Western Alliance Bank

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Western Alliance Bank Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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Western Alliance Bank Chairman, President, and CEO Robert G. Sarver
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  1.  

    OK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I worked for Western Alliance, to was a nice place to work. Nice personable people to work with.

    Cons

    It's a bank so there is a lot of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though it's a bank which causes much bureaucracy, some formalities are just frustrating and unproductive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid IT. Rest of the bank seems relatively happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time

    Pros

    Bankers, lenders, non-IT people all seem to be happy. It overpays for what you do. The bank itself seems to be well run by intelligent business minds.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy IT organization. They invent VP and SVP figurehead positions for friends of the CTO. You are ineligible for promotion, raises, or an upper management hire unless you worked at Amex or lunch with the CTO. Headcount is manufactured for friends or from some title a "leader" saw mentioned in an IT trends article. Headcount is not created based on organizational need. Be prepared for constant re-orgs based on poor organizational planning and hiring decisions. There is a horrendous work life balance for anyone that is not a figurehead and actually helps the bank do business day-to-day.

    CTO does not know who you are or what you do in a very small organization.

    Forget best practices and be prepared to spend months debating an obvious decision point and then have a leader choose the worst option for the bank. The technical peers at the datacenter and help desk provider are extremely candid with their disdain for the IT organization which is a pretty good indicator of how bad things are.

    Any functional IT skills you may possess will erode and your career will regress.

    The turnover rate in IT is astonishing considering how much they overpay for the Phoenix, Arizona market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CTO or hire an experienced CIO/CTO above the existing one

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT - Security Engineer

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    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company. Companies cash position seems good.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor benefits. IT department disjointed and practices unethical practices. No clear vision. Work environment reminiscent of jr high school. Too many politics and egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your IT department. The IT VPs and CTOs vision isn't clear. They treat people unethically. For all their experience you would think they would make better decisions. Western Alliances IT department are going to do considerable damage to Western Alliances brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mistakes at the top hurt those below.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank

    Pros

    Salary was competitive for market

    Cons

    Management not accountable when things go wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for your poor decisions.

  6.  

    An anonymous review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank

    Pros

    Pockets of the organization are very well organized and managed, others are a complete mess.

    Cons

    There is no HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an HR department, a real organizational mission and better organize management and their respective duties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Poor Management and Oversight

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank

    Pros

    Meet some great people while working there.

    Cons

    There is no corporate HR function. Senior Management was not organized and communication was poor. The Internal Audit department lacked experience and was poorly managed. The company has no clear mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consolidate the banks and establish an experienced Audit and Risk departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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