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Westamerica Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "By far the best place I've worked. Awesome coworkers and fun work environment!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    #1 is Work life balance-- I have NEVER missed my kids sports practice or games, school activities or awards, etc. When they say "bank hours", it's true! Very flexible schedules!

    Cons

    The only thing I would recommend is updating the branches with new office furniture and decor to keep up with the present times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the good work!


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    "The 1970s and 1980s called"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Needs work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westamerica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to to start with little or no experience but learn the process and move on. Buys banks often to stay profitable.

    Cons

    Intensive sales, very little training. Revolving door for sales officers bankwide. Heavy on micromanagement. Daily meetings are required, equipment financing gets pushed to brokers most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to your employees, lend more to current customers. Relax credit standards to grow through lending rather than buying more bank loans.


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  5. "Teller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Teller in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Westamerica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Monday through Friday hours closed Weekends. Great Customers!

    Cons

    Banking products not so up to date as other banks, pay not as well as other banks, and no raises.

    Advice to Management

    To treat employees with quality and better.


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    "BSO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Bank Teller in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westamerica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Employees are required to learn sales snd operations, so you learn a lot.

    Cons

    No real training or problem solving. Lots of finger pointing and learning on the fly. Very low pay. Upper management is manipulative. Very little promotion from within.

    Advice to Management

    Train and develop your emoloyees. Review your pay scale and adjust it for 2016. Dont pay brand new employees more than your long term employees.


  7. "Teller II,III"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller II & Teller III in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Teller II & Teller III in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westamerica (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Branch support team are very helpful.

    Cons

    1- Not technologically advanced
    2- Very traditional 1970's banking.
    3- Training department is basically a joke!
    4- Low pay. No cost- sharing health plan
    5- No promotion unless making your sales goals which means harrasing customers for products they don't even need
    6- High turnover

    Advice to Management

    You need a better HR and a better Training department.


  8. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in North Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Westamerica (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and performance recognition

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Lots of overtime required but not compensated for. Low salary increases.


  9. "Branch service officer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Service Manager in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Branch Service Manager in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say

    Cons

    Technology was old. No emails for customers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "brsm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Relationship Service Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Business Relationship Service Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is better than most banks and the hours are better. There is longevity with the company

    Cons

    It is really old school banking. no email no internet. test and tally wires. old systems. poor pay

    Advice to Management

    appreciate the talent you get and pay better. you will have less turnover and get more talent


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Teller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teller in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teller in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good Hours
    I can't think of anything else nice to say

    Cons

    Underpaid, undervalued, remove your personality to survive, dinosaur technology, high turnover, sexist.. Do I need to say much more?

    Advice to Management

    The problem starts at the training department who yells at new hires if they can't learn fast enough, your letting your corporate robot sexist trainers runaway and tarnish good people. Maybe the new hires aren't your problem? Maybe it's you!


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