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Brookline Bancorp Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Brookline Bancorp President and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Brookline Bank Paul A. Perrault
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  1. "Financial Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Medford, MA

    I worked at Brookline Bancorp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small public bank; successful commercial lender.

    Cons

    Major emphasis on commercial lending; retail investment advisory program needs more commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Don't want to be judgmental please!


  2. "Have lots of patience when working with them"

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    Former Employee - Mortgage Closer in Lincoln, RI
    Former Employee - Mortgage Closer in Lincoln, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brookline Bancorp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible, great pay, near lots of conveniences

    Cons

    Working with a 35 year old who behaved like a 10 year old addicted to facebook, puppy dogs and dresses and who talks CONSTANTLY while the adults work. Having a manager who is not mentally present and who literally says "I don't want to get involved" when assistance is asked from her for escalated issues. Being told to lie on their company survey because "if you put any negative comments on the survey, they will find out who you are." Conflicting management who hates and talks horribly about each other to their employees. Absolutely no organization. A Manager who has no idea what her employees do and has no interest to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Become involved! Learn what your employees do. Do not allow your employees to troll Facebook for 5 hours a day while other are slammed with work. Don't EVER tell your employees to lie on your companies survey because they will be weeded out and punished! Do not speak horribly about your boss to your employees! Tacky, Tacky, Tacky


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management was inadequate"

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    Current Employee - Small Business Underwriter in Lincoln, RI
    Current Employee - Small Business Underwriter in Lincoln, RI

    Pros

    Great Benefits, salary was ok but not up to Boston area standards

    Cons

    Middle Management was inadequate. After the merger they did not cull out ineffective managers


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookline Bancorp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers who are willing to go out of their way to help
    The customers are the biggest priority
    The bank continues to expand rapidly which will result in more career opportunities
    Work/Life balance
    Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Very old school mentality in regards to customer base. The bank needs to adapt in order to compete with larger banks that have invested time/money in the technology sector

    Advice to Management

    Begin putting more focus in startup companies


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lot of potential still needs to streamline business model understand consumer base and execute."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookline Bancorp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small company can get things done efficiently and take market share from the big boys. Compensation is in line with competitors and senior staff has experience to teach junior staff with each department having their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Cons

    Some folks still have a sleepy savings bank mentality need to separate wheat from the chaff. Its not a 9-4 bank anymore time to step up people's game. A lot of "thanks not my job" mentality and siloed nature of departments.

    Advice to Management

    Need to set achievable goals then measure and manage to them. Where are we going, how are we going to get there and what is that going to take?


  7. "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Compliance in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookline Bancorp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at Brookline Bank was a great experience, especially as I was starting out my career after college. The company is small, so the experience I was able to get was very diverse. They pride themselves on being able to promote from within. I was able to move up through the ranks fairly quickly, so I'm very grateful. I would probably still be there if I hadn't moved across the country.

    Cons

    Operations (where I was) is managed very differently than the front-line staff. Communicating across departments could be challenging sometimes, but not immensely difficult. The major "gripe" is that compensation tends to be lower than other companies in the financial services field - although the tradeoff is that you don't feel like you are on the chopping block constantly like with other banks.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the compensation. The Boston area is expensive. Its a great company to work for, and staff will stay longer if they can afford to.


  8. "Short Employment but Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brookline Bancorp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours were reasonable
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Career Opportunities
    Personal Growth


  9. "Good company to work for and to grow with"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookline Bancorp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company with growth prospects; good colleagues

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning ,same corporate rat race

    Advice to Management

    Nothing worth mentioning


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Brookline Bank - General"

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    Current Employee - Teller in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Teller in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A generally positive environment with leadership that is more than capable, if not always completely understanding. Typically bearable to enjoyable co-workers, customer base, and policies represent a small, but growing financial institution on the upward trend.

    Cons

    Potential for discord lurks beneath the surface, and it rarely surfaces, the possibility can be somewhat discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    While progressing strongly and with certainty, be sure to keep recognizing the front line employees, who do the company the biggest service by not only retaining clientele, but actively recruiting new clients, both in accordance with the sales goals, as well as with personal contact unrelated to sales. A disinterested or incompetent facadecan hide even the best run corporation.


  11. "A Great Company Limited By Size"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in Brookline, MA

    Pros

    Working for a small bank allows you to know every employee in the company. It allows you to know exactly who you need to call and in what department. It also allows the company to be very agile. I also believe this company is set in stone to be in business for a very long time. It is one of the best capitalized banks in the area, and the management is very capable. Simply the fact that most employees of the bank have been here at least 5 years, even on the retail side, speaks for itself.

    Cons

    Being a small company, the opportunity for advancement is small. There are less positions to fill, which can lead to frustration when opportunities do open up and there is a large pool of very deserving and able employees.

    Advice to Management

    When goals like two new branches per year are announced, try to stick to it. One full year without opening any branches, briefly after reinforcing the two branch per year standard is a bit confusing and frustrating.


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