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Westamerica Reviews

Updated November 11, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westamerica full-time

    Pros

    Generally a good place to work

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  2. Helpful (1)

    "BSO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westamerica full-time

    Pros

    Good hours, not very demanding, laid back environment

    Cons

    Very behind the times, ver clicky.. you have either been here for 10 years or 2 months not much in between

  3. "Teller II"

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    Former Employee - Teller II
    Former Employee - Teller II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice network of co-workers, amazing training programs.

    Cons

    Older style system, paper heavy work.

    Advice to Management

    Look into high turnover branches.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was nothing pros about this. You work here and you feel like a car sales person.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. The managers suck.

    Advice to Management

    Find better managers


  5. "Horrible Company"

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    Current Employee - Loan Processor in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Loan Processor in Fairfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westamerica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get a (small) paycheck

    Cons

    Low pay, they don't hire from within the company. No one has gotten raises for 10 years. All of your co-workers will have bad attitude. Because Westamerica doesn't get new loans, everyone fills their time by gossiping about other employees.

    Advice to Management

    GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES RAISES! Stop spending money to make the stock price go up. If you give raises, the company will do better and employees will work harder.
    Higher from within the company, spend a little time training them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Central processing clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westamerica full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits good location meh environment

    Cons

    There is no room for upper mobility


  7. "For those who love lack"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westamerica (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, depending on your area or dept

    Cons

    Discrimination, low pay, closed minded, continuous law suits, lack of integrity

  8. "Teller 1"

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    Former Employee - Teller III
    Former Employee - Teller III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westamerica part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pros that stand out.

    Cons

    Very low hourly pay. However, if you do good on sales then the commission is good.


  9. "Branch service officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work environment and good customer base

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement, low salary


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The 1970s and 1980s called"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westamerica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees (those in the trenches) are wonderful and hard working employees.

    Cons

    1) Although most of the Managers are great, a selected few needs both technical and soft skills to effectively perform their roles.
    2) Established technology are similar to those from the 1970s and 1980s.
    3) Senior stakeholders' appetite for risk is low; therefore, although the Bank is profitable due to its agricultural lending portfolio (only competition is Wells Fargo since Westamerica serves populations in areas that do not offer various bank options), the Bank will never be able to compete in the current market. However, the Bank labels itself to be a "large" simply because it's assets are over a billion dollars.

    Advice to Management

    1) Hire qualified and appropriate people in management roles who will work with the team and others lines of business.
    2) Times have changed and an update in the Bank's systems, software, etc. (AKA technology) is needed.


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