First Niagara Financial

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First Niagara Financial Reviews

Updated 10 August, 2014
Updated 10 August, 2014
46 Reviews
2.3
46 Reviews
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First Niagara Financial President, CEO, and Director John R. Koelmel
John R. Koelmel
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    financial advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    growing company and great management

    Cons

    pay structure in banking is going down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast growing bank who are attempting to build a infrastructure to support the growing business.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Heavy investment in IT coming in the near future. Lots of opportunity to find a project that interest you.

    Cons

    Infastructure is lacking. Company grew to fast and focused more on acquisitions then it did profitablility and internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Excellent Management, nice work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery  in  Lockport, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery in Lockport, NY (US)

    I worked at First Niagara Financial as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent and understanding management, positive work environment, great internship program, and solid work-life balance. Even as an intern, I was treated with respect and given a relevant and highly visible workload. Getting time off was usually easy (as an intern), and the work / life balance was good.

    Cons

    Given the company size, it's sometimes difficult to get much variety in the workload compared to say, a smaller consulting company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management. Understanding, and pushes employees to excel and grow. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    LOTS of responsibilites

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    Former Employee - Teller
    Former Employee - Teller

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get lots of free stuff. Blankets, key chains, pens, etc.

    Cons

    You have more than one job to do and getting referrals means everything in the company. They have also been laying off people randomly and demoting some as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the teller referrals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    First Niagara has a local feel for a large company

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    FNFG was very flexible and the culture was great. I learned a lot from upper management.

    Cons

    Working in a cube, you aren't able to interact as much with fellow coworkers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Financial Sales Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great company when it started out, very involved in helping you obtain licensing and learning the business

    Cons

    Can be disorganized as they continue to grow and buy other banks, current employee's can feel forgotten about as other employees coming on board from the bank's First Niagara bought seem to take top priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the employee's who helped make you who you are today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great local and mid-level leadership

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    Current Employee - Personal Financial Associate  in  Uniontown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Personal Financial Associate in Uniontown, PA (US)

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have great local and mid-level leadership.

    Cons

    The company is still catching up to the 21st century in some ways.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Entrepreneurial

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial

    Pros

    Flexibility, Hands off Management, Good reputation, Limber to lend, Good people, Clients like us, Gowing with our clients

    Cons

    Pay/bonus and lack of careeer opportunities compared to other comparable banks is biggest downside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't shortchange us. You'll start losing some of your best!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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