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Bank of the West Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Bank of the West President & CEO Nandita Bakhshi
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance, fantastic boss" (in 63 reviews)

  • "they have good benefits and perks" (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management ignores any sort of bad behavior by managers beneath them and chalks it up to friendly banter between co-workers" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance does not exist" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a ton and really introduced me to a Corp. environment that was laid back and easy to navigate. Learned testing skills and concepts in classroom based setting and application.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to report.

    Advice to Management

    Loved Them.


  2. "Great Place to Work, Sales Driven"

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sales, Growth Opportunity, Management was great!

    Cons

    Multi-tasking was required, staff turnover was sometimes daunting

  3. "Pretty Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growth propects good, management collaboration was high during the time I was with the company

    Cons

    Too much politics, lack of vision and direction after a point


  4. "Nice bank to work with but going through lots of changes"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Technical teams are knowledgeable and the ecosystem is well setup.

    Cons

    Too many changes in the past 2 years


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Be careful about going to work there. Lots of promises are made which fall by the wayside. Always reorganizing."

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a better bank a few years ago.

    Cons

    Priorities always changing. What is "in" one day is out the next. Not always transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your employees are human beings not numbers on spreadsheets.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible raise"

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    Former Employee - Universal Banker in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Universal Banker in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly people.
    Good PTO.

    Cons

    Poor executive decisions.

    Sales, sales, sales. Goals extremely high, they have no idea what Total Addressable Market is.

    Pay raise seem to be a joke, 1% when you exceed expectations? Of you are planning on applying for a position, don't take the first offer you get, because I guarantee you that it will take you 10 years to get a $2 per hour raise.

    High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    " retention is cheaper than acquisition ". Apply the same philosophy with your employees. Invest in your employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management and place to work

    Cons

    Too many systems a little behind in technology

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Unorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time

    Pros

    Direct manager is great to work with and is transparent

    Cons

    Absolutely HORRIBLE onboarding, training and consideration for new employees. Roles and responsibilities outlined during interview and offer letter are amended to incorporate other responsibilities you didnt sign up for. Extremely outdated technology and Wells Fargo pushy sales style of old

    Advice to Management

    What's the point


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Bank of the West
    Former Employee - Bank of the West
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the West part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good vibes with co workers, fun environment, plenty of room for advancement

    Cons

    Pay raises low even if you’ve met all your sales goals


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Banker II in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Relationship Banker II in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, hours, work/life balance

    Cons

    This company is hemorrhaging money, the annual reports show that BOW is losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, changes to bankers incentive program equal less money in commissions as the bank tries to recoup its losses, poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking out the mistakes made by executives on the people who actually make this bank money. Management here is from the likes of BofA and Wells Fargo which paints a beautiful picture as to why this company is making poor decisions.