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City National Bank Overview

Los Angeles, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Banks & Credit Unions
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Not all banks are created equal. City National Bank was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs during the 1954 boom in Los Angeles. That legacy of integrity, community and unparalleled client relationships continues to drive phenomenal growth today.

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Mission: City National's mission is to provide the ultimate banking experience for successful entrepreneurs and professionals through an uncommon dedication to extraordinary service, proactive advice and total financial solutions.

Company Updates

  • We’re incredibly proud of our colleague, Jerry W. Walker II, who redefined his career by participating in the JVS BankWork$ program, which led him to join City National. He’s been a crucial part of our Crenshaw District team and community in Los Angeles, and we’re excited to watch as his career grows.

    Banking on Your Future: JVS BankWork$® Delivers Quality Workers | WorkingNation

    Combining technical and soft skills instruction, JVS BankWork$® is changing the lives of low-income and underemployed workers through a comprehensive eight-week training program that helps them launch a banking career. The program's proven success since 2006 has led to the founding of a national BankWork$ initiative which is available in 11 cities and is still growing.

  • City National is growing rapidly. With over 300 current openings, we're expanding into new space in downtown LA and just opened our commercial banking presence in Boston. Great people, great culture. Check out our opening and see if there's a fit for you. We'd love to talk.

    City National Bank Officially Expands and Adds Second Skyscraper in Downtown Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES - City National Bank, America's Premier Private and Business Bank ®, announced today that it has expanded and added its signage to City National 2CAL, the iconic 52-story skyscraper at 350 S. Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles.

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City National Bank – Why Work For Us?

"What makes City National such a great place to work?"

Ask a room of City National colleagues and two words you'll hear are CULTURE and P.R.I.D.E. (The company values of People, Relationships, Integrity, Dedication and Entrepreneurs & Excellence)

And it's not just fluff.

City National stands strong as a stable and profitable business, and stands strong in our legacy. Walking the talk every day. Since our beginnings in 1954, we only have had three CEOs and that continuity of culture shows in the roots of respect, integrity and service that are ingrained in the bank. People genuinely enjoy working together to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients--both external and internal.

We care and it shows. We care about:

Community Involvement

Reinvesting in our communities through volunteerism and civic engagement is the way City National does business.

A Diversified Workforce

We welcome a variety of viewpoints, backgrounds and cultural experiences among our colleagues. This variety and diversity enriches our work environment and expands our capacity to serve our clients and communities.

Growth and Development

At City National, we hire confident decision makers who are adaptable and resourceful--and who value people and relationships above all else. Taking initiative is expected and rewarded at the bank, and opportunities for career mobility and advancement are abundant.

You belong at City National. Explore our job postings here on Glassdoor or visit us at to learn more.



At City National Bank we're as committed to our colleagues as we are to our clients. When you're a part of our team, we want to help you make the most of your working life, and to maintain a work-life balance that is as comfortable, healthy, and secure as possible.

City National Bank takes a modern approach to benefits, and offers a holistic program of benefits and perquisites which support and address physical, emotional, financial and social needs. Our benefits include comprehensive and competitive services and offerings that provide colleagues and their families with important protections. 

Some highlights include:

  • Health Benefits – comprehensive medical & prescription, dental, and vision benefits with the freedom to select the right coverage for you and your family including domestic partner

  • Well-Being – a wellness program that promotes healthy behaviors and provides you with access to a wide range of health tools and resources

  • Tax-free Flexible Spending Accounts – that allow you to set aside pretax dollars to help pay for health and/or dependent day care expenses

  • Life Insurance – coverage for you, as well as the option to purchase additional coverage for yourself, your spouse/domestic partner and/or children

  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance – that provides income replacement for qualifying periods of disability

  • Paid Time Off – paid benefits for sick time, vacation and specified holidays which vary by service, title and/or geographic area

  • Retirement Benefits – that help you build a solid foundation and save toward a secure financial future. We offer a 401(k) plan that allows you to contribute on a pre-tax or after-tax Roth basis, that provides a company match on your contributions up to a specified amount, and that provides for an additional company contribution whether or not you contribute to the plan. 

Eligible colleagues can choose from a variety of health and welfare benefit plan options, and may elect to cover their spouse or domestic partner and/or children based on plan-specific criteria.

Other benefits available to colleagues include an employee assistance program, colleague discounts, tuition assistance, banking services and more.


City National's commitment to diversity means that we fully embrace a policy of fair treatment. We promote a culture of respect that encourages differences in the thoughts, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and experiences of every colleague in our diverse work environment.

