Pacific Premier Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
4 Reviews
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Pacific Premier President, CEO, and Director, Pacific Premier Bancorp and Pacific Premier Bank Steve Gardner
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  1.  

    If you are looking for an IT job at this bank, run fast, run far...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer II in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer II in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Pacific Premier full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people working there, for the most part, are very good people. Good network of people, and the corporate office is fairly new. All the equipment is top of the line, and clean facilities. They serve breakfast every Friday, and often have catered lunch. Some of the management staff is exceptional. All other aspects of this company, besides IT, seem to be managed very well. The moral throughout most of the company is good, as well as the leadership.

    Cons

    This review pertains strictly to the IT Department...

    Growth in this company depends where you are, some areas of the company are rewarding and advancement is achievable. For me being in the IT department, I was lied to during my interview, and expected to not only wear more hats than fit on my head, but deliver on ridiculous deadlines set by an IT Manager/ Project manager who knew his job like a man knows about giving birth. The COO is a good guy, straight shooter with a forward thinking approach to IT, he can be judgmental but willing to talk things out. I think he has too much on his plate and leaves the operation of the IT department to someone who rivals monkeys using tools. The culture is that they will work you to death, then replace you. Instead of taking a pragmatic approach to a problem, they throw man hours at it. Overtime is expected, and if you are not onboard you are let go. The work/life balance is not important to this department, and what the Director of IT fails to realize is that turnover is the most costly process a company can encounter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the Director of IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Tons of potential to be a great company, little execution.

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

    I worked at Pacific Premier

    Pros

    There are some wonderful employees who work very hard, are dedicated to the success of the company, their co-workers and their customers. Customers are genuinely appreciative of those employees.

    Cons

    Management don't seem to know who the good employees are. Many talented people have left because of the failure by management to reward good behavior and encourage more. Many individuals seem to be promoted or protected after poor behavior. Upper management only seems to communicate with the staff if the message is self-congratulatory or threatening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using fear, intimidation and manipulation as your primary tools for interacting with your employees. They will perform to even higher standards than they are now if you show them respect in your daily interactions. Referring to staff as "order takers" is insulting and should not be a part of a C level meeting discussion.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Fear based Culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teller in Palm Desert, CA
    Former Employee - Teller in Palm Desert, CA

    I worked at Pacific Premier full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers very pleasant. Overtime allowed.

    Cons

    No one knows where they stand. People called in to the office for a promotion think they are being fired. Everyone thinks they are getting fired soon. No raises unless you are promoted. Understaffing. Too many managers, not enough frontline employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information. When everything is a secret, employees feel insecure about their standing and their future. A little more praise and encouragement would go a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not recommended to anyone

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

    I have been working at Pacific Premier full-time

    Pros

    paid overtime which does not need to be approved

    Cons

    expect employees to work long hours, senior management highly unprofessional and inexperienced, still learning the basics of lending, bully tactics, blame lower level management for their omissions and inexperience, hire or promote own friends for management positions who do not have basic qualifications, disrespectful to employees, especially females. No merit increases regardless of performance. No life/work balance. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show respect to your employees. Do not bully them. Encourage positive work environment not one based on threats of being fired. Let employees evaluate qualification of your management to manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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