Washington Mutual

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Former Employee - Vice President  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA (US)

Pros

The vision was exciting at first and I was proud to be a part of WaMu. I was able to do some of my best work, with some very creative and bright people.

Cons

Leadership--and by that I mean the C suite--got caught up in ego gratification and hubris. For the three to four years before the company went under it was all about the numbers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn from your mistakes and surround yourself with people who tell you the truth ... and then resist the urge to run them off if you don't like what you're hearing.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Washington Mutual

  1.  

    Great company that went under.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Teller  in  Visalia, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Teller in Visalia, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great compensation compared to larger banks.

    Cons

    Unfortunately it went under however was saved by JP Morgan Chase.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company---Culture was very good, but failure at senior levels ran the Bank into the ground.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Encinitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Encinitas, CA (US)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, culture. Support in-house promotion vs. outside hiring unless. Excellent stock options and benefits made this a good place to work.

    Cons

    Failure to see that risky lending practices and a greed for money took over vs. doing the right thing for the customer and the employees ended in the Bank failing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the Bank could have remained a strong and solid Bank if it wasn't for the loosing of lending guidlines and a "race to the bottom" to approve any and all loan applications. Housing prices, borrow incomes, and FICO scores, are always a snap shot in time---and while that is how all loans are u/w placing more conservative guidelines could have made all the difference!

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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