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Washington Mutual Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Stimulating environment, good pay, and great benefits (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people, great benefits, great job (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • poor business practices that led to company being seized by the FDIC (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Poster Child for the Great Recession"

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    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My team was cohesive and filled with good people, for the most part. Business partners were engaged and collaborated as equals.

    Cons

    If you're looking to work for this company, I have some bad news for you... Thanks to unscrupulous lending practices, WaMu is no more.

    Advice to Management

    Think about what your company stands for. WaMu was founded in order to help rebuild after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. In the end it was destroyed by avarice and short-term thinking.


  2. "Ops Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Risk Operations Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Risk Operations Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Washington Mutual (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible scheduling. willing to work with you at times. strong company, good peers and co-workers

    Cons

    management does not share the wealth. poor salary and performance increases. no bonuses for standard employees. not very work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    ok

  3. "cust service rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great benefits and great pay

    Cons

    lay offs came too soon


  4. "HR Business Partner"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional, up and coming on the frontier of technology and HR practices. Strong operation for most part across the company with enterprise-wide support of employees. Excellent benefits and resources. Much to learn from good talent that kept employees reaching to be best with pay for performance philosophy.

    Cons

    As any large organization, much bureaucracy and can be a tough environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected with employees as to all company wide info and news occurring.


  5. "Gone..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got out before they went under.

    Cons

    They went under really fast.


  6. "Values lacking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Values were everywhere and people knew them and asked themselves if they were living them.

    Cons

    Values were not used in the sales/mortgage area so it went bankrupt.


  7. "Loan Processor"

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    Former Employee - Loan Processor in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Loan Processor in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment and great opportunity

    Cons

    Lack of cross training associates

  8. "Organized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Mutual (More than a year)

    Pros

    Organized, mgmt approachable, creative sales.

    Cons

    Competitive, subprime lending downfall for the company.


  9. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with established organization with procedures and lot of learning opportunities. Good location close to home. In site cafeteria.

    Cons

    They were always scaring people about loosing their jobs and having layoffs. They promoted child care site when I was offer a job and they had it closed a month right after I left my previous job and was hired.

    Advice to Management

    I know is hard to manage a slow heavy organization but make use of the talent of your people. There are plenty of us willing o steer the company on the right direction.


  10. "Data Center Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Washington Mutual full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at this company due to the company culture. The company had great benefits and incentives for employee retention.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company was seized by the government and sold to JP Morgan Chase. This led to stocks reaching zero value due to the government intervention


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