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Western Alliance Bank Reviews

Updated Oct 1, 2019

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2.9
40%
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Western Alliance Bank CEO Kenneth A. Vecchione (no image)
Kenneth A. Vecchione
7 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are some really great people in pockets of the organization(in 7 reviews)

  • "The bonus structure is competitive and includes an annual bonus available to all colleagues based on bank performance measures(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Almost perfect"

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    Former Employee - AML Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time

    Pros

    Everyone, including all management, is easy to get along with. They're willing to give you all the training you want as long as you ask for it. They provide ACAMS memberships.

    Cons

    Units seem to be divided by pay scales where certain people get paid more while working less.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-03-04
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Be Careful"

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    Former Employee - Wire Transfer Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Close knit working environment Big Christmas/Holiday party Annual bonus

    Cons

    Expensive benefits Lack of adherence to regulatory compliance Upper management will bend rules and regulations for clients with large balances Ownership of Bridge Bank (red flag after red flag from both clients and employees) Old technology When you quit, HR will ask you to leave a good review online (specifically on Glassdoor), because they are aware of their unfortunate reputation

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology and focus on internal compliance Instead of asking employees to leave good reviews online, maybe fix the issues that are causing employees to leave

    Western Alliance Bank2019-09-26
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Beautiful Building but BAD Bank"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Auditor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Gorgeous and safe office space, great resources and some kind support staff.

    Cons

    Wow. This place couldn’t keep staff for longer than 6 months to a year due to hostile work environment, lack of structure and organization, zero protocols being followed and extreme personalities in upper management that were awful to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Make some guidelines...follow them. Repeat. Train your directors and managers to treat support staff like humans and not dogs.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-09-12
  4. Helpful (1)

    "FX Trader"

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    Current Employee - FX Trader in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work hours, ease of expectations

    Cons

    Career advancement, employee engagement, lack of incentives, peers

    Western Alliance Bank2019-10-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better but not there yet"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fairly flat organizational chart high level of interaction with senior management company is nimble in ability to react to market conditions Company is trying to improve visibility of women in senior management

    Cons

    No real progress seen yet in moving more women to senior management positions Very difficult to fire underperforming employees

    Western Alliance Bank2019-08-15
  6. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great team of Experienced and Talented people that values team spirit

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great Job!

    Western Alliance Bank2019-08-11
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stepping stone, not a long-term option"

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    Current Employee - Officer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people at Western Alliance Bank. Without them, turnover would be even worse than it is. Compensation is generally good, but be aware that what you negotiate initially will pin your salary/wages to that amount. Cost-of-living increases do happen, but they are based on performance and are 2 - 3 %. Bonuses are always nice. Parking is paid for by the company in some locations (i.e.... Downtown Phoenix) Generally, you will be able to increase your job responsibilities over time.

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    Cons

    Rampant favoritism and politics. Unrealistic workloads without allowing employees to properly prioritize or communicate being overloaded. (I.e., being met with a "suck it up" attitude.) No or inconsistent direction from management. Poor leadership. Communication is lacking from the top. Terrible work-life balance. Salaried employees expected to answer calls, respond to texts, and check email at all... times. Overall, I really appreciated the opportunities I had at Western Alliance Bank. However, the environment was too toxic to stay. Sidenote: Many of the positive reviews on Glassdoor are from HR looking to boost the score on here. I have heard of HR-driven directives straight from the mouths of people in that department.

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    Advice to Management

    Weed out bad leaders, support the people who report them to HR. Allow for and encourage criticism and feedback for leaders.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-08-19
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The good employees are leaving.

    Cons

    Everything is a con at this employer. Lack of leadership and direction especially in the technology department. Lack luster environment with inept CTO and CISO that harbor the qualifications of inexperience and inadequacy whom are incapable of driving an efficient program. The only thing they use their hands for is pointing the finger to blame and not pointing finger toward success.

    Advice to Management

    Reorg.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-08-08
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Western Alliance Bank"

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

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is competitive and bonus can be very good. There are some really great people in pockets of the organization.

    Cons

    Rampant organizational dysfunction, lack of cohesive strategy and leadership. Very little to no work from home.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-04-18
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid IT - otherwise evaluate and give it a shot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I am a seasoned professional - Much of the company and culture is positive where the teams/employees are secure in their positions.

    Cons

    Not quite sure why they have IT, they don't develop, most departments are enterprise, but the head and those that do the dirty work know they ride on others coat tails. If you join....be aware and watch your back! Also HR just occupies space.

    Advice to Management

    really looks under the covers - there are many smoke screens. If they continue to set up those that get them to the finish line, they will run out of real estate.

    Western Alliance Bank2019-01-11
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