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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) Overview

Tacoma, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (COLB)
Banks & Credit Unions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Columbia Bank is a full-service Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, serving businesses, professionals, and individuals through more than 140 branches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We offer the sophisticated solutions and lending capacity of a ... Read more

Mission: We truly believe that our people make the difference. Our strong bank and thriving culture are built upon our ability to attract and retain talented bankers who posses industry expertise, deep knowledge of and affinity for their local community and a commitment to maintaining ... Read more

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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) – Why Work For Us?

Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, with comprehensive solutions and expertise to meet the evolving needs of businesses and individuals.

Growth is vital to remaining a preferred option for customers. It advances the services and expertise we provide on their behalf. Columbia Bank has grown both organically and through acquisition, in cases where we recognized the benefits of a strong fiscal and cultural fit. In the process, we've leveraged our community-minded, locally committed way of doing business from a single branch to a 140+ branch regional footprint throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Today we employ a wide range of extraordinarily smart and devoted people, delivering relationship-based customer service. Most important, we've maintained our dedication to being THE community bank in each and every community we serve.

Our people truly do make the difference.

Join a New Era of Banking

We’ve served as a true leading community bank for more than 20 years, and offer a variety of roles across the Northwest. Join us as we build a legacy of valued relationships while creating a new era of financial solutions as a leading community bank.


We truly believe that our people make the difference. Our strong bank and thriving culture are built upon our ability to attract and retain talented bankers who posses industry expertise, deep knowledge of and affinity for their local community and a commitment to maintaining exceptional customer service standards. Customer service is the cornerstone of the Columbia Bank culture and we work diligently to ensure we consistently meet our high standards both internally and externally. We attribute the recognition we have received throughout the years to our employees’ ability to consistently deliver on this promise.

The Strength of Our Relationships

Our customers and community are central to everything we do. We excel in helping each one find the right financial solution, and then we go the extra mile. Our passion for community engagement is demonstrated every day, and we encourage our employees to get involved. We also maintain a positive community that fosters personal and professional growth for every employee. Meet the Columbia Bankers who are creating the future of finance one relationship at a time.

Benefits and Perks

Curious what benefits are available as a member of our team? We go beyond traditional benefits because we are committed to taking care of Columbia Bankers for life.

Vacation Days

Employees receive a minimum of 10 vacation days in addition to 10 federal holidays. You also receive your birthday off. Go celebrate!


We match you $0.50 on the dollar for the first six percent you contribute to 
your 401K.


• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Wellness Program
• Life Insurance
• Long Term Disability


Worklife Balance

• Vacation
• Sick Time
• Birthday Off
• Federal Reserve Holidays
• EAP, Employee Assistance


Savings and Investments

• 401K
• ESPP, Employee Stock 
   Purchase Program
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Transportation Reimbursement
• Flex Spending Accounts
• Employee Discounts

Find a Better Balance

Better Balance
Life is about finding a comfortable equilibrium, and we understand the importance of being home for dinner with loved ones or at the game with friends. Members of the Columbia Bank family rest assured knowing their time in the office and at home is valued and respected so they can have the best of both worlds.

Make a Difference Beyond the Bank

Community engagement is a cornerstone of our foundation and culture. When recruiting new talent, our goal is to hire exceptional candidates who share our passion. We believe that people who are engaged with the community are equipped with tools that allow them to build meaningful relationships. From fundraisers to hands-on service, part of being a Columbia Banker is deriving purpose from making a difference.

Bring Your Passion & Make an Impact
Community engagement is a cornerstone of our culture. From fundraisers to hands-on service, part of being a Columbia Banker is having a passion for giving back while moving the community forward.

Banking on Community

We believe that people who are involved with the community are equipped with tools that allow them to build meaningful relationships and personalized solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers. From financial support to volunteering, we give employees the time and resources to support and participate in various causes that they are passionate about. Our active involvement makes our neighborhoods stronger and healthier.

