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Updated Jan 19, 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sorta Good."

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    Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at M&T Bank for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Team. Everyone is very knowledgeable, and willing to help. Nobody makes you feel stupid for asking a questions.

    Cons

    Not really set up for success. Hard to find support when you need it. Convoluted process on a lot of things. Project managers get changed frequently during projects. Easy to lose momentum.

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    M&T Bank2017-05-22
  2. "Just don't do it if you are an experienced developer or contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at M&T Bank for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are a complete novice/beginner, then you will be able to blend in.

    Cons

    If you are a professional Java developer, I will strongly advice you to stay away. Not the best time to join as a contractor or a person of color. Too much partial aggression and micro-management from managers who think that people of color cannot think for themselves and should not speak up in technology. You will see a lot of people who want to discredit you because they want to take credit for your work without knowing what they are doing.

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    M&T Bank2020-01-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Meet & Talk is accurate"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at M&T Bank for more than a year

    Pros

    M&T seems to be a very financially stable company. I would not expect hardship layoffs any time soon. From speaking with FTEs, benefits seem slightly better than average. Pay is slightly above average from what I've seen in Buffalo. With the new CIO, Mike Wisler, there seems to be more of an investment in technology, and there is finally becoming a slow change in more capable leadership. If you're looking to work in a tech department with low expectations that's slow and doesn't deliver, M&T is a good place to hide and collect a paycheck. There was someone at my office who was audibly snoring at their desk multiple times over a period of months, and they still got converted from contractor to FTE. PTO is excellent - 5 weeks, option to buy a 6th

    Cons

    The aforementioned change is coming extremely slowly. To make things worse, M&T is VERY far behind in the pack, and has a lot of ground to cover to even catch up, both in terms of technology, and in capable management who have tech experience and can speak to the areas they have authority over. I was not willing to wait as long as it's going to take for Wisler and his new hires to identify the weak links and replace them with managers and directors more skilled than the ones currently in place. Wisler has set some very loose goals and has provided little direction. He claims M&T is going to hire 1000 tech employees in Buffalo and make it a tech hub. This has led to many stale requisitions on the career page, as such a goal is unachievable in any reasonable amount of time. Nor is it necessary, based upon the workloads I saw, or the pace that the bank goes through projects. The job listings also list a number of technologies that you'll never get to see. Don't get too excited if you see Jenkins or Maven as required or recommended - those are not in use by any of the groups I had worked with. Wisler has also provided instruction to tech that projects are going to be done in an agile fashion. However, he's received no buy-in from the rest of the business, so while tech teams are operating in sprints and are documenting all of the necessary agile tasks, management is still expecting all of the traditional waterfall documentation, and meeting static deadlines. It's doubling the administrative work while providing none of the agile benefits. A year or so after this initiative began, FTEs are finally starting to receive the agile training that's badly needed in order to be competent in this methodology. For the last year, all that "agile" has meant is that teams have loud and intrusive meetings outside your cubicle and put up a bunch of Post It notes on the wall with no detail. M&T utilizes offshore developers, but they work on India time. If you need to communicate with them and it can't be done over e-mail, get ready to host a meeting at 7 AM or 11 PM because they don't work our business hours. Projects are frequently put on hold or delayed. I had heard of a number of surprisingly simple projects that had been going on for 2-3 years due to missed deadlines, being put on hold, and then starting up again 6 months later with all new staff. The culture at M&T is very unproductive. Groups are highly siloed in IT and rarely work together. On any given task, if you ask an employee with tenure who you should be working with, you'll usually get an "I don't know." The typical modus operandi is to call a meeting for even small questions, and pull in anyone who may be tangentially relevant. Perhaps 5% of the ad hoc meetings included an agenda/plan, and were rarely useful or productive (to most attendees) due to the shotgun approach of loading up the invite list. Turnover in IT, especially amongst contractors, is very high.

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    M&T Bank2019-10-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Legacy."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at M&T Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning about the finance industry is great.

    Cons

    Extremely legacy. 1) Managers are there to fill managerial positions. Not to teach. 2) Softare language used is completely legacy. Please use C# 3) Legacy software processes utilized. 4) Tenure is more valuable than skill. Which is why the bank lags as much as it does. It is bad. The new CIO coming in encouraging learning is great. I do not think he knows the challenges he faces ahead.

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    M&T Bank2019-10-10
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Changing for the Worst"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at M&T Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company does a lot in the community. A lot of hard working colleagues.

    Cons

    This company has changed drastically. The talk about all the hiring doesn’t talk about the massive amounts of layoffs of older workers. Technology is in absolute shambles and the workers are either terrified of layoffs or confused by direction. They have implemented a new forced distribution performance review, which has been proven to be extremely unsuccessful across all industries, but great way to lay people off.

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    M&T Bank2019-08-30
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Changing company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at M&T Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Hiring 1000 employees over the next 3 years.

    Cons

    For years they’ve pushed work from home and a really good work life balance. Now they want everyone to come back into the office instead of working from home. Many employees are not happy, and we’ve worked here for 10, 15, and 20 years.

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    M&T Bank2019-05-19
  7. "Good company"

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    Software Engineer in Williamsville, NY

    I worked at M&T Bank for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and friendly staff

    Cons

    Limited chance of contractors going permanent.

    M&T Bank2015-07-23
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