First Republic (CA)

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First Republic (CA) Reviews

Updated 10 February 2015
Updated 10 February 2015
100 Reviews
3.2
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First Republic (CA) Chairman and CEO James H. Herbert II
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers are extremely competent and focused on customer service both internal and external (in 6 reviews)

  • The bank is full of good people, and the subsidized cafe is a nice thing to have (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance, it is almost frowned upon if you only work an 8 hour day (in 5 reviews)

  • Budget cuts interfere with department goals while upper management continues to pressure for results (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    3 people found this helpful  

    Never a Dull Moment: High Growth, Fast Paced, Meritocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people. I am fortunate to work with some truly amazing people who are incredibly smart and experienced and who have high standards for themselves, work hard, enjoy what they do and know how to have fun. I get to work with people who have a passion for service, enjoy doing the right thing and have a desire to help others.

    The culture. There is a shared belief in the importance in and value of collaboration, the team, responsibility, trust, empowerment and accountability.

    The pace. One of our values is quite literally reflective of how we operate: move fast, move forward. This creates a work day filled with a lot of activity and I enjoy being busy, having a lot to do and working in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a job or a company that is focused on a 9 to 5 work day, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain an ‘open-door’ policy.
    Further the efforts to visit other offices outside of SF.
    Promote the importance of the continued maintenance of the unique and collaborative service culture that is First Republic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay for a growing bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    Employee cafeteria, decent benefits, nice SF location, most associates very nice

    Cons

    No shared strategic vision, double and triple work inefficiencies, management frustration, bottlenecking middle management, IT and roadmap issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use an enterprise change methodology once you've figured out your overall strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company positioned for strong growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    no micro-managing
    growing company
    potential for career growth

    Cons

    low pay for industry
    with growth comes changed and cutbacks

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, excellent C level management.

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities for growth. Middle management is stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture growth, provide more opportunities to grow within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to learn and do fulfilling work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at First Republic (CA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been here for 4+ years. FRB is "not just another bank" - it is a very successful, greatly respected full service financial firm that has retained many positive qualities of a start-up or a family business.
    1. Our attention to customers and clients is off the chart
    2. Very, very flat organization - I can approach anyone with an idea or a contribution
    3. Cafe - from Wolfgang Puck
    4. Pay for performance
    5. You get your birthday off (I don't know of any other finance firm that offers something like that)
    6. I get to work every day with very smart, very committed, very focused people

    Cons

    1. The pain associated with growth - we have grown explosively since we became independent in 2010
    2. Management can trend too conservative sometimes, but I see it improving - they are becoming more open minded and aware what they need to do to be a competitive employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Maintain the relentless focus on the client and their experience - it is absolutely what distinguishes us
    2. As we grow, recognize we will need more and different structural tools (budgets, employee education opportunities)
    3. Continue to hold fast to the FRB Values (which are exemplary) and if a concept or situation does not pass Values scrutiny, move on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, lagging technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    -nimble,entrepreneurial feel
    -top tier talent
    -unique, collaborative culture

    Cons

    -lagging technology
    -can be prone to death by consensus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -invest in younger talent
    -make career paths clear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at First Republic (CA) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your willing to build your client base, the compensation can be very good.

    Cons

    Management is very insecure and not open to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    opportunity killer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loan Servicing in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Loan Servicing in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    cheap cafe food
    quarter / annual bonuses

    Cons

    poor management
    unhappy workers
    solution to every problem is overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    know each employees job function and be ready to step in when needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is the weirdest job ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Republic (CA)

    Pros

    Good pay. They pay you well.

    Cons

    Everything else was horrible. Management, people, system, computer, guideline (there is no guideline actually)...

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