As a banker- you do everything
Personal Banker (Former Employee) – Illinois – February 23, 2016
A lot of people love First American Bank, there are TONS of people whom have been with them for 15+ years. There's good health insurance, 401k, and an HSA plan. Extensive training (it's done off sight, so expect to drive to different locations) with mileage reimbursement.
Expect to get constant emails about hitting sales goals, and email blasts from upper management every hour on call nights. Not much foot traffic in banks these days, so prepare to act like a call center representative and do lots of cold calling if you don't work directly in Chicago. Bankers function as the Jack-of-all trades, you will be a: teller, loan officer, investment rep., customer service hotline rep., debit card issue rep, etc- you'll only get compensation for mortgages/home equity loans, which can take a year to even be able to take applications due to training. Lots of slow days, NO music is allowed in the bank.
Hours are long, normal 10 hr daily shift because you open & close and call nights go til 7pm- unless you're management having a weekend off/two days off in a row is unlikely.
Vacation time is accrued, so taking two weeks off a year is not happening unless you take your full vacation in December- they do allow rollover into the next year though if you elect to save up your time. No paid time off for women after giving birth, have to use up vacation and personal time. Life balance can be hard with a family lifestyle unless you're salaried management.
health insurance, internal management, co-workers, training
hours, upper management, location, call nights/phone coverage days, vacation time off