Overall, HCSB is a decent place to work. Starting out a s a teller means you're not going to get rich quick but you can work your way up if you want.
Pros: pleasant, congenial, non-stress environment and (for me) close to home. there was also a good employee stock plan.
Cons: the pay was less than half of what i was making previously but it was a lot better than nothing.
Hudson City Savings Bank's office in Darien, CT was generally a pleasant place to work. The working hours were real banker's hours: start at 8:30 AM and leave by 4:30 PM. There were also half-days on alternate Saturdays. Having previously worked evening shifts and midnight shifts and, at one time, a regular day job plus two part-time jobs, I found banking hours to be "no problem".
Working as a teller was a new experience for me as I had never before been in a direct customer relations position. I found that it could be enjoyable - especially once I got to know the regular customers.
The immediate management were readily available since they were there in the same office. The next level of management was in another office in a nearby town. Generally, they were competent and approachable with the exception of one assistant manager who got herself, the branch manager and the head teller all fired at once because of the way she grossly mismanaged the records of vault cash transfers.
All of us in the Darien office had one thing in common: we were there because we couldn't find anything else. I had been in software development, the other teller had worked for an accountant, and the head teller had been a medical technician in Jamaica and the customer service representative, the assistant manager and manager had all worked in corporate finance. During my six years at HCSB, the CSR was from India, the assistant managers were from Romania (the that got fired) and Russia and the head tellers were from Jamaica and Guatemala (legally?).
There really was nothing "hard" about the job except, – more... perhaps, lugging 40lb sacks of coins from the coin-changer machine into the vault. Having been in software development I could tell that the software the bank was using was mediocre at best. Data entry software is the most important software that any organization has since it is the barrier between the order and integrity of the data in the system and the chaos that's on the outside. HCSB's software too easily accepted incorrect input. – less