Scotiabank Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
512 Reviews
3.5
512 Reviews
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Scotiabank President and CEO Brian J. Porter
Brian J. Porter
65 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance, position title is higher than other Canadian banks (in 66 reviews)

  • Relax work environment, great people and a stable company (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not competitive and there aren't full time positions on the teller line, even few part time (in 8 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    More friendly investment bank

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Toronto
    Former Employee - Associate in Toronto

    I worked at Scotiabank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Willing to promote from the Analyst level, small deal teams are great for taking on responsibility, most MDs are a pleasure to work for and take an interest in your development.

    Cons

    Investment banking group does not appear to be a priority of senior management and represents a small portion of overall bank profitability. League table performance has been lower than expected over the last several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy has been ill-conceived over the last half decade - not necessarily senior management's fault. Develop clear strategy and stick to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Overall satisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    In general, people are treating each other with respect. Same as other big institutions, there can be a lot of internal job opportunities - depending on individual's experience, skills and educational level. Many employees have faith in the bank's international footprint.

    Cons

    Pay is below average, in particular at non-managerial levels. There has been increasingly more push for sales in various departments, even roles that are traditionally not sales oriented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scotiabank

    Pros

    Work/life balance. Great hours and support from management

    Cons

    Lower pay scales than other banks

    Recommends
  9.  

    Strong organizational culture, focus on constant development.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scotiabank

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on professional development within positions.

    Cons

    high focus on online training

  10.  

    Good, steady work. Heavy workload for FAs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor

    I have been working at Scotiabank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, and share ownership program.

    Cons

    Workload, technological infrastructure very dated, slow and frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technological infrastructure to bring useful tools, and system stability to branches.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    So far so good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Banking Officer  in  Whitecourt, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Personal Banking Officer in Whitecourt, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good company culture, inclusive and embracing of diversity.

    Cons

    A lot of changes are happening at the moment which can be tough to keep up with but it's meant to make the bank more efficient and customer oriented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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