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Bank of the West Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Bank of the West President & CEO Nandita Bakhshi
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  • Upper management that is essentially heartless to staff (in 36 reviews)

  • Sales goals are even admitted by management to be un-realistic (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Growing Up is Growing Strong"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The legacy of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship is alive and kicking! The companywide initiative kicked off over a year ago (along with the arrival of the new CEO Nandita Bakhshi) has proven to be a move in the right direction. Though there are definite pain points to this growth, we are looking to catch up (and surpass) our competitors, both locally and globally. The strategy to align business units, processes and management levels is needed first before true growth can be seen.

    Cons

    The ever increasing "doing more with less" mentality is definitely felt throughout the organization. But this is prevalent in many organization, especially finance, currently. Given the state of government and expected compliance and regulatory impacts that may result, transforming into a more flexible and dynamic organization is critical at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Find the talent within the organization. There is a wealth of talented and aspiring employees that are looking for the next step in their careers and opportunities to try something different. A real problem exists in helping current employees find career paths that are outside their current business unit. Too many walls or lack of access to opportunities (i.e. Hiring Managers) needs to be addressed to grow your employees, which will grow the organization.


  2. "Okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great trails on the property.

    Cons

    Jobs are moving out of state.

  3. "The company has growing pains"

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

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and vacation plan.

    401K match

    Cons

    Difficult to advance unless you are in the clique

    Lack of communication from the top down

    Doing more with fewer people

    Pay

    Advice to Management

    Help employees grow their career, not just your favorites.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, BNPP connection, and volume

    Cons

    Complicated systems, can take long time to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Minimize complicated systems, simplify approval process


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bank of the West"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to move up internally

    Cons

    Slowly moving jobs off shore or out of state.

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement. More remote working opportunities.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Still a good ole boy place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    provides stable income and benefits

    Cons

    Very political; mgmt unable to properly manage resources; mgmt not held accountable for decisions instead they are rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Reflect on results of GPS and work on employee morale.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Work Review/Work env Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bank of the West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Diverse. Good place to work

    Cons

    Politics... why don't we just help each other??? esp. non-performing people from other teams...

    Advice to Management

    Bringing BOW work outside of California would be a mess.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good small commercial bank with a lot of growth initiatives and the backing of a big international French bank"

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    Current Employee - Credit Products Officer I in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Credit Products Officer I in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed and nice work atmosphere
    -Good benefits and vacation policy
    -Lots of talented and nice to work with people
    -Upper Management is communicative and listens to feedback

    Cons

    -Salary is lower than industry average
    -Career growth opportunities are limited and take too long to materialize
    -Talent Management (a lot of talented people leave for competition)
    -Integration with parent adds a lot of hurdles and come in the way of doing business


  9. "Portfolio Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of the West full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Too many hierarchy, makes work turn around slow

    Advice to Management

    Streamline work flow


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre and micro management"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company backed with BNP Paribas

    Cons

    Micro Management, less pay, and worst benefits

    Advice to Management

    Try to compete with other bay area companies by replacing micro-management and offering good pay to retain your talent.


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