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First Republic Bank San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "pros/cons"

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    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    room for growth, friendly work environment, amazing benefits, 3 weeks PTO

    Cons

    It's very conservative and formal business attire required.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "First Republic offered me great professional skills. The staff there were very friendly and everyone worked as a team."

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    Former Employee - Online Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Online Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best experience I had were always being able to step aside from what you were doing to take a breather, relax and just come back to your work station and get back to what you were doing stress free.

    Cons

    Some challenges were speech monitoring where you would be criticed just by the way you spoke to a client on the phone. Also status monitoring where you would be monitored based on what status you put yourself on while working.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is if your were to take out the speech monitoring I think the stress level you put on your employees would reduce greatly and result into working more efficiently as well.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic Bank as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work as a contract software engineer.

    Cons

    Don't get much access to company culture, for better or worse.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Getting there, but a long way to go"

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    Former Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people work here. No, really, I think FRB hires a lot of team players and people are much more approachable than other companies I've been a part of. The flat organizational philosophy also supports this. The cafe is a great perk, and the student loan repayment option is also very appealing.

    Cons

    Far and away the senior leadership in the IS world needs work. Technology at the company lags far behind others, and the process for improvement is ripe with issues. FRB is the king of purchasing technology and then never implementing it. In addition, the area is way to volatile and has too much turnover. Outside of that, I think the obvious nepotism I've seen is a concern, especially given the bank promotes slowly in general, but certain people with ties are always on the rocket ship, with leadership suffering based on their qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Improve technology, and adjust the referral bonus so it benefits lower level employees rather than VPs. Keep the client focused philosophy!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, excellent benefits, great company culture

    Cons

    No flexibility in schedule, a little stuffy work environment


  6. "Great culture"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at First Republic Bank as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I met a lot of great people while contracting at FRB.

    Cons

    Challenges aligning business and technology goals


  7. "A great place to work with opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Republic Bank full-time

    Pros

    First Republic is a growing company with lots of opportunities for growth and variety in work. The people are great and hold themselves to a high standard of service to clients and colleagues alike.

    Cons

    The fast-paced nature and small yet mighty team atmosphere might not suit everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and focus on people and culture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wire Operations Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Wire Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Wire Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Great health benefits
    3 weeks paid vacation starting 1st Year
    Cheap Lunch provided
    Casual Fridays
    Off weekends
    8-6pm Work Schedule

    Cons

    They offer Contract Jobs which can be six to 18 months longs without guaranteed job stability.

    Job growth is very slow process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Changing for the worse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people for the most part are great, Jim H. built an amazing culture where people were valued. The company funded café is a really nice benefit.

    Cons

    The great culture has unfortunately not been fostered with many of the new leaders and working there, particularly in IT has been increasingly difficult. IT management does not value their people.

    Advice to Management

    Really look hard at the leadership in IT.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Growing organization with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Performance Sp in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Sp in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Republic Bank full-time

    Pros

    The company is growing and has good benefits. They spend time on building teams and relationships between employees by sponsoring activities

    Cons

    Like many growing companies, I find that it has a confusing structure that is always evolving. FRB-FRIM has poor work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to get IT system together.


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