing will get bankers fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bank needs to be sold, for the sake of the current staff. There are some great people being worked to the bone. Its unfortunate that they do not have a leader that can step forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Churn and burn

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    Former Employee - Banker
    Former Employee - Banker

    I worked at Great Western Bancorporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong parent company who is well capitalized
    Significant PTO

    Cons

    The bank presents themselves as a "community bank" however treats their employees poorly and are losing long term employees on a regular basis. Technology is outdated. They have a lean staffing model which results in burning out the good employees. Corporate management doesn't seem to care about the front line employees. Unrealistic growth goals based on their presence in some markets. Very limited room for professional growth in some markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the bank to another company that cares and wants to invest in their people and markets outside of their legacy markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disfunctional

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    Former Employee - Corporate Employee  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Great Western Bancorporation for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy to move to mid level manager if your smart and hard working.

    Cons

    Political, inconsistent. No direction and lots of turnover. Almost all the VPs are under 40 because anyone with sense leaves the company. Executive team is inexperienced at best and unethical at worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Western Bancorporation

    Pros

    hours are great, upper managment is fantastic, branch managers who care, competitive pay and GREAT pto plan!!!

    Cons

    nothing, this company is fantastic to work for. I love it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as Advertised

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Western Bancorporation

    Pros

    Great Western Bank is a bank that offers many services like most banks. It is owned by a Australian Conglomerate which means they are wanting to grow and offer the big offerings like bigger banks do.

    Cons

    They go by how many products you get a customer to sign up for which isn't right. If the customer is interested they will let you know. It got to be sufficating for the employee as well as the person that you are helping because they wanted you to offer in every occurance with a customer something....good way to loose business to bug. And they said not to be pushy but just asking a question was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customers that come into the bank don't want to be pushed with a product they are just yearning for great customer service.

  11.  

    Great Company to Start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Banking  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Business Banking in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Great Western Bancorporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They give many opportunities to young talent. This is great for young professionals and a way for the bank to keep costs down.

    Cons

    Cut, cut, cut. It seems like the solution is always cut more instead of trying ways to sell more. Run on a very lean staff. The vision constantly changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems as though decisions are always made on a short term focus. Long term commitment to resources and growth would engage your employees more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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