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Hancock and Whitney Bank Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Hancock and Whitney Bank President & CEO John M. Hairston
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Pros
  • Great benefits, friendly staff and good pay (in 5 reviews)

  • 2 weeks paid vacation starting out, even for part time employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management either doesn't know about the problems or they just don't care (in 5 reviews)

  • there are no cons that i can think of (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great people. Great company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Gulfport, MS
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Gulfport, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time

    Pros

    I recently interviewed with Hancock and Whitney Bank. Don't know if I have the job yet, however, great group of friendly people who are focused on hiring top talent. Everyone from the recruiter to the top executives seemed genuine, happy to work there and eager to make the whole process pleasant for potential candidates. First class organization with first class people.

    Cons

    Only cons appear to be some of the negative reviews about the bank being focused on "selling". Seems a little silly because it is after all a business that is focused on growth and stability, which in-turn benefits the employee and the community where they work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on current course of being an aggressive, friendly and family-oriented institution.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The Secret Key to Success"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you know someone in a high place within this organization you can write your own ticket and never lift a finger! If the world comes to an end, there is an executive bunker capable of withstanding an F4 tornado just north of I10 (main Gulfport exit, near splash island) available to a chosen few. Whitney Bank used to have a really nice big-game hunting preserve, but we had to sell it before I was able to make the trip. It's been a while, but when I was there, I was able to use the company's offshore sport fishing yacht to "entertain clients" but they never let me use the jet. (That was pretty much reserved for John & Carl.) If you hang around the right people long enough, it becomes very easy to "say the right things" in order to appear as though you know what you're talking about, but none of us really had a clue (nor did we care) about what was really going on. So long as our share price met/beat expectations, we could play. This is also the luckiest company alive, we got a pile of money after Katrina which allowed us to purchase People's First Community Bank just a couple of years after the storm. When everything collapsed, we were flush with cash and went a little crazy, but we would be idiots to turn down the loss share agreement we got? (way better than the Guarantee National deal.) Immediately after P1, we "acquired" Whitney National Bank (thank you Suntrust) and almost lost our shirts. Thankfully we came to our senses and brought in McKinsey and Co. The BP money started flowing around the same time and it really helped. This allowed us to get through cutting 1/2 of the company's headcount. The jerks at Whitney sold us on a bill of goods (we hated the Whitney people and they hated us; still do) and buried us in a 1.7B (yup B) upstream oil portfolio back when oil was trading at 100 barel, with a break even of 40. When oil tanked, so did we (thanks Whitney) and we had to cut deep once again. The good thing is that there were plenty of people in retail and middle management to cushon the fall. (What do you mean you can't hit your unrealistic golas? LOL! Gone.) We sold off our insurance shop along with a few branches, combined regions and expanded the remaining middlemanegers' responsibilities. (At least you still have a job. Now thank me for doubling your workload, and no, you will not receive any additional compensation. If you went to college, you would have more options wouldn't you?) The best part of all was when I left. I essentially paid myself (an effing fortune) to leave. I almost felt bad for all of the poor dumb saps who "couldn't believe they would do me like that, after all of my years of service". Yes, I really want to connect on LinkedIn, whatever will I do now? Tards!

    Cons

    Dodd Frank and the CFPB have really become a pain in the butt! Along with FDIC auditors and those jerks over at Zacks telling the world that we're going to post earnings WAY above anything we could ever pull off. This is Mississippi, we're not exactly known for our business and financial acumen.

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead and pull the trigger on the First NBC Bank deal and bring Carl back. Chase may still be in the market, and if not, there's always PNC.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Like most bank's today - SELL SELL SELL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller IV in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Teller IV in Pensacola, FL
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, comfortable environment, really great coworkers, respectable job

    Cons

    The sales pressure is tremendous, and when I was there at least, the products just weren't that good. Lousy fees on checking accounts, out-dated Christmas accounts, and avaricious investment contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your baseline products to ease selling and remove some sales pressure from teller staff


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Services Associate in Gulfport, MS
    Former Employee - Financial Services Associate in Gulfport, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a relatively large company, so there is potential for movement within the company.
    It have a long history of over 100 years in business.
    Jobs are somewhat stable.
    The benefits are about as generic as any other company.

    Cons

    The company has a tendency to fire those who have been with the company for over 15 years.
    They don't pay what you're worth; if they can get cheap labor from you, YOU'RE HIRED!

    Advice to Management

    You should really VALUE the employees you have, especially those who work for the company for extended periods of time (over 10 years). If employees are willing to stick around for that length of time, then you should show some appreciation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Liars and cheats"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Bank Teller in Gulfport, MS
    Former Employee - Senior Bank Teller in Gulfport, MS
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to work for this company

    Cons

    They lie and cheat their employees. The employees are nothing but a number to them.

    Advice to Management

    Get some BALLS and fight for the good employees that you have.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Services Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Services Associate in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Services Associate in Tampa, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and benefit package.

    Cons

    Software outdated on teller and sales platform. Too many manual processes that slow production. Pay scale is lower than comparable banks.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with branch personnel.


  8. "teller"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Teller in Houma, LA
    Former Employee - Associate Teller in Houma, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hancock and Whitney Bank (More than a year)

    Pros

    easy going, hours, vacation, insurance

    Cons

    pay, only 30 minutes for lunch


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Most unorganized company in banking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Personal Banker in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lower level management is aware the many issues and seem to genuinely care although nothing is ever corrected.

    Cons

    Upper management either doesn't know about the problems or they just don't care. We are given goals comparable to Chase, BOA etc. but no tools to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Walk a day in our shoes and fix the issues so we can all be more productive.


  10. "Relationship Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hancock and Whitney Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Opportunities for advancement
    Strong position within the community
    Generally good clientele
    Good reputation (in many cases)
    Longstanding history
    High level of autonomy

    Cons

    Status-oriented and hierarchal
    Every man for himself environment
    Clumsy management decisions
    Incompetent middle-management
    Inability to anticipate or weather regulatory changes
    Inconsistent competence of sales team
    Very slow to adopt new technology
    Arbitrary incentive structure

    Advice to Management

    Weed out toxic/ incompetent employees
    Develop a very clear vision and keep employees abreast of this plan
    Either eliminate sales incentive structure or maintain one that is consistent and appropriate


  11. "Financial Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hattiesburg, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff and good pay

    Cons

    have to work late hours in collections and almost every weekend

    Advice to Management

    learn new ways to manage collections to make it easier on your employees that work at your smaller Branch Harrison Finance


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