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First Busey Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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First Busey President and CEO Van A. Dukeman
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  1. "Mortgage origination"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mortgage Banker in Richmond Heights, St. Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Mortgage Banker in Richmond Heights, St. Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Busey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good programs and products. Fairly competitive rates and commissions. Good portfolio products. Well capitalized. Accessible local management. They do have some talented people.

    Cons

    Lack of management at top. Lack of vision from executive team. Not very competitive on correspondent jumbo products. Pricing could be a little better.


  2. "Universal Banker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Universal Banker in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Universal Banker in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Busey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, good work-life balance, nice wellness program

    Cons

    No benefits for part-time employees


  3. "Goo place to Learn - Don't stay too long"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Champaign, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Busey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Busey has great people. Co-workers are friendly, helpful, and engaged. Working with customers is a great way to learn banking and financial sales. There is a matching 401(k). There are opportunities to learn, become a leader, and receive incentives.

    Busey has a nice culture. There are perks available including vacation, sick, and personal time.

    If you are skilled at inter-office politics, you can advance into higher level roles.

    Cons

    It was my experience that Busey pays low and does not negotiate the base wage. Your annual raise is determined by the corporate board without regard to your personal performance. Most bankers I knew do not receive an incentive, so base wage is very important.

    From my experience and seeing others, it takes a very long time to be promoted, and there is a strong culture of favoritism and being "liked" by management. Being liked is more important than making the sale's numbers, and being liked involves a certain level of "sucking up" to managers. If you are liked and make the numbers, there's a very good shot at promotion to a manager after a couple of years. If you are liked, but don't make the numbers, you still have a good shot at promotion. If you make the numbers, but are not well liked, you have less of a chance at promotion. And if you do not make the numbers and are not well liked, well, you will probably never be promoted.

    The healthcare benefits are high deductible plans.


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  5. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Busey full-time

    Pros

    Easy to move up if you do your job. Position availability is hard in some markets.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side

    Advice to Management

    Look at reevaluating the pay scale.


  6. "Full time employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Busey full-time

    Pros

    Ok benefits, offers a clothing reimbursement which is nice if you need to use it. Offers a few hours a month of pay for employees to volunteer where ever they would like to.

    Cons

    The Salaries could be a bit higher and there is little training on new systems. Could have better communication with the employees.

    Advice to Management

    The more training that the employee receives, the better it is for the company and the employee. A happy employee is always a better working employee.


  7. "Card Services Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Champaign, IL

    I worked at First Busey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent hours and pay. Friendly coworkers. 401k with a match was great. Work stays at work.

    Cons

    Low pay with lots of pressure from management. Might be your style, but it wasn't for me. Management was a total grab bag of leadership styles ranging from too casual to dictatorial.


  8. "Teller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at First Busey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits,friendly employees,lots of chances to learn,great customer base

    Cons

    Hard to advance,hard to get time to go to career development programs

    Advice to Management

    Work on helping people to be able to keep advancing in the company


  9. "Trying to Compete with Big Banks"

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    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Punta Gorda, FL
    Former Employee - Personal Banker in Punta Gorda, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at First Busey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great relationships with customers, small branches, close staff, great place to start a banking career.

    Cons

    Trying to join the big bank sales culture. The customer base is not large enough for that in Florida. Customer demographics in area want to get away from these practices.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that the reason our customers came to our bank in the first place is that they are tired of being hounded to open accounts every time they walk into the bank. They want a good relationship with their banker without the pressure of all the sales. Now, every time they have any contact with the bank they're being sold something. Until rates come up, at the very least, we can't thrive in this big bank culture using big bank techniques as such a small institution. Go back to selling great customer service.


  10. "They did an excellent job with working around my school schedule!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at First Busey part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -lots of products to offer
    -Get to join in on community activities
    -Allowed to make more money by going above and beyond

    Cons

    -because I worked with many other young college students, the turn over rate was rather high


  11. "Well.. it is okay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Teller in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Busey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mid-managers are nice and friendly. Pay is average. There is a room for upward movement. Plus, they offer a lot of training to make sure that you can deliver what Busey asks you to do.

    Cons

    Working could be intimidating. Mid management, unlike mid-managers, focus on being very aggressive to their customer, which brings some of pressure to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Tellers were constantly asked to do more than what was necessary.


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