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First Niagara Financial Reviews

Updated December 12, 2016
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First Niagara Financial President, Chief Executive Officer & Director Gary M. Crosby
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  • Lofty sales goals, systems and software are a step behind the competitor (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management should be more organized with processes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, great opportunity."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional, team oriented, empowering opportunity with supportive management.

    Cons

    Frequent corporate buyout speculation interferes with morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in your current positions long enough to realize more of our potential..


  2. "Personal Financial Advisor"

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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 Niagara Financial full-time

    Pros

    Flexiable schedule and unlimited commission potential.

    Cons

    Good amount of bank work is needed.


  3. "Good Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mortgage Consultant in Canton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Mortgage Consultant in Canton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great conscientious place to work

    Cons

    Management has flexibility. This is good / bad depending on your level of management. If you can work unstructured, this is an asset for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going


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  5. "Very nice internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    Pros

    Best place to work for. Very friendly staff and very guiding manager

    Cons

    Merger brought uncertainty over the employment


  6. "credit assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Assistant in Hudson, NY
    Current Employee - Credit Assistant in Hudson, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is helpful.
    Team leaders are very engaged and friendly.

    Cons

    No temp to hire for my position.


  7. "Operational Accounts Payable, Payroll and administration of the corporate emplyee benefits"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Resource Coordinator/Benefits Analyst in Webster, NY
    Former Employee - Benefits Resource Coordinator/Benefits Analyst in Webster, NY

    I worked at First Niagara Financial (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First Niagara was a good company to work for at any level - acknowledgement and appreciation given one on one as well as at Team meetings for jobs well done.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my job and Team Leader so much I didn't work out a good work/life balance.


  8. "Great local and mid-level leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Financial Associate in Uniontown, PA
    Current Employee - Personal Financial Associate in Uniontown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have great local and mid-level leadership.

    Cons

    The company is still catching up to the 21st century in some ways.


  9. "Financial Sales Assistant"

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

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great company when it started out, very involved in helping you obtain licensing and learning the business

    Cons

    Can be disorganized as they continue to grow and buy other banks, current employee's can feel forgotten about as other employees coming on board from the bank's First Niagara bought seem to take top priority

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the employee's who helped make you who you are today


  10. "LOTS of responsibilites"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller
    Former Employee - Teller
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get lots of free stuff. Blankets, key chains, pens, etc.

    Cons

    You have more than one job to do and getting referrals means everything in the company. They have also been laying off people randomly and demoting some as well.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the teller referrals


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing bank who are attempting to build a infrastructure to support the growing business."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Heavy investment in IT coming in the near future. Lots of opportunity to find a project that interest you.

    Cons

    Infastructure is lacking. Company grew to fast and focused more on acquisitions then it did profitablility and internally.


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