Canadian Western Bank Reviews

Updated January 7, 2016
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  1. "Great Benefits Package, much better than the "BIG 5""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits Package Employee Share Purchase Plan RRSP Plan Poised for large growth in the coming years

    Cons

    Old systems (this will be updating in 2016) Very poor training

    Advice to Management

    Training of staff needs to be improved. This would be an easy fix with greater planning when it comes to the onboarding process.


  2. "SSR of CWB"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee benefits and compensation package.

    Cons

    Workplace and colleagues, while most of the entire branch are super amazing and nice, the team i was in unfortunately were totally for the politics. They were perfectionists, in a way that they expect you to be perfect, but if it's them who commit mistakes, it won't be an issue, or sometimes they would try to point finger at someone else. Probably i was just unlucky with the team I worked with. if it were with a different one, my experience won't be as horrible as it turned out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work for ensuring the employment benefits are competitive, as to my direct team, good luck on your career.


  3. "Sr Mgr, HR Programs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Human Resources Programs in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Human Resources Programs in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a wonderful culture of inclusiveness and the executive leadership treats employees with respect. My skills are used to make a positive contribution to the business and my manager ensures I have opportunity to stretch and expand what I know and how I apply it. Leaders are focusing on the results of the Engagement Survey and facilitating change to gain more engagement from the teams.

    Cons

    We have some really strong leaders and others who have been promoted to leadership because they are excellent lenders. There has been a focus on developing excellent people leaders and that takes time. The culture is different in different branches/departments - some teams work really well together and others need some work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the feedback from employees. I know we can't be all things to all people but hearing and reading messages relating to the focus and direction of the bank - we can all make choices about our future. Thank you for being a great company and I look forward to the positive changes being made!


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  5. "Not Much room for Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Work Environment, Young bank with Great potential.

    Cons

    Not Much room for Growth

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Your people's Aspirations.


  6. "Manager Reg"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Compliance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager Compliance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, and great people. Good corporate culture. I I I I I I I I I I I .

    Cons

    Pay level and benefits, opportunities for advancement. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I .


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Out with the old in with the new"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time

    Pros

    relaxed, very short distance in the org chart from bottom to top, opportunity for new lenders to learn everything quick

    Cons

    no accounability, targets are low because they sales are difficult with the existing system, managers are insecure and communication across the board is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    communicate clearly, lip service is not the same as actions


  8. "OK."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Various in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed. They usually hire a pretty low standard of employee so it's easy to under-perform. A lot of firing due to general ineptitude.

    Cons

    Worked with them in Vancouver. Vancouver is a career killer finance wise.

    Advice to Management

    Your hiring cycle is terrible, and a direct cause of turnover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time

    Pros

    The company provides good work life balance and benefits. I find my work peers good to be with on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    The company doesn't stress promoting from within. They would rather look at hiring externally than giving current employees more senior jobs. There is a real old boys network with upper management. Not a healthy environment there.

    Advice to Management

    Value your current employees and treat them well. When one realizes that they have no future with a company they'll leave and work elsewhere.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, but limited opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Western Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People and culture are supportive and promotes a work life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to work in different locations outside of western Canada and to move into different business lines. After working for a few years most motivated people move on because they feel like they have hit a road block for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on engaging and developing your people.


  11. "accunt manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work- life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    Limited location, hard to build portfolio



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