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First Busey Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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First Busey President and CEO Van A. Dukeman
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  1. "One of the Best Banks to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trust Operations Specialist in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Trust Operations Specialist in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for! Good benefits and great people to work with. Company genuinely works hard to meet the needs of its four pillars: Associates, Shareholders, Customers, and Community

    Cons

    The diversity of it's employees dwindles the higher up the corporate ladder you go. This is probably the same for most large corporations.


  2. "Work Hard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for movement through and up the company. Hard work is rewarded. Intelligence is recognized. Top performers are properly compensated. Consistent pay growth. Most benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Many initiatives don’t support all associates. Many initiatives die very quickly. Culture is inconsistent throughout the company. Base pay is low. Health care is mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reducing costs. Eliminate dead weight from mergers. Hire for culture, and hold people accountable for treating other departments with respect. Show that no department is more important than another, otherwise state that one is.

  3. "Wonderful Place to Work in Central IL!"

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    Former Employee - Risk Management Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Risk Management Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very caring about associates, strong growth, successful executive management

    Cons

    Lots of pressure when management takes on more than the employees can handle


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It's a trick!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Record Management Supervisor in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Record Management Supervisor in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemed to be organized and professional.

    Cons

    There is a sickness moving through Busey. A great deal of initiatives are useful, but are not take to heart by middle management. Change is made for change's sake rather than meaningful impact. I would not work at Busey again, not even if they Promise anything. In my experience the promises they make are seldom actioned.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, find a way to eradicate all of the employees that are still partisan to mergers and acquisitions of years past. These disrupters are not worth the effort and have proven they are not willing to adapt to meet the new Busey. Van and other C level people have pretty flawless visions of a fluid, evolved Busey. However, when the profound programs are rolled out at the middle they die or become misguided.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with genuinely enjoy their jobs and enjoy working with each other. Everyone works together and supports one another.

    Cons

    Some of the management decisions are questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Work together and come up with solutions that work.


  6. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Busey full-time

    Pros

    Cares about employees, family friendly, growing and expanding

    Cons

    Low salaries, very formal (like most banks), expensive health insurance


  7. "Universal Banker"

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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

  8. "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.


  9. "Retail/Mortgage Special asset Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at First Busey full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility with work hours.

    Cons

    Little concern for employee welfare/happiness. Training is minimal and basic if that.


  10. "Mortgage origination"

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    • 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.


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