Job title: Project Manager
Group/Line: Business Banker Solutions, Business Banking Support
Location: Denver, CO
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 22
Undergraduate institution: Colorado Christian University
Undergraduate major: Business Administration
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • Initially to receive the tuition reimbursement, since it is a convenient place to work while in school
  • Reputable company that’s known to promote from within
  • Strong community outreach campaigns

Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
Yes, and I actually have. Wells Fargo has gone above and beyond to help me develop not only professionally, but as a person. The company recognizes that Team Members are its number one resource. It’s also key to find a manager for whom you enjoy working and who is concerned about your aspirations.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
Two things:
  1. Wells Fargo believes in “people as a competitive advantage.” The company really does seem to care about the people that work here, and is continually seeking to make it an even better environment through new initiatives.
  2. The exposure offered through the development programs. The Business Banking Associate trainees are often called to share their opinions with the group’s senior management. I’ve never worked for a company where employees get to critique their boss’ projects!

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
I thought Wells Fargo was just a bank — a store, an ATM, and the owners of my car or student loans. But those products and services are just the beginning. This is a huge company with enough diversity in our business plan to maintain double-digit growth in any economy. There is so much thought behind our initiatives — it’s been great to witness that first hand.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
My current role in project management fits my personality well because you are constantly jumping from one project to the next, and each one brings a new challenge, a new personality to work with, and a new element of banking to learn about.

What are your co-workers like?
They’re all supportive, friendly and eager to help. They really welcomed me in and let me know they are available for questions anytime. I think they like having a new person on the team to which they can pass on their experience and knowledge. Also, they care about what’s going on in my life. We’ve become a very close team.

At Wells Fargo, we pride ourselves on the professional development opportunities we provide. Are you taking advantage of these resources? If so, what and how?
Joining this program has put me years ahead my college friends. I’m currently taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit to finish my last year of college. There’s also ample opportunity to job-shadow other positions and business lines to explore options outside of my current role. That’s invaluable as my career interests develop.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?
Line up an internship early on. It’s best to see what’s happening in the corporate world while there’s still time to relate it to what you’re learning in your business classes.

Three key actions they can take:
  • Find out what internships are available by visiting your campus career center
  • Show up for career fairs and visit with reps to learn about the type of person they target
  • Take a resume class and have a friend or the career center give you mock interviews

Do you feel like you have enough free time to pursue a life outside of work? What do you do with your free time?
Our work and life balance is one of the reasons I enjoy working here so much. I just got married and enjoy spending time with my wife camping, working out, biking, reading, watching movies, cooking, going to church, going on walks, house hunting, going on dates, playing tennis, and just enjoying each other’s company.

Day in the Life
This overview of a Team Member’s typical day on the job should give you an idea of what it’s like to work in this business group’s development program.
Day in the Life
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.How does your day begin? What time do you get in? What’s the first thing you do?
I usually get to the office around 7:15 a.m. and check my email. Then I check-in with my manager for any project or priority updates.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
I check my schedule to view and prepare for project calls I have that day. Then I set aside time on my schedule for my updated “Priority List,” and other items that I’m working on.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.The morning’s wrapping up – what does the rest of the day hold? Do you have time for lunch?
I usually bring lunch from home and eat at my desk. But every Wednesday I have a one-on-one over lunch with my manager. We usually walk to a nearby restaurant. I enjoy these weekly discussions because it gives us a chance to catch up on each other’s lives, both professional and personal.
1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.What are your afternoons like? Describe any unique business processes you engage in or meetings that you attend on a regular basis.
We have a weekly team meeting where we update one another on our work and lives. This is an opportunity for the team to hear and share about each project and to give recommendations and guidance on similar experiences.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
Once I am finished with my project calls, I will again check my schedule for my weekly agenda and ensure I am on task and will be ready for any calls or deadlines in the near future.
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
As long as I stay organized and on top of things I can usually avoid working late. But I like to leave the office around 4:15 p.m. and get home. This sometimes entails bringing my laptop home to work on spreadsheets or data I need to prepare, but not too often. I usually head into the gym to lift weights or do some sort of outdoor activity with my wife (running, tennis, biking, basketball) to offset my desk job! On her work days we will combine efforts to prepare dinner — lately we have been grilling outside quite a bit.
 
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