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Western Alliance Bank Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Aug 18, 2019

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Western Alliance Bank CEO Kenneth A. Vecchione (no image)
Kenneth A. Vecchione
7 Ratings
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  • "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)

    "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
  2. Helpful (24)

    "You will regret accepting an offer"

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    • Senior Management
     in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Alliance Bank

    Pros

    Coworkers are mostly pleasant

    Cons

    Just the most misguided dysfunctional place you could possibly ever imagine. Awful benefits. WAB treats employees like garbage. You're not allowed to have work life balance and management will belittle you and play favorites. An email came out saying they were targeting 3.5% merit/equity increases for the 2016 annual employee reviews which was followed by a correction email that came out minutes later saying they were targeting 2.5%. You can tell yourself it was a harmless typo but anyone who had been at the bank for longer than 2 weeks would tell you the owner crunched the numbers and decided he'd rather keep an extra ~$900,000, buy himself a jet, and allow the discontent to fester.

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    Advice to Management

    Replace HR and fire IT

    Western Alliance Bank2016-08-30
  3. Helpful (17)

    "Bad Corporate Environment to the Extreme"

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    IT Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Alliance Bank

    Pros

    Pay was good, was interesting working downtown and in skyscraper

    Cons

    Bad benefits. Health insurance was sub-par. HR department immature and unethical in their actions. IT Department was a revolving door of people. Mostly because of the management decisions, and actions. If they didn't like you, which was most, you were terminated. FTE or Contractor. Didn't matter. I worked many hours and was salaried. Told I really didn't put in the extra time. Responsibilities were given that were out of scope with job. Favoritism was rampant. Lots of behaviors that played out like a reality TV show where people are voted off the island so to speak. No work life balance. Organizational goals were in flux daily. Fires always being put out daily and many times could have been avoided. VPs use worker bees as escape goats for their bad decisions. Very cut throat department with people being nice but then later throwing you under the bus. Bad corporate culture to the extreme. VPs don't like being questioned when facts support they are clearly not disseminating the correct information. Unrealistic expectations of employees like business trips that get extended by days at no notice. Trouble getting reimbursement for travel expenses on out state business trips after you paid out of your own pocket. Went on for weeks. Tense work environment. All in all, it started great and I was their biggest supporter then I was slowly treated with no respect and poorly after being so ethical and hard working. Not sure what the environment is in 2016 but in hind sight I could have saved a lot of time and heart ache by skipping this opportunity.

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the VPs that have been there the last few years. They are holding the IT dept back and ruining a culture that could be collaborative and decent place to work with vindictive behavior and superiority complexes. All my working career never seen anything like it. Revamp HR department. Immature HR group leaving Western Alliance open to liabilities with their actions.

    Western Alliance Bank2016-03-07
  4. Helpful (7)

    "IT Department Fail at Western Alliance Bank"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Only pros I can come up with is the pay was average to a bit above and being a small bank there was the potential to affect the bottom line. Unfortunately, the IT VPs/CTO inhibited that. I will address in the Cons.

    Cons

    Poor work environment. Leaders in the IT Department are not forthright and deal with employees in a very nasty way by berating and not giving direct feedback. New of employees that never got reviews then months later were let go. Bad or non-existent feedback loop. Leaders play favorites with lower level employees. No clear direction by IT Leaders. Mostly putting out fires from preexisting systems or because of bad IT Management decisions. I agree with another review I saw. Working in this companies IT Department will stunt your skills and ultimately hurt your career. If anything being associated with sub-par management and ethics. Very stressful. No work life balance for IT Management subordinates. Management routinely breaks promises regarding pay and work schedules. Will bait and switch presented opportunities when you get hired if were contractor first.

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    Advice to Management

    This advice is to CEO and upper Executives/Board at Western Alliance. Get rid of your upper management in the IT Department before it is too late. They are cultivating a culture of retaliation for ideas that are good, out of the box, and anyone else who even voices a different opinion they shun/get rid of. Their vision that so far has proven to cause problems, be ineffective, and will eventually be even more destructive to Western Alliance Bank as a whole. A lot of damage may have already been done.

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    Western Alliance Bank2015-03-16
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