Scotiabank Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
520 Reviews
3.5
520 Reviews
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Scotiabank President and CEO Brian J. Porter
Brian J. Porter
70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance, position title is higher than other Canadian banks (in 77 reviews)

  • Good colleagues, good communication, nice work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Some office politics but nothing unlike other work places (in 9 reviews)

  • Low salary; if you pay peanuts you get monkeys (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Customer Service

    Former Employee - Customer Service Officer
    Former Employee - Customer Service Officer

    I worked at Scotiabank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training, both on the job and off the job.
    Decent benefits, including medical and vacation benefits.
    Flexible work arrangement which helps employees cope-up special circumstances at the family front, including child care etc.
    Recognition for merit and good chances for career progression.

    Cons

    Somewhat outdated information systems, although it is not a big deal.
    Average salary structure compared to other employers both in the banking and non-banking world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Responsible for import and export Letter of Credits, standby Letter of credits and Collections

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    Former Employee - Letter of Credit Officer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Letter of Credit Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Scotiabank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, one team one goal.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement and learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scotiabank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Work-life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Promotions, old school office culture its a bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scotiabank full-time

    Pros

    Great people, solid business model

    Cons

    Low pay relative to the comp

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - GRM Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - GRM Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Scotiabank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance, big and growing company

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, lots of politics involved with promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Toronto Head Office Finance

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Scotiabank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gain experience, have rotational program to train you, great people that willing to teach and promote you. Will assist your career path. Helped my sister and brother in law to get a job. I attained my MBA with this company, my CMA designation, My house, and baby.

    Cons

    20% lower than market salary but will not fire ppl. Allow ppl to look for job even after sold of the department for a duration of 2 years. Treat mother differently, will not give so much challenge to you once you are a mother.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have a annual career plan for staff, even after staff turn to a mother.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scotiabank as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Salary, benefits, work/life balance, variety of work.
    Supports a great deal of philanthropic endeavours

    Cons

    Difficult to move up
    Minimal salary increase year-over-year
    No education support
    No clear direction from Manager
    Silo'd every difficult to go from one Compliance area to another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a rotation program within Compliance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to intern, everyone was willing

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Scotiabank as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There were pre-defined goals set in place by my manager at the beginning of my term. I was kept very busy, often staying late to complete the work. When I ask questions, which was often, everyone was willing to take the time and make sure that I understood the crux of the answer.

    Everyone in the group was willing to be personable to me and that's all you can ask for.

    Cons

    I was given lots of work, and while not overwhelming, I often worked late to the point that I was reminded that I could go home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to keep this program around for others! I learned lots of skills and gained a better understanding of how the business operates.

  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I have been working at Scotiabank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good culture with great benefits

    Cons

    Bank structure makes it difficult to move quick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move Faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scotiabank full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, great work life balance, smart people

    Cons

    not the highest paying. . . . very conservative, won't be doing exciting high finance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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