Union Bankshares Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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Union Bankshares President, CEO, and Director G. William Beale
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  1. Just OKAY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Ruther Glen, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Ruther Glen, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment. Reasonable work-life balance. Reasonable attempt to foster a family like atmosphere among teammates.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be compensated competitively-take it or leave it. Great leadership here is far and few between. Many managers but I've yet to meet one that knows what they're doing. Management doesn't like to take accountability for their actions and will shift blame to other teammates.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teammates. Some of your "leadership" team is an absolute joke. The same results will continue, because nothing changes if nothing changes.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied, higher salary would make the job better but the job itself isn't very hard. Would recommend to a friend.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Services Advisor II in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Services Advisor II in Winchester, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a community bank makes it easier to get to know your customers and their needs, while also helping you form relationships.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like your opinion doesn't matter if you're an entry level employee and the pay scale really doesn't fall in your favor.


  3. Needs Improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Services Advisor in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Services Advisor in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Let me start off by saying this company has some great pros! Vacation is great and the training programs are also great and you feel like you are well trained when coming into a new role. Union has a family like feel and you can feel comfortable with everyone in the company

    Cons

    PAY, this might be the worst bank in the area for pay. Salaries are uneven for the same job and it is well below the industry average. Even with benefits such as profit sharing you are unable to have a decent salary. Incentive is very hard to meet and most likely you will never see it unless you are in a high volume branch. Technology is lacking as well and customers get upset about the lack of new banking tech.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay a market based wage. Turnover is raising because of the secrets of pay and unfairness .


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  5. "Big Disappointment"

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

    I have been working at Union Bankshares

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Family life Balance was ok

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor management, no diversity, management is untrustworthy and allowed to behave in and unprofessional fashion. The pay is poor with no real advancement opportunity unless you are moving to a sales environment. Company culture is not the best ....

    Advice to Management

    There should be an ethics line or some sort of additional resource for the employee when they maybe experiencing an issue where the employee has gone through the proper chain of command and no results. There should a random check-up process on management with the employees anonymously to make sure that the leadership that represents your company is projecting the image you would like them too.


  6. Extremely beneficial for those looking at career advancement/development

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

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -so many nice, positive, helpful, and hardworking employees. I work as part of a float team that helps numerous branches in my market and this is the case in every branch as well as the many people you meet and work with at the Training Center. -upper management, from my experience, is extremely supportive of those who want to advance in their career. As with any other job, though, you must take the initiative and not expect opportunities to simply come to you if you never speak up in the first place! -benefits, such as tuition assistance and healthcare plans.

    Cons

    The pay could be a bit more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    - perhaps more organization and communication with float teller/fsa teams would be helpful, such as clearly outlined expectations for things that don't get mentioned in training (float referral goals, etc).


  7. Helpful (1)

    High stress, poor compensation

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

    I worked at Union Bankshares full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Union has a strong training and onboarding program to prepare new employees for working in a bank environment. They offer reasonably strong benefits. Depending on where you work, you may end up with a really wonderful team - there are some truly good people working there. It can be fulfilling work because you often feel like you're making some positive difference in people's lives, no matter how small.

    Cons

    The compensation is laughably poor. High performers do not stick around because they are not given any incentive to do so. The bonus program is unachievable unless you are lucky enough to be in one of the busiest branches. Compensation is also uneven, leading to dissatisfaction amongst longtime employees. It is almost unheard of to become a branch manager from inside the company, as they are only interested in hiring managers from other banks who can bring in new business. There is a profound disconnect between what is expected by upper management and what is actually achievable in a live bank environment. This all too often leads to a lack of concern for and attention to new policies as they are handed down, and inconsistent implementation of existing policies. Management has unrealistic expectations of the productivity of branch employees, leading to overwork and burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your employees well. Between salary, stock, and other compensation, the CEO made nearly $1 million in 2013. It's fun that you take everyone to Kings Dominion once a year, but if you paid everyone a higher wage they could buy their own tickets to Kings Dominion, for their entire family, and go more than once!


  8. Senior management had to much control and ability to make decisions.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Numerous locations and personalized customer service. Smaller banks can typically provide a relationship building environment.

    Cons

    Traditional banking environment not open to change and feedback from employees. Conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the lines of communications and honor and value employee feedback. Also, question Senior Management more in decision making.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No support from area manager or bank in new markets!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No sales pressure!!! Great people in some of the branches. Bank has potential.

    Cons

    No sales pressure! No help from area manager or market exec! Bad training in branch! No lending training on how to sell to customers! If you don't speak up you will do well! Worst turn over I have ever seen in Shenandoah Valley market. Never fully staffed! Staff that stay are not appreciated! No career development! Area manager gossips with staff!

    Advice to Management

    MUST change to be successful outside Richmond. Middle managers and up have no idea what makes a branch successful. RESHUFFLE management!


  10. Oh how badly run!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Winchester, VA

    I have been working at Union Bankshares full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good staff in some branches. Good rep in Richmond area. GREAT potential if better managed.

    Cons

    Shenandoah Valley Market is run horribly! Area management has no idea how to manage people. Staff in branches are very demotivated. Turn over is unbelievable, one branch has been through 3 whole sets of staff at a branch and the manager is still there!

    Advice to Management

    Talk to staff about area managers! You are wasting a great opportunity if you let the current situation continue. Great products and great set up, but could be doing so much better if you had a better understanding what was going on, in the branches.


  11. Not bad but wasnt there long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Float Teller in Fredericksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Float Teller in Fredericksburg, VA

    I worked at Union Bankshares full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid community bank looking to treat customers well. Lots of branches so great for customer service positions.

    Cons

    Hours started to get to long for customer service. Not enough float tellers to fill needed roles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of the employees.



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