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Square 1 Bank Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Square 1 Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, nice people, no pressure but work hard, very flexible

    Cons

    Lack of formal training / streamlined proceses

    Advice to Management

    Goal setting at the middle/analyst level. Look to streamline training


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Portfolio Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible exposure to the Venture Capital industry, and venture lending in general. You will learn a ton from the bright group of bankers, risk managers, and analysts that you work with on deals. Not a better place to work to get exposure to a unique form of lending. Team based environment that cannot be beaten!

    Cons

    Not many to think of at all - lots of work is tasked to the analyst as per most jobs at the analyst level at any bank. Grunt work will be there as for most places, but still an incredible place to learn about a very niche industry. Compensation could be a bit higher, but that will grow as you grow with the Bank.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Even post-merger this is one of the best places to work in the venture lending industry.


  3. "Portfolio Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Square 1 Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great opportunity to learn about venture lending, venture capital, and the financial services industry in general. Only one organization in the world looks at more VC-related deals.

    Cons

    Management seems to be under the impression that ping pong tables and free sodas are items of major importance to the eager Millennials they seek to hire.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Nothwithstanding the above comment about ping pong tables, you guys are doing a fine job. Rock on.


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  5. "Portfolio Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Square 1 Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn venture banking

    Cons

    HQ is located in Durham

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Square 1 Bank full-time

    Pros

    Culture is unique and fun (growth company, entrepreneurial energy, pool table in the office, snowball fights in the winter, etc)
    Inclusive environment
    Leadership is excellent
    Supports internal promotions and lateral transitions to new departments

    Cons

    In process of merger which is creating uncertainty, changes may affect the culture and energy
    Nothing else to add at this time

    Advice to Management

    Continue the emphasis on transparency and internal promotions, continue spending time and money on events and employee development


  7. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rolesville, NC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rolesville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Square 1 Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Square 1 Bank is very unique in that we are entrepreneurs serving entrepreneurs. Everyday we strive to meet and exceed our clients and prospects expectations. All employee's of Square 1 are treated with respect and are provided with the tools needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. There are always opportunities to grow personally and professionally through training and promotions Square 1 is a very family friendly/work/life balance place to work.

    Cons

    Occasionally, communication is not exactly what one would hope for. From time to time, rather than someone telling you something; i.e. expectations, meeting date/time, deliverable's, it is assumed you know and that you'll have what they need. The problem can be, you don't always know, therefore you are ill prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Always keep lines of communication open so everyone is aware of any deadlines or deliverable s they may need to get completed.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Team, learned a ton and had a great time.

    Cons

    Experience as an analyst is significantly affected by your field team and bankers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and keep it fun!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "LIKE NO OTHER BANK I;VE WORKED FOR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Square 1 Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Above average leadership who actually listens to ideas and lets you be part of the "change". Very relaxed atmosphere. Great work-life balance. Rewarded for hard work and many chances to be recognized when you go above and beyond the normal call of duty.

    Cons

    Recently purchased by another Bank. Anxious to see what that brings.


  10. "Best place I"

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture are amazing. Senior leaders are open to new ideas and recommendations for change. Hard work truly pays off and you are well-rewarded. Opportunity for advancement is available if you excel in your position.

    Cons

    Recently purchased by larger Bank, hopefully culture and business will not change.


  11. "Outstanding leadership and fundamentals, and mission to serve the innovation economy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, culture, culture. One of the rare gems in banking.

    Cons

    Not a deep bench, so you better bring your A game.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the flame lit in the next chapter.


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