Grupo Santander

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Grupo Santander Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
103 Reviews
2.7
103 Reviews
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Grupo Santander CEO Javier Marín
Javier Marín
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and nice people (in 8 reviews)

  • Get handed a lot of responsibilities and thus learn a lot (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Expected to work long hours, regardless of what's going on (in 6 reviews)

  • Career development weighs heavily on political relationships rather than merit (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grupo Santander

    Pros

    Great acquirement of Knowledge while working

    Cons

    Some overlapping on tasks that made the process a bit sloppy.

  2.  

    Say one thing do another

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    Former Employee - Workout  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Workout in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grupo Santander full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, minimum training - sink or swim. Longtime managers subscribe to CYA attitude. Not in tune with US culture

    Cons

    Have to be part of "in" crowd to get ahead. Longtime managers will not back you to get what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees don't take managements side of story - they have own agendas. Lose loyal employers by not respecting or soliciting opinions

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

    I have a good opinion about this company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grupo Santander full-time

    Pros

    In general terms, if you deserve it you have good changes of being promoted an also there are opportunities for changing you career inside the company.
    Wok-life balance I would say is positive, of course you can work as many after hours as you like but also many people leaves work on time and that is no problem.
    Benefits are very good. Excellent Health insurance, 401K among others

    Cons

    Salary is below average.

    In general the careers inside the company are not developed, I mean that there are employees with good experience and there may be a junior that just came to the company, and even may have no prior experience, and he/she can still have better salary than the older and experienced one. Simple does not make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve this problem with the careers inside the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Well rewarded but not without a price

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grupo Santander full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I was very pleased with the financial benefits: The pay was at the top end of the industry standard and I received a very sizeable bonus each year - a full 15% of my salary. The company is extremely well organized and focused primarily on gaining a foothold in the US. Subsequently there is no shortage of work or opportunities to move around to gain more experience within the company.

    Cons

    Anyone looking for a pat on the back or who requires job well done motivational therapy need not apply. You will be worked hard and in a fairly impersonal manner. Whether this is responsible for the high turnover I couldn't say but certainly the sensitivities of employees was not high on management's list. The cultural difference of working for a Spanish organization takes a little getting used to resulting in much getting lost in translation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to have seen a little more sensitivity shown towards US culture and values; For example meetings held in the US should, where possible, be scheduled during US business hours. Too often there were meaningless calls to Spain at 3am because of the time difference.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Top internship experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grupo Santander

    Pros

    Great people, knowledgable, and experienced

    Cons

    There is nothing wrong I can find

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend intern contracts

  7.  

    Monkeys in suits

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grupo Santander full-time

    Pros

    Looking snazzy in your suit and tie

    Cons

    Don't work here unless you want to report to semi-literate greaseballs who squeeze their subordinates for every penny and continuously hire underqualified applicants for fear of competition. No Americans working at Santander US would choose to stay if they were able to get comparable positions elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    waist of time

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    Current Employee - Personal Banker  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grupo Santander full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    easy going, relaxing, boring, nasty customers, horrible back office.

    Cons

    no future, going nowhere, the pay is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't work at the Branch

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    Current Employee - Teller  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teller in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Grupo Santander full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse workforce, Friendly coworkers, work-balance, and laid back culture. Remodeled branches.

    Cons

    Low pay and Worst IT System called Partnenon. Weak benefits. No overtime available. Too much ra ra with spirit awards. Just pay me and I might be more satisfied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce instead of paying low wages to inferior employees. Invest in IT . . . customers are closing out their accounts like a flock of birds escaping a NE winter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Santander

    Former Employee - Credit Officer  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Credit Officer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Grupo Santander full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy to move to the top

    Cons

    No respect for employees
    Low Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your team member

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    A luxury Hyundai

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    Former Employee - Senior Small Business Specialist II  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Small Business Specialist II in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Grupo Santander full-time

    Pros

    Formerly Sovereign Bank in the US, so the company paid well to attract talent from Citi, BOA, Wells, etc. for sales roles in private banking, business banking, etc. Retail business model was recently re-aligned for certain retail level personnel to reflect higher levels of autonomy and responsibility.

    Cons

    Because Santander USA consists of a smaller, recently acquired, and converted northeastern US regional bank, it's chasing big-bank ambitions before actually building up it's operating technology, brand and reputation. Name recognition is entirely non-existent and can be a hurdle when looking to acquire affluent, and more established clientele. Simple things such as customer service that closed on the weekend, updated but inadequate business online banking - outages, customer information systems not fully integrated, and simple technical issues were common place as recently as January of this year. Many of these were deal-breakers for prospects considering bringing their full banking relationship over from more capable institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cons

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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