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Pacific Capital Bancorp CEO and Director; Chairman and CEO, Pacific Capital Bank Carl B. Webb
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  1. PCB review for year 2007

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager

    I worked at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement, Especially for a entry level positions. If a particular branch or department isn't good for you, then there are plenty others to transfer to. Benefits are equivalent to other financial instituions.

    Cons

    The new CEO assumed the helm in March of 2007. The bank itself was in a delicate-situation and the new CEO needed to take drastic measures to try and turn things around quickly. While I personally benefited from some of the changes, I think that communication between between senior management and the working masses should and could have been much more timely. There was a culture of policy changes put into effect immediately upon notification without any "Big Picture" vision given. This lead to A LOT of speculation and FEAR amongst lower level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all staff with respect. You take pride in hiring intelligent people, please treat them as such. Understandably, there are some things that people can't be privy to, but, giving simplified explanations keeps people on your side, and much less inclined to wasting time and energy on paranoia and gossip.


  2. Good Entry Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Control Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Internal Control Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable Job, If you get in, you'll stay. Its got a cozy atomosphere, with decent componsation for hard work. If you're good at multitasking and initiative, this is your dream job.

    Cons

    Its a small bank in a tough market, Consolidation is a big element of problems. Be prepared to volunteer some Overtime or saturdays during hard times. Though its not negative to not do Overtime, its likely you wont move ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting your hard workers


  3. Love my division, questions about the bank as a whole

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Pros

    Very friendly management, very flexible with time off.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke, way behind industry standard. Recently financial health of the bank has become a question. Certain parts of the bank are being drug down by the retail branches.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the wages, santa barbara is a extremely expensive city


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  5. Fair treatment, but no budget for employee appreciation.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Management tries to match your interests and abilities when assigning work. There is rarely confusion about what is expected. There is lengthy documentation for everything.

    Cons

    Hinting at promotions is a frequent tactic for soothing and mollifying restless employees, but these promotions do not materialize.


  6. review of employment at pcb

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company supports lots of local charities and is very committed to the local community, an employee can contribute to local charities through the company

    Cons

    banking industry is not doing well

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (1)

    Going through hard times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, humane people. The company is well respected in the community. They do everything "by the book" as far as treating you well, benefits, etc.

    Cons

    As a bank, security is understandably tight in the IT department. However, it seems to be overly so at the expense of letting me do my job in a timely manner. Also, some of the technology and the ways of doing things seem dated. Finally, there is the elephant in the room of how much longer we will even exist.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping us informed about how things are going. Try to keep us open, and keep doing little things such as lunches and open forums to keep the troops informed.


  8. Solid People Here

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

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with here at PCB are some of the nicest people I've ever worked with. It is a genuine family environment.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between senior management and the daily operations of the bank. They don't seem to have a real direction in which to take the company right now.

    Advice to Management

    Let's get back to basics. Downsizing jobs is only one way to reduce costs. We have been spending money foolishly while at the same time cutting back on employees.


  9. Not a career for long term

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Only if you plan to stay a Teller the rest of your life. The people you serve is about the best thing you face while employed here.

    Cons

    No one cares about anything but there own job. There is much to much effort taken on meetings that go nowhere and management time spent doing nothing more than watching you do the job. If someone at the Executive level really spent the time to see what was needed to be competitive as a "business" bank then there would be a much better effort given from the front line. I also have seen that there is little understanding of how a real business development effort could be run, instead we try things by those that never have been on the front line.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to work with your employees. I think they are top heavy and have too many layers of management to really know what is needed for success.


  10. You are not what you say you are "Community Bank"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unknown in Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Unknown in Oxnard, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small but large community bank. Still a young bank. Has the potential to compete with large banks.

    Cons

    Its not what you know its who you know attitude. Senior leadership, Human Resources are not well trained. Have many employees who were trained in position of which they have no credentials. Many empoyees specially in Human Resources have no degrees and have many department which have many employees who are more qualified than their managers and have more experience. The Bank is going toward younger less experience higher paid managers who are "Yes Man"

    Advice to Management

    You have many smart and caring employees. Seek their advise and be sincere if what you hear is not alway what you were expecting. Just because you are a Senior leader does not make you smarter than anyone else. If you ask for employees advise do use it. Do not just go through the mention and seem like you care


  11. Disappointed

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

    I have been working at Pacific Capital Bancorp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a great community to live or work in, Pacific Capital Bancorp has the potential to be better than it currently is but it will take stronger leadership than it currently has.

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere, bad morale due to layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like teenage boys and start acting like the mature role models that you are supposed to be. Be kind, offer opportunities for growth and challenge, understand that consistent action speaks louder than inconsistent communication



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