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  1. "Held Multiple Positions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    CEO has a tremendous amount of experience to learn from if you are willing to put the time in. You get out what you put in and are rewarded accordingly.

    Cons

    We are all putting in our fair share of time in the office but my last paycheck reflected this and the experience I am gaining is second to none.

    Advice to Management

    Continue training as you are - employees are embracing this although some may not be sharing or stating this to you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Worst employer ever- Had to give them 1 star to complete review but would give them -3 if I could"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None- not one. Hard to use 5 words to describe this place!

    Cons

    Where to begin? First of all the reviews that state the owner is awful are absolutely correct. Any reviews otherwise trust me are fake reviews. If you want to work somewhere you are treated horribly, micromanaged, not trained and have crimes perpetrated against you- work here. I discovered a month into the new year that I worked here that they were withdrawing monies from paychecks for medical and dental but had not signed employees up for the benefits. I was never paid the commission I earned. I was at this job for 6 months and there were 3 comptrollers during that timeframe. One I reached out to after leaving the company and he said he had evidence the company was falsifying the books. This place was a nightmare!

    Advice to Management

    Whatever you are doing behind the scenes that this company is a front for- stop.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "CEO is corrupt, no morale compass or business ethics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None whatsoever there isn't a single good thing to say about this horrible company

    Cons

    CEO should have stuck to being a sandwich artist at Subway he is nothing more than a bad used car salesman....we all know he has had an affair with an employee they sucked at hiding the obvious. Paranoia is rampant and you have to make sure you show up, shut up and kiss the royal backside of the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Quit getting BJs in the office and pay people what they are worth...assuming you can keep the doors of the company open.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Run As Fast As You Can!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pro's: Leaving there was the best thing I could have ever done!

    Cons

    Owner is horrible. He is NOT a good manager, he trusts no one, he is aggressive in his mannerisms, he has no loyalty to his employees, He is dishonest and hires temps to fill chairs in the service center when potential clients are being courted. Lot's of smoke and mirrors!

    Advice to Management

    Stop making your employees miserable. Value what they offer you and treat them like human beings.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ungh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    CEO has a great vision and ideas for where to take the company.

    Cons

    He has no idea how to execute those ideas and puts no faith in his employees.

    Advice to Management

    Set the job descriptions and give your employees the tools to execute their job. Reinvest in your technology. It is critically out of date.


  6. "Incompetent to the top."

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    Former Employee - Benefits Coordinator in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Benefits Coordinator in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job was relatively easy, though it was constantly busy. The benefits weren't too bad either. They did have some small company perks like a Christmas party.

    Cons

    It seems the further up the ladder the more incompetent they got. Upper management was totally full of themselves (example: when they would come into work, they used to park in the fire lane rough in front of the doors). Some had no business being in the positions they had there at the time. And even though it was a small company there was such a disconnect just by walking through a doorway from the call center to the offices, no one knew what the other was doing.

    Advice to Management

    Close. Your competition has grown way too strong and your failing business won't last with what you have in place.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I would put "negative stars" if I could"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely "no pros". I have not 1 word in praise.

    Cons

    This has got to be the worst place to work at. There was somebody or the other leaving or getting fired EVERY week. Employees had to "punch in" in the morning and "punch out" in the evening (and also punch in/punch out for lunch). They'd spy on you through their Monster Dot Com Employer account to see when you last updated you resume and call you out for looking for another job. Promises were not kept.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans. Wait, why am I wasting by breath? You are never going to change

  8. "I had a good experience at Westlake."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to grow and advance career.

    Cons

    Can be easy to work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance needs to be improved


  9. "Worst Financial Institution"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WestLake Financial Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pros at all

    Cons

    Worst company I've worked for. Payroll is a joke unqualified employees never was paid correct amount or on time.

    Advice to Management

    Need to mentor employess


  10. "working at westlake"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    was one of the worst experiences of my life

    Cons

    there was no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    This was a toxic environment. Based on comments here, it still is. I have met more people who were fired there than I can count. What does that say?


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