First Niagara Financial

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First Niagara Financial Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014

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2.3 44 reviews

32% Approve of the CEO

First Niagara Financial President, CEO, and Director John R. Koelmel

John R. Koelmel

(22 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fast growing bank who are attempting to build a infrastructure to support the growing business.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Management, nice work enviroment

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

    ProsIntelligent 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat management. Understanding, and pushes employees to excel and grow. Keep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    LOTS of responsibilites

    Teller (Former Employee)

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

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementLower the teller referrals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    First Niagara has a local feel for a large company

    Intern (Current Employee) Buffalo, NY (US)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Financial Sales Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCan 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 Senior ManagementDon't forget about the employee's who helped make you who you are today

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great local and mid-level leadership

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

    ProsI have great local and mid-level leadership.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Entrepreneurial

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't shortchange us. You'll start losing some of your best!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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