I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time (More than a year)
Working with an elite team of bankers, Never Micro-managed, No silos/Flat Management Structure, Progressive, Quick to adapt, Your voice is heard, And of course...Great Base salary, Quarterly Incentives, Annual Bonus, Annual Stock Awards. Not to mention...monthly birthday celebrations and the best holiday party ever.
Hard to think of any. This is the best job I have ever had. Limited locations, so I have to commute, but it's worth it. There isn't much for training, but this is no place for beginners.
Advice to Management
Don't sell out. Keep taking calculated risks. Keep staying one step ahead of the industry.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Western Alliance Bank (Phoenix, AZ) in October 2016.
I interviewed over the phone from Los Angeles before relocating to the Phoenix area. There was a number of cancelled interviews during that time frame and the recruiter was not able to get them rescheduled with the hiring manager (I later found out that the hiring manager was not longer with the company).
When I finally relocated to the area 2 months later, I contacted the recruiter and was scheduled for an interview for an Internal Audit position with a different team (Financial versus Operational audit). By this time I had another offer for the same position from a different bank, which was higher than the offer I received from Western Alliance (WA). WA eventually matched the offer.
When I went in to sign the offer letter, I was asked to submit to a background check. At this point, I had not yet completed an application. After getting fingerprinted, I was required to go to a lab for drug testing using a hair sample. Because I have short hair on my head, I ended up having to get my forearm shaved.
I then received a call while I was driving home from the drug test informing me that my background screening came back and they would like for me to provide "explanations". The background report was emailed to me and indicated several arrests dating back to when I was 16yo. I am currently 36years old. Albeit I had no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions (except for two minor traffic-related misdemeanors with fines that I paid- $100 and $500 respectively). The offer was then rescinded.
I then accepted the first offer I received from the other bank. That bank did not ask me about my arrest record and was only concerned with crimes related to theft, embezzlement, money-laundering etc. This to me made more since given the fact that this is a desk job and its not I'm applying to be a shuttle bus driver. The other bank did not require me to submit to a drug test,
The bottom line, I think everything happens for a reason. I am very happy where I am now working for a larger global bank with a much better reputation.
Apparently, WA risk appetite is very low because they have probably had a number of claims filed in recent years. I an almost bet that was the reason for considering arrest which did not lead to a conviction and minor traffic violations.
Nonetheless, I am in my first month with my new employer and I am already being considered for a promotion since I am the first Internal Audit hire in the Phoenix office (the other IA team members are in San Francisco and New York City). Not only do I have the "first hire" advantage, I have more flexibility. My audit supervisors are in different States and are a pleasure to work with. I have no one breathing down my neck and I can work from home most of the time.
I've since learned that Western Alliance has a very high turnover. Given my experience, I am sure there is a reason for the turnover. I shouldn't have wasted my time interviewing for a job that would have placed me in a hostile, or at the very least. uncomfortable work environment.
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