Umpqua Bank Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Umpqua Bank President, CEO, and Director, Umpqua Holdings and Umpqua Bank Ray Davis
Ray Davis
55 Ratings

Pros
  • Work-Life Balance, Learning Opportunities, Company Culture, Community Investment (in 5 reviews)

  • Associates are empowered to make decisions without asking permission for everything, which gives us a feeling of ownership and responsibility (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • My first week 4 people were fired in front of me, including upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • They hire you on as a Universal Associate which means you are a teller (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Ray Davis Brings a Fresh Perspective to Banking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    While I don't always agree there more things I admire with Mr. Davis and his willingness to challenge the status quo. Make no mistake about his boldness. I am thankful to be working for this organization that cares about its communities, customers and employees.

    Cons

    Like most businesses, margins are getting smaller and it means making tough business decisions to keep moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be open to input from employees, customers and challenging accepted norms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fun but ultimately a waste of time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Universal Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Universal Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It was fun, but more geared towards those early in their career.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. Lack of stability and direction. Heavy politics ...a lot of time is spent in looking good vs actually being good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and culture.... Communicate it clearly companywide and stay the course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Very bad IT department to work for. More Management driven than allowing the input of the engineering staff.

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer Staff in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Engineer Staff in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Possible change if more IT failures occur

    Cons

    Lack of communication and self centered departments make this a poor choice for employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more employee decisions when you do not have the expertise to make them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Universal Associate

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Universal Associate in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Universal Associate in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Umpqua Bank

    Pros

    Banking hours, paid holidays, higher interest rates on savings and checking accounts, waived service charges, good network of people.

    Cons

    You forfeit all referral money within 30 days of termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mangers should have to close at least once a week, showing they are a part of the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Time for Davis to go.

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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 Umpqua Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good marketing and PR and HR

    Cons

    Executive Leadership - Mr. Davis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ray Davis has exhausted his time in the spotlight. He is out of touch with what it will take to run a larger organization. His ways of leading are not scalable and his style of interaction with his direct reports is down right rude. I can't tell you how many times he calls his direct reports out of important team meetings because he has something deemed more important for them. Makes the people sitting in the conference rooms very frustrated. It's demeaning behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. The people are great - The upper management needs to listen to them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative
    Great, hard working people
    Different that the norm
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on growth
    Marketing is everything
    Not enoug attention paid to peope who are closest to customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SLOW DOWN! Listen to the people who touch the customers. Don't try to sell everyone who walks in the door a new product. Your marketing strategy is great, but it is not the only thing that matters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Umpqua Bank

    Pros

    Great company to work for that actually cares about you as a person

    Cons

    Retirement plan options are slim pickings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Bank Manager

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    Former Employee - Bank Manager in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Bank Manager in Novato, CA

    I worked at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Community Bank with free cookies.

    Cons

    No room to move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. $20B community bank? Yeah right.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA

    I worked at Umpqua Bank full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want to just show up an earn a check, this is probably a good place.

    Cons

    Management is very bad. They have grown so fast, so quick, the management teams are very poor leaders and most of the upper management is constantly lying to the regular employees about the company's future to keep them doing their job and not quitting. They force "culture" down your throat, but it's easy to see that many managers don't care or take it seriously, and conspicuously have frequent "phone calls" they have to attend during the morning brain washing (MoMo wooo!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing games with employees and try treating them like you say you treat cusomters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Variablity in processes and procedures.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Umpqua Bank

    Pros

    Culture appears to be geniunely upbeat, and motiviating. Have had the opportunity to meet some amazing Legacy Umpqua Employees. The store designs are different than your typically bank. They encourage activity in the branches to draw outsiders in. Some activities I have been privy to are yoga classes, wine tasting events, karoke, and kids pumpkin carving events.

    Cons

    Like I said Legacy employees were great, encompassed culture. Now growing so fast that they are losing that genuine Umpqua Culture. Umpqua has aquired several bank in the last several years and have inherited the culture of other institutions which makes it hard to keep the original Legacy Umpqua Based culture alive. There are great variations in leadership, my area managers had there own little click and were pretty unrelenting to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the culture in check, growing too fast and losing site of what Umpqua was truly about. Know the people who are leading your areas, these leaders are very damaging to the culture you are trying to keep alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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