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California Bank & Trust Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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David E. Blackford
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Pros
  • Excellent reputation and great people (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are a 'foot soldier' (just starting your career or a new college grad), there is a lot of opportunity to learn (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no direction, no incentives for hard work (in 7 reviews)

  • Knowledge won't get you far, how much you schmooze inappropriately with senior management will (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Two Different Worlds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great; people really care about each other.
    Customers are treated like individuals with unique financial objectives; they are not seen as sales objects.
    Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Systems provided by the parent company are obstacles to getting things done.
    The parent company is driving outcomes more and more without understanding consequences of their decisions.
    Overhead in Salt Lake City is squashing profitability and productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Bancorp Management makes decisions in a vacuum and then seems truly surprised at the less than optimal results when something rolls out to the banks. They are behind the eight-ball with out of date systems but continue to insist on building them from within. It's been a recipe for poor results for years.


  2. "Poor Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Relationship Banker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Relationship Banker in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks include coffee, and tap water

    Cons

    Too much to all list here.


  3. "CB&T"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Palmdale, CA

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust (More than a year)

    Pros

    The training an development is good.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible vey expensive and no coverage.


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  5. "Position Eliminatiom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people were great, particularly before Zions Bank bought us.

    Cons

    The emphasis went to bottom line vs people, which had always been our hallmark. People, customers and employees, were ALWAYS our most important goal, Not anymore, sadly.

    Advice to Management

    Respond honestly and timely to associates!


  6. "San Diego's best bank for 6 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumming, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumming, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The bank has a community feel because there are so few branches in such a large city. Employees are eager and willing to share knowledge to help others further their career

    Cons

    Consistently overlooks internal talent in favor of a college degree. Technology and computer programs are antiquated. High deductible health plan. Pay isn't competitive.


  7. "Customer Service Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Family environment.

    Cons

    Health insurance at Kaiser with Co-Pay.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "First Vice President, Relationship Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - First Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - First Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment, relatively flat management structure resulting in a lot of opportunity and visibility for talented workers.

    Cons

    Mediocre leadership team. Talent across the organization as a whole is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate more talent and allow them to thrive.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "FSR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - FSR1 in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - FSR1 in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at California Bank & Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good for employees who don't have ambition

    Cons

    Low pay, no direction, no incentives for hard work

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of working for this company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Loan Specialist II in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Loan Specialist II in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive comment I can make is getting a paycheck.

    Cons

    The company does not believe in promoting within. I know every company has their politics but this company is the leader in bad politics. The company seems to reward bad behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn to reward hard work and discipline bad behavior.


  11. Helpful (4)

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    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chino, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good training program , good learning experience

    Cons

    Management doesn't care for others growth within the company , doesn't care to further knowledge or share good strategies to improve . Don't really care about goals or products . Not professional with employees

    Advice to Management

    If you want to get into the banking industry this company isn't one to care about improvement or promote within the company . Don't care about long term goals . Employees have retired being tellers and only that .. Not very professional at all. I recommen start off at a bigger corporate where you can learn how to deal with all types of customers .



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