Independent Bank (MI) Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Independent Bank (MI) President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Magee Jr.
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  1. Great company to work for. If you're willing to put the work and make your voice heard, there is room for growth!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Room for advancement (I received 4 promotions in 5 years) Great mentors (but you may have to seek them out) Ability to make decisions and take initiative Access to senior management Flexibility in hours and work locations

    Cons

    Tendency of being a "good old boys" club - but I think that's more of a problem with the banking industry as a whole Some employees are held on to for much too long The compensation is not fair across departments, you have to fight for every dollar


  2. CSR

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saginaw, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Independent Bank (MI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some management are nice, some employees were fun to work with

    Cons

    Terrible pay. Executive management is terrible will want hourly emplouees to take a paycut and gige salary employees raises. Raises are yerrible. Many are 2 faced and will stab you in the back and are VERY fake

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, make right decisions, quit being fake and get rid of management who do nothing while the rest in the branch work their butts off.


  3. Advanced Planning in IT minimal

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Management in Ionia, MI
    Former Employee - IT Management in Ionia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Independent Bank (MI) full-time

    Pros

    There were many good people who worked here but the only reason things didn't fall apart on a daily, instead of weekly/monthly basis is because of constant heroics by the team.

    Cons

    There seems to be no strategic planning in the IT area. It's all one fire drill after another.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and start handling more IT related tasks internally. Start enforcing change control and maintenance windows.


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  5. Company is a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saginaw, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Independent Bank (MI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a good place to work until they made a bunch of dumb decisions. Now they really have no Pro's.

    Cons

    Pay scale is low. Poor management Cut hourly employees yet give Salary bonuses. Create more stress on employees by downsizing half the staff of a branch and dont compensate them for more work.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your branches, Pay your employees better, Take care of your employees, Dont give bonuses to salary employees yet cut hourly employees, get a HR department that is actually worth something and not worthless.


  6. IT is not indicative of how the whole company operates.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Ionia, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Ionia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Independent Bank (MI) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people who work for the company and I've always been impressed in my dealings with the new CEO. They also are willing to put a lot of money into ensuring their IT systems are top of the line.

    Cons

    Although they are willing to spend on IT systems they are not willing to spend on more IT personnel which is the real need. Most companies their size have an IT staff of double what they have. IT also needs to implement maintenance schedules, testing systems, and change management to keep systems from going down so frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Increase IT staff, bringing in thoughts and ideas on how things are run at other locations and listen to their suggestions and opinions. Stop spending so much on new technological solutions and try to make better use of the solutions you do have. Invest in training the talent you currently have.


  7. High pay but way to much stress.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teller in Battle Creek, MI
    Current Employee - Teller in Battle Creek, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a teller I made more then any other teller i knew at other banks. I made 3.00 more an hour then the 2nd highest paying bank. Lots of over-time.

    Cons

    computers always down. Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am till 8:00 pm m-f saturday and sunday 8 am- 6 pm... Long days because you only get on brake and its your lunch. Your shifts are 9 hrs a day and with a hour lunch its 10 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees.


  8. Great People in a struggling company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teller in Ionia, MI
    Current Employee - Teller in Ionia, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great customer service philosophy. Good bank products. Selling is not pushed on customers, and instead is focused on cross-selling technique. Friendly Michigan-local bank.

    Cons

    Current salary freeze in company (as of fall 2010). Bank is not currently growing so not many opportunities for new hires or promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to work on rewarding good employees.


  9. Good Place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for Independent Bank. My immediate boss was understanding and a great manager. The pay was decent and benefits were good.

    Cons

    I know when I was there there was no tuition reimbursement. That would have been nice to have in order to advance more

    Advice to Management

    When I was laid off due to reorganizing the structure of the company, I did feel the meeting with HR was a little cold, slightly rushed


  10. great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller
    Former Employee - Teller
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great chance for promotion. -Ability to meet and work with great people -Never a dull atmosphere, new and exciting people every day

    Cons

    -High level of responsibility -Occasionally have to work on the weekends -Must possess strong ability to maintain a cash drawer

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership all the way from the branch level to senior management level. I feel they do a great job of providing leadership for the company.


  11. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for. Lots of benefits and leave time available. You will have a lot of fun working here

    Cons

    Less the ordinary pay scale. Very few management postions that are available to the employees. There is a little bit of improvement in the past 2 months.

    Advice to Management

    make it fun, easy and enjoyable to work. having a better career management plan will really help employees feel motivated



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