Why Erste Bank?

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Stories from employees

Advisor for freelancers
Erste Bank, Austria

When I joined Erste Bank in 2006 it was a journey into the unknown … I did not know what to expect, what chances I would be given.

Equal opportunity is a very important subject today. Not just concerning women and men, but also ethnic groups. If you haven‘t experienced it yourself, it‘s hard to imagine how many obstacles there are to overcome on your way to the top, when you are supposedly different.

Erste Bank lives a model of equal opportunity for all employees.

It really motivates me and drives me to deliver my best performance when I see how ideas and plans for our common success are heard and implemented. Erste Bank is a strong, vital personality that makes security, respect, community and success come alive.

Workout Manager
Group Real Estate Workout
Erste Holding, Austria

Chosen headline: “You spend half your waking life at work. Shouldn’t you at least feel a sense of achievement when you go home?”

I began my career at Erste Group in 2005, as part of the real estate financing department at Erste Bank Hungary. Here I learned the ropes of the real estate business, took part in many trainings and got to know the structure of financing realty. But the Hungarian market is only one home market of Erste Bank, a fact that was also often mentioned at client meetings. A lot of developers and investors are internationally active and this is what interested and challenged me. So I took a big step and switched to Erste Group holding.

I moved to Vienna in 2008, a step that Erste Bank helped organize and handle very smoothly. From the beginning I had every opportunity to develop, and the transfer really paid off, as doing international business widened my horizons. The standards of procedures in organisation and in the market are significantly higher in international business and I had to apply myself more, which helped me to grow. It was also exciting to work in a multicultural environment.

Overall, I believe personal goals should be in harmony with work, that‘s when you will get a sense of achievement. In order to reach your goals you first need an employer who allows this, who makes it possible and supports you. I feel Erste Bank helps me feel good about who I am and what I do at the end of the day.

Debt Collection Officer
Retail Risk Management Division
Erste Bank, Romania

I have always dreamed of working in a company that offers opportunities to the young people. At BCR I managed to continue working even after my internship ended by learning how to manage my own time.

I have always dreamed of working in a company where people are friendly and open. At BCR I developed close relationships with my colleagues and my team coordinator – the most involved and open hearted person I have ever met.

I have always dreamed of working in a company that offers opportunities for personal and professional development. BCR offered me the possibility to attend a training for improving customer orientation and the most important cultural diversity experience in my life at Summer University Danubia.

A student, almost 22 years old, I wake up every morning smiling and willing to help someone else. I know this is what I want to do further on and BCR is making dreams come true.

Documentary Operations Expert
Processing Division
Erste Bank, Serbia

Chosen headline: “Good news, we expect a lot from you.”

My first interview, my first job, my first employer. Three and a half years later, I am still here. Why? Because I am satisfied. Because I like my job. Because I come to work with a smile on my face. Because every day is a challenge for me to be better and more efficient than the previous day. Because much is expected from me as the employee, but I also know that I may give as much.

Of course, as it is the case in life, we face different situations at work and some of them are not pleasant at all. Many times, various challenges are ahead of us, and there will be more in the future. Like our clients, who are our priority but who are not always right, like the quotas which we are sometimes afraid of, new positions at the Bank we are given a chance for – there is always a slight nervousness and anxiety.

But we always do overcome those challenges, because we have got a splendid team of colleagues, experts, senior experts, tellers, heads, advisors … because we are excellently trained, because we have got both knowledge and skills, and, above all, because we believe in what we do.

There is no money, no salary that could buy the feeling of excellently done work at the end of the day or the feeling of satisfaction when you know that you have not only met, but also exceeded the expectations of the superior. Erste Bank expects a lot of its employees because a lot is also expected of Erste Bank.

Head of Large National Clients
Erste & Steiermärkische Bank, Croatia

Working for the bank is challenging, flexibility is important, optimism is crucial. Yet, the desire for new things and interest beyond your business area depend only on you. Will the description for this job still read the same after you have had it?

In 8 years I spent working for this company, working as an account manager, head of the team to the head of the group, I have met colleagues who only saw problems everywhere and then others who also saw solutions. For this job you need to have expertise, skills and the right attitude.

If we show our personality in our workplace and achieve the goals of the company, we will also achieve our own personal goals. Superiors will recognize the work we do and we can have an opportunity to develop further. This was the case for me. Becoming a mentor for my colleague within a potential manager programme in 2007 and finishing a Corporate Banking College-Senior Programme in 2010, I gained important knowledge and experience.

Every job position has a basic work description, but we are the ones who rewrite it by working hard, being responsible and taking into account other opinions and values – for the better.