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Bank of the West Overview

San Francisco, CA
10000+ employees
BNP Paribas
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Banks & Credit Unions
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
At Bank of the West, we know money deposited in a bank has the power to finance positive change. So we are taking action to ensure our activities help protect the planet, improve people's lives, and strengthen communities. We are redefining banking for a better ... Read more

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  • “Your bank, and your deposits, can be a force for good. That’s why Bank of the West is making bold choices about what we do and don’t finance on behalf of the environment and teaming up with organizations, like Protect Our Winters, that are taking action to protect our planet.” said our Chief Marketing Officer Ben Stuart.

  • At Bank of the West, diversity and inclusion are engrained in how we work – we lead with and celebrate our employees’ unique backgrounds. Today, we are honored to be among Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Best Places to Work” for LGBTQ equality once again, and ranked in Forbes' “America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020.” #CEI2020 #PositiveBanking

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Bank of the West – Why Work With Us?


Our history shows that great things can happen when you keep your focus local.

In 1874, Bank of the West opened its doors on the California frontier as Farmers National Gold Bank. One of just 10 banks nationwide authorized to issue paper currency backed by gold reserves, the San Jose bank helped people build homes, finance farms, and grow their businesses.

Over the years, we grew bigger and reached beyond our hometown roots. Customers entrusted us with their money, we continued to provide great service, protect deposits and lend prudently to the growing communities we served. In 1880, Farmers National Gold Bank became First National Bank of San Jose.

Careful management and sound banking practices allowed the bank to contribute to the Bay Area's growth through the 1906 earthquake, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. Following World War II, the bank grew rapidly and by 1979 had 35 San Francisco Bay Area locations and $350 million in assets.

In 1979, we changed our name to Bank of the West. The change reflected our desire to grow and provide our style of relationship banking beyond the Bay Area. Today, we have branch and commercial banking offices across the West Coast, the Southwest, the Midwest, and the Rocky Mountain states.

Since 1980, we have been affiliated with BNP Paribas, a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. In 2001, our holding company BancWest Corporation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.

Bank of the West has continued to grow in recent years, thanks to a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, including United California Bank, the largest Los Angeles-based bank, in 2002, Union Safe Deposit Bank in California's Central Valley and Community First Bank in Fargo, ND, both in 2004, and Commercial Federal Bank, of Omaha, in 2005.

Today, Bank of the West operates retail, wealth, commercial and business banking offices in 23 states. It is one of the nation's largest banks, yet it preserves its local feel and its award-winning style of relationship banking that ensures superior customer service.

At Bank of the West, we are committed to our employee experience values: We Work Together, We Develop, We Innovate and We Care. The values reflect a 145-year history of caring for customers, communities and each other. They’re about respect and treating everyone as individuals. By defining them we’re making a proud declaration about who we are and what we stand for. Learn more about our commitment to community.

Through our Diversity and Inclusion Program, we celebrate and encourage the rich variety of voices and views that comprise Bank of the West and contribute to our collective strength.

Bank of the West Resource Groups promote diversity and inclusion by recognizing, embracing, and leveraging the diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints of our team members.

The Resource Groups collectively contribute to our business practices and through their efforts positively impact the communities we serve. These groups are sponsored by our senior leaders and open to all team members.

Our Culture

At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Our Hiring Process

We care about your career and candidate experience. The process consists of applying for a position, then if selected as a potential candidate, completing phone and/or in-person interviews, and if selected, considering an offer. Candidates who are not selected are encouraged to keep their profile up to date and apply for future opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified job seekers with disabilities. If you require such an accommodation to apply for one of our positions, please contact us by calling 1-888-822-5111. This line is dedicated exclusively to assist job seekers with a disability; only calls or messages left for this purpose will receive a response.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.

Review federal laws protecting equal rights for applicants and employees (EEO is the law).


We offer a competitive benefits package that helps our team members to achieve their personal and financial goals, which includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Health and Wellness Programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) with 6% employer matching and immediate vesting
  • Incentive and bonus programs for select positions
  • Generous paid time off and company holidays, including:
  • 11 paid holidays and up to 4 weeks paid vacation (depending upon years of service and level)
  • Additional paid time off for illnesses
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Team member discounts on banking products, and more. 

Bank of the West Reviews

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    I worked at Bank of the West full-time


    Good benefits, good pay, good managers


    outdated programs for creating and maintaining accounts

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Bank of the West Interviews



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    Market Risk Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Bank of the West (San Ramon, CA) in April 2016.


    4 hours of continuous interviews with 4 different people. 1 hour each. they try to know about your personal life as well to assess if you can have a work balance too.
    3 people interviewing were from the hiring team. the last interviewer was from the Data team

    Interview Questions

    • 1- Go through your resume
      2- tell us about the projects you have done so far
      3- knowledge about CF forecasting and stress test   1 Answer
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Bank of the West Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2019
  • Forbes—America's Best Employers for Women 2019, Forbes, 2019
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • Choice Award for Excellence in Consumer Retail Banking in the Western U.S, Kantar, 2017
  • Best Commercial Bank in the U.S, World Finance, 2018
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