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  • "Great culture; great work life balance(in 122 reviews)

  • "M&T Bank is a wonderful bank to work for(in 74 reviews)

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  • "There were no downsides to working at M&T(in 70 reviews)

  • "Upper management let a few great employees leave due to the 18 month contract rule(in 40 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Jan 6, 2021 - Mortgage Processor III 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      M&T is a great place to work. Very good culture and employees feel appreciated

      Cons

      So not have any to add

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place to work if in right area

      Jan 15, 2021 - Cybersecurity in Buffalo, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pros: Good Management, Ability to shift into different careers, emphasis on people being nice to each other. M&T Bank is a great place to work. In the Cybersecurity organization, the leadership gets it. They understand the role is to support the business and enable them to make risk based decisions. They are very supportive of their employees and employee growth. Other organizations that I've worked with, such as commercial, also understand they are supporting the business. As a result, everyone tends to row in the same direction. They also get that the business is about relationships with the customer. The exception that I've seen is Technology organization. It is political, morale is low, leadership does not listen to their staff, and there is a lot of fear due to constant reorganizations and firing of staff based on politics - not performance. So if you avoid this part of M&T, you should be good.

      Cons

      salary raises are typically around the rate of inflation

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      TDPs beware. Don't be fooled by the "tech hub transformation"

      Dec 26, 2020 - Full Stack Engineer in Buffalo, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Generous PTO if you are at a higher officer title. Cushy job to ride out to retirement if process and paperwork and little action doesn't bother you.

      Cons

      All companies take time to adjust to new practices, save for VC-backed startups. There is no arguing this. However, M&T claims to be a new leader in the "tech transformation" both internally, and as a beacon in Buffalo, NY. The only beacon this represents is one that is lit 24/7 when something is on fire. Expect to find overworked and stressed mid-level developers and practically no competent senior developers left. In the summer of 2020, nearly 16 mid and senior developers walked out after months of frustration and process, paperwork and absolutely no progress on a new flagship product after 3 months in development. The response? Outsource the project to a vendor and start all over again. But if you ask leadership those "tough" questions, they response will always be the same: "These aren't the droids you're looking for." Two years ago, a new "TDP" program was started. This was essentially a program to hire fresh grads from their 4-year degrees (community college and bootcampers need not apply). While the idea behind grooming new developers to the workforce is admirable, and appealing at career fairs (after all, you'll get a free mug, t-shirt and "M&T Tech" in a cool startupy font), most of these TDPs find themselves being mentored by the same incompetent senior developers who believe .NET WebForms is still the future, and that "agile" should be said with a sense of magic and mystery. This program of some 100-150 TDPs rotating through is filling in the gaps of the missing mid-level developers. You have the occasional unicorn TDP, and the majority of the rest truly have significant potential. But, without solid tech leads and senior developers to guide them in non-M&T best practices in software development, I fear many will find themselves with few new skills, and 2-3 years at M&T on a resume, thinking they can hop to a mid-level position elsewhere, but still having the skillset of entry-level. If you want opportunity in development in modern frameworks (Angular, React) and modern concepts (CI/CD, microservices, containerization), look elsewhere. We can't even get the corporate proxy to work with NPM. In fairness, there is *one* team at the bank building an Angular-based product, with a .NET Core backend. They seem to be immune to some of the issues of the bank. But even they struggle often, and don't have the need or capacity to bring on 50 new devs. Most hires will be under other branches of development. (not to be confused with git branches - we don't know what that means here) M(eet) & T(alk) prides itself on its abilities to schedule developers in meetings for 7 hours nearly every day, leaving you to either get very little done, or work into the late evening to get your expected workload completed. Everything moves as glacial speed, with committees of 12 or more meeting for 6-8 weeks to make simple product discussions. Due to the high churn rate in technology (development), most knowledge meetings for new features, vendor onboarding etc. require all developers on a time to go, instead of a representative. This protects the knowledge from being lost should one or more devs walk. Which they do. At the end of the day, its difficult to find support in leadership when senior-level still refers to "The cloud" in the same tone of voice as the alien toys from Toy Story say "The claw", middle management is the same management as pre-tech-hub - finding it difficult to accept new trends (you know, like Git source control instead of TFS), making it even slower to truly transform, and most competent tech leads and developers having already jumped ship, despite hanging on as long as they could, hoping it would get better. Check out other recent developer-job reviews for this organization, you'll see the pattern. Don't let the new "Tech Hub" fool you. The same incompetent leadership is still steering the ship into the iceberg.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Wait 18 months or so before joining M&T Tech.

      Oct 14, 2020 - Senior Tech Manager in Buffalo, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Buffalo is a great community to live in - CIO visionary, want to build a FinTech.

      Cons

      Technology is a bit chaotic right now as the division pivots to agile. Wait at least 18 - 24 months before signing up with M&T. CIO is working to eliminate remote work force, COVID was a speed bump, vision is to have entire staff in 1 building in downtown Buffalo.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      good and bad

      Nov 4, 2020 - Operations Associate in Buffalo, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The generous PTO and work/life balance at M&T are really helpful especially for those who are caretakers. Senior leadership is great.

