I have been working at Fremont Bank full-time (More than 10 years)
The people are phenomenal, very supportive of each other and committed to doing a good job. Fremont Bank is flexible and can change direction quickly if needed because they are a community bank and have less red tape
The nature of our business ebbs and flows, which means we can become very busy and very quickly. We rode a wave of low interest rates for longer than we've experience in the past and our people worked too much overtime and did not have a good balance between work and home life. You need to have both to have happy employees
Advice to Management
When there is a downturn, always keep a solid core group and try to find other ways to reduce costs.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Fremont Bank (Livermore, CA) in August 2016.
I have applied to a few openings at Fremont Bank. So the HR person decided to set me up with 3 hiring managers in one meeting at their Livermore office. One of the three hiring managers did not show up. They asked basic job related questions, financial spreads and any experiences in C&I, CRE and covenant monitoring. They asked about how I would deal with rude and difficult RMs. After that I was called back for a second interview this time with the hiring manager who didn't show up the first time and the under writing manager. They gave me a credit test where you decision loans. After all of that they then asked for 2 references, and one last phone interview with the VP. After all of this they extended me an offer which was extremely low. I told them that I have another offer and they laughed because they cannot match anywhere close to the salary, benefits or vacation.
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