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Metro Bank Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
2010
Company - Public (MTRO)
Banks & Building Societies
Unknown / Non-Applicable
A Revolution in Banking 

Metro Bank launched back in 2010 as the first new high street bank in more than 100 years. We’re the revolutionary UK bank that offers personal, business, commercial and private banking services, with a focus on ... Read more

Mission: Everything we do at Metro Bank is to enhance our customers’ banking experience and turn them into fans.

We continue to work towards our 2023 vision of four million customers, served by 7,000 colleagues across around ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#21), 2018 (#45)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#3), 2018 (#9), 2017 (#33), 2016 (#1)

Company Updates

  • Congratulations to our CPO Danielle Harmer who’s been awarded a spot on the Executive Women Role Model lists 2019 by HERoes. The list recognises those who work towards increasing #GenderDiversity within their business. #HERRoleModels19 ▶ http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMcQP

    The HERoes Top 100 Role Model Women Executives 2019

    The 2019 HERoes Women Role Model Executives list celebrates 100 women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace. These executives work within at least three levels from the chief executive at large companies, or are the leaders of smaller organisations.

  • We're proud to have signed the Ministry of Defence's Armed Forces Covenant. With a number of our colleagues previously serving in the Armed Forces, this further shows our commitment to supporting former service personnel and their families looking to the next step in their career. Find out more ▶ http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vME7h

    Metro Bank Signs Armed Forces Covenant

    Metro Bank has affirmed its commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community by signing the Ministry of Defence's Armed Forces Covenant.

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Metro Bank – Why Work For Us?


  

What makes us so exceptional? It's our people of course. We ‘hire for attitude and train for skill’, so it means that we choose the right people and then invest in them so they reach their full potential.

With our ambitious growth targets, there are always exciting opportunities for great people at Metro Bank. Our colleagues are passionate about delivering amazing customer service and that has enabled us to grow to where we are today.

We're proud of the career development opportunities:

  • We promote from within: we always look for internal candidates before searching externally and last year promoted 25% of colleagues who had been with us for a year or more.

  • We offer colleagues the opportunity to gain a professional qualification: we’re the only bank that offers all our store and contact centre advisors the chance to gain qualification with the Chartered Banker Institute.
  • We have fantastic training facilities: our dedicated internal training centre, Metro Bank University, offers over 75 different classroom-based courses and more than 130 e-learning modules.

  • We have an established and growing apprenticeship programme: With around 100 places available, we offer sector-specific programmes across IT, HR and cashiering. With the schemes accredited by either City and Guilds or The Chartered Banker Institute, apprentices will receive a recognised qualification at the end of the 12-36 month programme.


  

Supporting local communities where we’re based is really important to us. In 2017 we hosted over 2,500 events across our stores, including everything from business networking events; to seasonal activities such as pumpkin carving at Halloween; children’s craft events at Easter and Christmas; and our Grand Opening extravaganzas to celebrate launching new stores.

As well as charitable fundraising and events, our colleagues are each given a ‘Day to Amaze’, where they have one day a year to support a charity or causes close to their heart. Our comprehensive financial education programme for children also helps us support our local communities, where we teach key stage 2 children money basics, including the importance of budgeting and saving. Since launching the programme it has helped 100,000 young people become more confident around money.

   

We know that everyone is equal and it’s our inclusive approach that celebrates diversity.  Our colleagues represent the communities we serve and the locations we are based in.  We know that our supportive culture is one of the reasons we can attract, retain and develop our colleagues, and importantly allow everyone to bring their whole selves to work.

At Metro Bank, we have a number of colleague networks including WOW (Women on Work), Mpride for our LBGT+ colleagues and our most recent group Mbrace for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues. All our groups actively welcome all colleagues, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation and all have the single aim of ensuring that everyone can be at their very best.

We’re not all talk, we actually make things happen. From being the first UK bank to enable customers and colleagues who do not identify with a specific gender to choose MX as a title and non-binary as a gender, to holding events throughout the year to raise awareness, teach and share different aspects of our diverse colleague and customer base.

Metro Bank Reviews

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    "Brilliant place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
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    I have been working at Metro Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at Metro Bank is second to none. People genuinely care about the job that they are doing and care about doing it the right way for customers.

    Career opportunities are excellent at Metro Bank. I’m personally in my third role in nearly four years here. There are numerous fast-track training programmes which allow colleagues to progress in many different areas of the bank. The classroom and e-learning training available to all colleagues is superb. All new colleagues will have at least 5 days of training when they first start before they join their team, which is a brilliant introduction to the culture and job-specific training.

    Diversity is really celebrated here and the great work that the various colleague-led networks do really helps to make sure that we work in an inclusive environment. Diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzz words, they matter and it really helps that members of the executive leaderships are really visible sponsors of the networks, and Craig Donaldson (CEO) is regularly seen at events run by the networks and always makes time to say a few words.

    Salaries are fair and the huge range of benefits for colleagues really makes a difference. The pension scheme is really good, and the optional benefits available are great. You can opt into private medical insurance, a health cash plan (cash back when paying for a huge range of treatments), critical illness cover and dental insurance. There’s also access to a brilliant discount portal.

    Family friendly leave is so, so good. All new parents, regardless of gender, are entitled to up to 14 weeks of fully paid parental leave. I don’t know of many other organisations that treat both genders equally in this regard and it is great that new parents have a choice when it comes to taking the parental leave.

    The work/life balance at Metro Bank is pretty good. All full-time colleagues get at least 23 days holiday a year, plus bank holidays and this will go up based on service and job level. Metro Bank is a 24/7 bank which means that there are always teams of people working round the clock and it can feel like there is always work to be done (which is a good thing as it’s never boring!). It is easy to work more than the hours that you’re paid for, but management are good at either allowing you to claim lieu time, or encouraging you to start later the next day if you’ve worked late the day before.

    The visibility of senior managers is excellent and you feel like you can approach them whenever you need to, even if it’s a small question. The “Bump up” culture at the bank is definitely real – you are encouraged to ask questions if you don’t know the answer to something and there will always be someone who can help you.

    Cons

    As we have grown there is a risk that the culture is being diluted.

    The culture won’t be for everyone and the expectations of you as a colleague are really high (they need to be given what the bank wants to achieve). If you don’t have high expectations of yourself and what you want to achieve then it won’t be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Protect the culture, it's what makes us different (and better) than other organisations.

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Metro Bank Photos

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Metro Bank Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Metro Bank (Holborn, England).

    Interview

    Really human and clearly wanted to know about the person they are employing not just the skills or experience. This was refrey to be part of and it was at that moment I realised that they will be a perfect fit for me. People is what makes a business successful.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you want to work for us   1 Answer
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Metro Bank Awards & Accolades

  • Glassdoor Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2019
  • Top UK CEOs, Glassdoor, 2018
  • Best Digital Onboarding Strategy, Global Retail Banking Awards, 2018
  • Highly Commended Most Trusted Financial Provider, Moneywise Customer Service Awards, 2018
  • Most People-Focused CEO, HR Magazine, 2017
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