      Cons

      Salary and merit increases are low compared to the average. You have to pay for expensive parking lots when working downtown. It can be hard to advance and move on into new departments. Obvious favoritism is common in a few departments.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Outdated, redtaped and filled with office politics.

      Jan 9, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      decent pay for the location

      Cons

      Management is rife with "old timers" who graduated with an english degree in 1970 and have no idea how any industry works outside of this bank, So much bad mouthing in the office, you don't even want to go to work. All about pleasing management and telling them exactly what they want to hear. Thats why M&T bank will never be a well known bank outside of Buffalo, they can call themselves "global" all they want.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Different

      Aug 14, 2020 - Customer Service Associate in Hackensack, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have work a different bank before and M&T is different. Maybe because its a small bank in the area, but there were many times where I ended taking responsibilities above my level. Which was great for learning, but I admit there were some trial and error involve. But for me personally, it is fulfilling when you start a something that you are probably not ready for and end up exceeding expectations.

      Cons

      Its a bank. If a retail bank is not for you, this company wont change that opinion. And what i listed as a pro can be considered as a con for some people.

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      "Tech Transformation" = Politics, Stack Rank, Interns, Dumpster Fire

      Dec 13, 2020 - Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Generous time off, 401k match, typical large company benefit bundle.

      Cons

      I've been misled by the "tech transformation." I was recruited out of state from a real tech hub and sold fool's gold. I am a highly qualified senior software engineer and am accustomed to working in shops that run a tight ship and value technology. M&T is a circus rife with staunch business folk who have been stuck in the same antiquated ways of working for decades. There exists not a single piece of decent engineering here but rather old, archaic, and embarrassing failed attempts to create things other organizations have done years ago. You'll be introduced to vendor-based projects running on life support that were slapped together by long gone contractors and be expected to maintain them with a smile. Engineering excellence will not matter here, nor your modern skillset or credentials. All that will matter is how well you can play the corporate game and the ability to appear busy and important. In other words, how much you can be a politician. Look forward to meetings all day where people do nothing but talk about doing cool new things but never actually attempt to do them. I’ve been subjected to “conversations” for months on end to start making software but it never happens. On the occasions where I’ve built something on my own to solve a problem in a modern way, those solutions were grossly misunderstood and met with resistance and skepticism from every angle. Microservices? Not understood. Containers? Not understood. Source control? A novel concept. The kicker of actually creating something that solves a problem here? You’ll be identified as a threat from the folks who would never attempt such a thing and ostracized from the herd. In over a year here, I have seen not a single honest tangible act to fulfill the “tech transformation” that is touted so regularly here - all talk - all pretend. I’ve felt like a sucker for accepting a position here with reasonable expectations. M&T is also playing copycat to other organizations, desperately stealing practices that worked in their competitors past travels. Look up “stack ranking” and “rank and yank” coined by GE and still used in some places and the toxic hunger games culture it brings. It’s here now and used in, no surprise, ways that are misunderstood and without regard to the cultural damage it causes. M&T is burning through senior engineering talent at an astronomical rate and betting the farm on hiring interns and “TDPs” to save the place, a technique also stolen by a huge competitor of theirs. Again, a practice that is misunderstood here and one which leadership expects a sudden teleportation into nirvana while skipping over all the hard work and commitment needed to meaningfully and sustainably get there. Soon M&T will be a daycare full of interns and leadership who misunderstands technology, and they’ll revert back to the starting line again and again because it failed like many of things here. You’ll be handed your Windows laptop and spend months trying to get past corporate proxies, password lockouts, feats of installing dev tooling that is near impossible, and a wealth of bureaucratic nonsense, only to sit on the sidelines watching your team participate in rituals of “working” on haphazard codebases to release a monthly change on a weekend that is laughable in relative progress. M&T spent decades disregarding technology and it shows in every facet of working there. I’ve never seen a place where technologists are regularly undermined by old guards and treated so poorly. I absolutely hate working here and cannot emphasize enough how truly disappointed I am.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Summer Internship

      Oct 6, 2020 - Summer Intern in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      M&T Bank had one of the best communities I have ever interned with.

      Cons

      Parking in Baltimore can be a little inconvenient.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      They treat their people well.

      Jan 28, 2020 - Relationship Banker 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      M&T is a solid company to work for. They treat their people well, they don't hound you for sales goals, they really want you to build a relationship with your customer. I get about 4 weeks paid time off only working here for a little over a year. And honestly I enjoy coming to work each day.

      Cons

      - M&T should stand for meet and talk. There is a meeting for everything, and we talk about everything at the branch level. Many times I feel like the meetings are very repetitive and could be an email. - Moving up seems difficult. It seems as though they often want you to move up each little level until you get into a role that you want to. This could take eons. They love a story here about how people often start as tellers, and work their way up to a regional manager, etc. - Systems are a little dated. However they are really trying to improve their technology going forward and are investing so much into this area.

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