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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 local and mid-level leadership"

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    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.


  2. "Financial Sales Assistant"

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    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

  3. "First Niagara has a local feel for a large company"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Buffalo, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    FNFG was very flexible and the culture was great. I learned a lot from upper management.

    Cons

    Working in a cube, you aren't able to interact as much with fellow coworkers.


  4. "LOTS of responsibilites"

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    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


  5. "Excellent Management, nice work enviroment"

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    Former Intern - Solutions Delivery in Lockport, NY
    Former Intern - Solutions Delivery in Lockport, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and understanding management, positive work environment, great internship program, and solid work-life balance. Even as an intern, I was treated with respect and given a relevant and highly visible workload. Getting time off was usually easy (as an intern), and the work / life balance was good.

    Cons

    Given the company size, it's sometimes difficult to get much variety in the workload compared to say, a smaller consulting company.

    Advice to Management

    Great management. Understanding, and pushes employees to excel and grow. Keep it up!


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  7. "financial advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    growing company and great management

    Cons

    pay structure in banking is going down

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Good, standard summer internship"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Tolland, CT
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Tolland, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are usually really nice. Very down to earth work environment

    Cons

    upper managament is not very open to subordinates

    Advice to Management

    get to know your subordinates more, be visible.


  9. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company to for. Provided great opportunities and covered tuition costs through Center for Financial Training. Gives back to local communities as well!

    Cons

    Sometimes the branches get to busy for the number of tellers on the line. Inconsistencies between branches and rules could become stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Have your computer system use photos- so when someone opens an account their picture will come up- tellers don't have to continually ask for IDA and customers don't have to get mad when they are asked eveyday.


  10. "Senior teller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people

    Cons

    Constantly pushing sales with sometimes no benefit to me


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