Banking is way better than retail, better pay, paid holidays, good benifits, and great hours...but if you want to advance, forget about it.
The "higher-ups" are snobbish, fake, and lie so much, they begin to believe it. Your told what you want to hear, in order for them to get what they want out of you, referals! Every day, you are pushed to meet goals, and get product referals. And when you exceed your goals, they go up. There are some small incentives, but they sell you a whole idea of making $100s extra on checks, and that's almost impossible. When you do outshine the others, you're, again, told what you want to hear (promotions for example) and when time comes for that "promise" something falls through. "BUT WAIT, in 3 more months, this will happen!" and then, as history so often repeats itself, it doesn't work out. I couldn't begin to tell you the "butt-kissing" that goes on at 5/3. In order to grow, you have to minipulate, lie, even cheat your way to the top.That's not in my character to do so, and because of that, I will never be more then a teller here.
basically you fight a losing battle.