First Niagara Financial

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No Room for Advancement. Cutthroat, High Pressure Sales Environment

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Allentown, PA (US)
Former Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Allentown, PA (US)

I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great Benefits. 100% coverage. Decent vacation package.

Cons

Management plays favorites from top down.
Fired some people for "policy violations" but not others for same "violations".
Cutthroat environment.
"Diversity" value prevents the company from firing under-performing employees"

Advice to Management

Get your act together or I wouldn't be surprised to see reverse discrimination lawsuits on the horizon.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Professional in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I have been working at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is fairly decent though there are some slugs who are way over paid.

    Cons

    Management by fear. CEO is a bully, and other senior people are intimidated by him. He's a dictator. A lot of scared and angry people running the joint. Joyless place to come into every day. Like a morgue. CEO too emotional, not steady. Makes decisions to grow so he can lap up the attention. HSBC acquisition was a mistake. Growing too much - chaos ensues. Because of fear culture, and the chaos from growing too fast, everyone plays the blame game. Most of top execs are not qualified to run a bank this size. Ditto for the board of directors. Amateur hour.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.

  2. I worked at First Niagara Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Upper management should be more organized with processes

    Advice to Management

    Better organization and communication to all levels of company

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