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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) Overview

Tacoma, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (COLB)
$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

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

Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank dedicated to our customers, our communities and our employees. We place the highest priority on customer service and strive to make a positive contribution in each community we serve by employing people who truly make a difference to our customers and communities.

In this part of the website, you'll learn about how we do business, our commitment to communities, our directors and officers, our latest financial reports and our latest news. Whether you're a potential employee, customer or investor, or you already have a relationship with us, we thank you for visiting our website.

Columbia Bank is a Pacific Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington with a network of branches throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. As a regional community bank, Columbia is able to offer a comprehensive array of financial solutions and expertise to meet the needs of businesses and individuals while providing the kind of service you expect when doing business with a neighbor.

Columbia’s community banking philosophy places the highest priority on relationship-based customer service and providing a positive work environment, while striving to make meaningful contributions to each of the communities it serves. We consider it a privilege to work alongside our customers, giving our time, talent and resources to make our communities better places to live and work.


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.


• 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


  • 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
  • West Coast Trust
  • Columbia Trust Services
  • Professional Banking
  • Wealth Management Team

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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Columbia Bank Melanie J. Dressel
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  • "Great and Growing Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
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    I have been working at Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) full-time (More than 5 years)


    -Great work atmosphere and room to grow
    -has stay power and allows you to pursue your career at the bank
    -most departments have amazing staff and are like minded


    -can be less than market pay
    -fastest way to grow is to move from branches to back office

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase pay to match the current/future market, and encourage further incentives for branch personnel to stay longer.

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Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) Interviews

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    Float Teller Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Columbia Bank (WA, OR & ID) (Portland, OR).


    My interview was very nice. They carefully select their potential employees, if you are called for an interview your chances are already high. They explained the benefits of being in the position and really sold me on the job. They explained the great opportunities here as well. Great place to work for.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have the means of transportation to travel up to 50 miles?   Answer Question
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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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