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Columbia Bank (NJ) Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  1. "Amazing company, their value is undeniable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Universal Banker in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Universal Banker in Clifton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits for full time employees
    Hours are very easy to get used too
    Environment is very relax
    Everyone has a voice

    Cons

    None evident, the company itself is full or pros. The only minor con would be the con that every job environment has the occasional lazy boss or co worker who does the minimum


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    "Healthy growing company..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Current Employee - Officer in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The bank grows in strategic ways and has great employees and leaders making that growth happen. Company offers great benefits and pension and executives interact openly with all levels. Very transparent and supportive of personal and career goals.

    Cons

    Baby boomers retiring. Need to speed up succession plans.


  3. "The "Weight" is Over at Columbia Bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, truly the best company to manage work and life. They are all for having a life out side of the business. This is the only good thing I can say about this company.

    Years ago, if you worked in the financial arena, you were blessed to work at Columbia Bank. Other bank professionals would take pay cuts to work here. Their values and dedication to their employees (and customers) was Number 1! That all changed. Under the banks new leadership, they have nose-dived. Ask any of the current employees there. From tellers to Senior VPs. Most do not want to be here anymore or share the same joy once felt when going to work each day. A serious forewarning to any potential applicants.

    Cons

    The organization rolled out a new "get healthy" initiative a few years back. A company executive was quoted as saying, "We need a better looking front line" and "We need better looking employees" The "get healthy" campaign is really hiding the evil purpose that harbors underneath. Leadership starts from the top. Executive Management should look at themselves before judging their 500+ employees on the way they look rather than the dedication they bring to the position.

    Other cons include leadership and career training programs like invitations to Stonier are only for the best looking candidates, not the best qualified. Do a self audit on the individuals within those programs - the truth hurts. Also examine those recently hired over the past year. It's sad but true.

    The Board of Directors should be ashamed of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't appreciate or welcome advice. They are the best in the financial industry. Other banks should model their innovative core values.


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  5. "Great College Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Teller in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Teller in Paterson, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours

    - Great coworkers

    - Pretty competitive salary for a private bank

    - A pretty good training program

    Cons

    - Not much room for advancement

    - Cross-selling is ineffiencient

    - Bad incentive program keeps coworkers disengaged and unfufilled

    - Low company morale

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your tellers and managers that are down in the branches. The amount of blowback that falls on middle management is unbelievable. Set realistic goals for the company and don't alienate your workers.


  6. "Columbia Bank"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Float Platform Teller in Middletown, NJ
    Current Employee - Float Platform Teller in Middletown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits.. Community Bank that thrives on customer service and being personal with every customer.

    Cons

    Much Favoritism. There are many managers that are too young and not equipped to be supervisors.. Hard to grow or to create a substantial career..

    Advice to Management

    Create more direct training for management programs that are immediate to better prepare each individual when promoted..


  7. "They will work with you if you're willing to work with them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Former Employee - Bank Teller in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Bank (NJ) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The customers and co-workers were great. Never ran into any trouble and they work with your class schedules

    Cons

    The business is a little behind modern times in the way they process items and the culture, however it is not terrible but they do need to update.


  8. "customer service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Fair Lawn, NJ

    I have been working at Columbia Bank (NJ) part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great bank to work for

    Cons

    Great Bank to work for


  9. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very family oriented, they will not let anyone go without a good reason, they move from within and gettng a promotion is common, everyone is respectful and curtious.

    Cons

    Many people embrace the 'gossip culture'. The management tends to be very conservative and under the rug about things, they are not easy about change (but that's changing)

    Advice to Management

    Manage risks with opportunities wisely.


  10. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Former Employee - Teller in Fair Lawn, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    hard to get promoted, long training period

    Advice to Management

    none at this time


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Bank (NJ) full-time

    Pros

    Columbia Bank has great hours, great benefits, offers a substantial opportunity of growth and development within the company and is widely involved in the community. The working environment is charged with positivity and hope for the up and coming staff of this establishment.

    Cons

    Needs more Uniformity between the branches and the regions. The back office team needs to be more willing to assist and help employees in the offices with more avidity.

    Advice to Management

    Communication!


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