Growing Social Responsibility

We understand the importance and significance of creating healthy communities. Each year we challenge ourselves to raise more funds, donate more time and extend our support to the community organizations that make a real difference. As a result, we logged 15,356 volunteers hours in 2016.

Commitment to Community Impact

Great communities are founded upon great neighbors. We strive to be the best neighbors in every community we serve. From the Oregon Coast through the mountains of Washington state and the plains of Idaho, our mission is to make every neighborhood the foundation for a strong, healthy and vibrant community. Our dedication is demonstrated through enduring relationships with local, regional and national charitable outreach programs whose focus is to enhance the lives of those who comprise our communities.

Raised by more than 84
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
events held across our footprint in 2016.

Raised for the
American Heart Association in 2016
in addition to a campaign 
promoting healthy communities.

total funds raised in 2016 for non-profit organizations and causes

Seattle Business Magazine
2016 Community Impact Awards
Business of the Year Silver Award
Large Firms (Western Washington) 
Portland Business Journal
2016 Oregon's Most Admired Companies
Financial Services Award
South Sound Magazine
2016 The Best of South Sound
Best Large Business and Best Bank 
Statesmen Journal
2016 Best of the Mid-Valley
Best Bank Silver Award

Puget Sound Business Journal
2016 Corporate Citizenship Award
Ranked #1 Medium-Sized Business in Washington State
Portland Business Journal
2015 Top Oregon & SW Washington Commercial Lending Firms

Business Examiner
2015 Top Places to Work,
Large Employer Award Honoree

Puget Sound Business Journal
Top Corporate Philanthropist

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington’s Best Workplaces
Bauer Financial
5 Star Rating
Seattle Business Magazine
Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 
SBA Seattle District
Top 504 First Mortgage Lender
SBA Portland District
All-Star Award
Northwest Business Association
Top Lender Award


  • Checking
  • Savings, IRAs, CDs, and Money Markets
  • Personal Online Banking
  • Personal Bill Pay
  • Personal Mobile Banking
  • Personal VISA Card Services
  • Overdraft Protection Center
  • Residential Lending

Small Businesses

  • Business Checking
  • Business Savings
  • Business Loan Center
  • Business VISA Cards
  • Merchant Card Services


  • Commercial Banking
  • Cash Management
  • Commercial Loan Center
  • International Banking

Wealth Management

  • CB Financial Services
  • Columbia Private Banking
  • Columbia Trust Services
  • Professional Banking
  • Wealth Management Team

Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) Reviews

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    The recruiters of Columbia Bank aim to form teams of patient and personable people who work hard and try their best do things right the first time. The recruiters and management take special care in the hiring process to ensure your personality fits well with the existing team. If they do it right, you will end up on a team who will quickly become your friends and those friends will help you have a great day, everyday. The provided benefits are fantastic, it will be hard to find better.


    It's a high stress work environment if you are not completely comfortable with giving bad news to impatient customers. The primary cliental of Columbia Bank are Baby Boomers who are pleasant when all is well, but ultimately do not have a lot of patience for change or inexperienced employees. Pay is relatively low for the work we are doing, and the provided training allows you understand very basic transactions but almost nothing beyond that, the rest of the training is on-the-job or on your own. This job will exhaust you if you don't love your work. If you feel no satisfaction in being a banker, you will be very unhappy here.

    Advice to Management

    Be slow to anger, and affirm your team members whenever appropriate. Be approachable. Errors have to be presented to management immediately after they are discovered so that they can be rectified with minimal headache. If tellers attempt to hide the error they made, the error could create a mess that may result in a closed account or termination.

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    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) (Tacoma, WA) in August 2017.


    it takes about 2 weeks to finish all three rounds of interview. First round: phone talk with hr, second round: in-person interview for technical problem, and final round: show your projects.

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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) Awards & Accolades

  • Best Large Company + Best Bank, South Sound Magazine, 2016
  • Top Places to Work, Business Examiner, 2016
  • 2015 Top Places to Work, Large Employer Award Honoree, Business Examiner, 2015
  • Top 20 America's Best Banks, Forbes, 2015
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