Having a work culture that incorporates varied insights means that we can better respond to the needs of our colleagues, our clients, and the communities we serve. We are always in search of individuals with talent, experience, intelligence, and fresh ideas who can work with us to ensure that our diverse culture continues to thrive.


To formalize our focus on diversity in the workplace and the marketplace, City National has created a Multicultural Strategy department headed by Karen A. Clark. Five colleague caucuses work with Karen on internal and external initiatives and programs.


City National Bank takes a proactive approach to the attraction, retention and career development of colleagues with diverse backgrounds through several programs designed to promote equal employment opportunity. These include Diversity Outreach in Recruitment; a comprehensive Training and Development program; an Executive Briefing program; annual audits of colleague compensation to ensure equity in pay; and specific training courses designed to prevent harassment and promote Equal Employment Opportunity.

Click here to view CNB's Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

City National Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other status protected by law. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment with City National Bank.


Our ability to continue providing premier service and building strong client relationships depends on our ability to attract and retain top talent.

At City National Bank, we provide a dynamic and challenging work environment for our colleagues and reward them with a fair compensation and benefits package that motivates them to do their best possible job for our clients.


We've found that diversity and community involvement are important building blocks for a successful work environment. We maintain strong commitments to both.


Our values reflect the great "pride" we take in what we've achieved as a company. At City National, pride isn't just an idea in and of itself. P.R.I.D.E. also stands for the set of values that are at the heart of City National's exceptionally solid and dynamic work environment. P.R.I.D.E. stands for:


  • People: Our clients, colleagues, and all the people in the communities in which we work and volunteer. People always come first at City National.

  • Relationships: The connections to work colleagues and clients, to our communities and families. Relationships are the bonds that link us together and that truly connect us to the work we do every day.

  • Integrity: High standards of excellence, business and personal ethics, honesty and commitment. Integrity is at the foundation of everything we say and do.

  • Dedication: Our commitment as a company and as individuals to always do our best, to work with purpose. Dedication means we continually work to strengthen relationships, products, services, work environment and community.

  • Entrepreneurs: Our pledge to contribute to the success of entrepreneurial businesses and organizations. We believe in embodying an entrepreneurial spirit by taking a creative approach to any endeavor.


We focus on hiring the best-qualified colleagues who represent these core values, and create career opportunities that will secure their future with City National Bank. Pursuit of and commitment to these values make City National a truly enjoyable, respectful, and fulfilling place to work.

Military Service Veterans

You've shown your commitment to serving our country. Now be part of a team that's dedicated to serving your community.

At City National Bank, we value the leadership, teamwork, organizational skills and mission focus that you developed and utilized while protecting our country. We provide career opportunities in areas where your training, work ethic and integrity can be transferrable to the day-to-day operations of our bank.

Our colleagues take great pride in our strong commitment to serving our clients and our communities, and we are looking for individuals that demonstrate this same P.R.I.D.E. The core values you learned through military service can be the foundation for future success at City National Bank.

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City National Bank President and CEO; Chairman and CEO, City National Bank Russell D. Goldsmith
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    "Great Culture/Growth opportunities"

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    I have been working at City National Bank full-time (Less than a year)


    Great place to work and grow! Everyone I have encountered has been here ATLEAST 3-25 years. They also continue to stay!!!!! Wonderful, Wonderful environment. Everyone is so kind and welcoming. I have been here for about four months and have been loving the learning experience. This is one of the best bank's to work for in DTLA! Everything is very efficient and modern. They have great perks, and lunch+learns, HR, and assistance if you ever need anything. I recommended it to all my colleagues.

    Pay is also very competitive, more so than other banks!!!!!


    Have to pay for parking
    Parking lot is about 1 block away from building (5-8 minute walk)

    Advice to Management

    Great place!!! Keep up the good culture, and attitude. Everyone is really happy here.

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City National Bank Photos

City National Bank photo of: Proud to be home in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles community
City National Bank photo of: First day in the new 2Cal office building!
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City National Bank photo of: For Unity Day 2017, colleague volunteers read anti-bullying books at local schools
City National Bank photo of: Russell Goldsmith, Chairman and CEO, at Town Hall LA's 80th Anniversary Celebration
City National Bank photo of: Volunteerism is a big part of the culture, especially in October
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City National Bank Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at City National Bank (Los Angeles, CA).


    The entire process took about 3 months. The HR department was extremely friendly and helpful. Phone interview.... one on one interview with the department interview with the CA.

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City National Bank Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2018
  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009

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