Washington Mutual

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Washington Mutual Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
344 Reviews

4.0
344 Reviews
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Washington Mutual Chairman & CEO JP Morgan Chase James Dimon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, employees treated fairly, good company values, nice culture (in 39 reviews)

  • They offered great benefits and good supports for the families of employees (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management was a mixed bag; lack of accountability at the highest levels (in 35 reviews)

  • Too many changes in upper management that disrupted the lower ranks - on a regular basis (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Job was satisfying.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Provided autonomy to get things done. Collegial environment.

    Cons

    Executive management unwilling to make prudent decisions to save the organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Short, mostly sweet.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Local, professional, upward career opportunities.

    Cons

    Working at HQ (big). Oh, and it failed.

  3.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The people were great. The division was small so everyone had to wear many hats. Our division was acquired by a much larger finance group and our people were so much more efficient.

    Cons

    There existed some good ole boy network mentality. The old guard did not respect the abilities of the new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider not selling out.

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  5.  

    Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Risk Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Team was great; still maintaining meaningful relationships years after the Chase takeover. Bonds were made during many long hours of shared project work. Compensation was good.

    Cons

    Very demanding schedule. Felt like much of the time we were racing against time. Thought we had made it through when things got pulled out from underneath us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't grow too fast and compromise values that made you beloved by your customers. Thanks for pushing me, though, to realize what I could do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Funder  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Funder in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues. We had a great time working together. The company was mostly respectful of employees during a very difficult time. Everyone always pulled together to make things work. Great culture of support, fun, and of course hard work.

    Cons

    Sad to see it end the way it did. I would have loved to have stayed on had it been possible. Working at Chase is just not the same. Much more corporate and less friendly. For that, I had to go.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved the Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Washington Mutual is one of the best companies I've ever wroked for. The people were extremely nice and it was a fun place to work. I sure do miss the cafeteria!

    Cons

    One of the cons in working for the bank is the commute. I had a long commute into work.

  8.  

    Excellent work environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Data Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Data Analyst in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The company offered a variety of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    No cons come to mind.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn and develop

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Good bonuses
    Good compensation
    Sense of community

    Cons

    The mortgage meltdown closed the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have taken more care with mortgages. Chase is not the same as wamu.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Trader

    Former Employee - Trader  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Trader in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Highly motivated people, a lot of fun, and big salaries and great benefits. Flexibility to work at home. Nice cafe inside. Work hard and play hard environment.

    Cons

    After becoming acquired by JP Morgan everybody pretty much lost their jobs which is a huge bummer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain employees who can contribute to the greater organiztion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Washington Mutual was a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Finance  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Washington Mutual was a great place to work at. There was a great worklife balance most of the time, centrally located in Seattle, executive management who cared about the community and community funcations.

    Cons

    Lack of communication with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees before the press

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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