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Old 04-06-2011, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Chase, the US consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co, has said that it will open nearly 100 branches and hire over 1,500 employees in California this year.


The new bank branches will expand the Chase network to over 900 branches and more than 3,000 ATMs across California.

According to the bank, it will open nearly 65 branches in Southern California; 20 branches in Northern California, and 15 branches in Central California.

The bank said nearly half of its new branches in 2011 will be in California. Chase also plans to add a total of 525 to 700 branches in California by 2015.

Chase head of branch network in the Western US Pablo Sanchez said that California is one of Chase's high-priority growth markets, and bank plan to invest significantly in the people, facilities and technology needed to serve California consumers and businesses well.

Chase to open 100 new branches in California - Banking Business Review
I was so weirded out when I first started seeing Chase branches in California. LOL.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:34 AM
 
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This is good news. I enjoyed the wamu branches before chase swallowed them... but my local branch has the same face ^_^. I only really used to go to deposit my roommate's rent check but now that they have an iphone app that lets you deposit checks by taking pictures, i have no reason to !

+1 for technology
I am guessing chase never really had a big presence in CA and is trying to expand here. They have some of the crappiest interest rates for savings/cds... Don't even get me started on their horrible brokerage services... but they have good basic services...
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
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This is good news. I enjoyed the wamu branches before chase swallowed them... but my local branch has the same face ^_^. I only really used to go to deposit my roommate's rent check but now that they have an iphone app that lets you deposit checks by taking pictures, i have no reason to !

+1 for technology
I am guessing chase never really had a big presence in CA and is trying to expand here. They have some of the crappiest interest rates for savings/cds... Don't even get me started on their horrible brokerage services... but they have good basic services...
I agree. I was shocked to see they had just opened a branch in El Centro when I moved here.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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their employees seem to be happier than most bank employees, I have 3 different banks, and it's a pleasure walking into a Chase branch..
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Sharp sticks in the eyes of Citi, BofA (nee Nationsbank), and Wells Fargo (nee Norwest).
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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LOL... 1,500 bank jobs.

Let me know when someone really starts hiring.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I much preferred WAMU. Tellers were friendlier and remembered me. There was a kids play area for when there was a line, which made it easier to go to the bank with my toddler.

Now, there is no play area, nobody ever remembers me, I have to wait in line for a teller and they can do only very limited things. So afterward, I have to sit and wait for a "banker" to help me. Always seems like there are a lot of people there and only 1-2 helping people.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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Now, there is no play area, nobody ever remembers me, I have to wait in line for a teller and they can do only very limited things. So afterward, I have to sit and wait for a "banker" to help me. Always seems like there are a lot of people there and only 1-2 helping people.
This.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm a former longtime WaMu customer and really enjoyed doing business with them until they started outsourcing their telephone customer service overseas. That was enough to want to make me switch to a local credit union and I couldn't be happier. At least when I call them, I know I'm speaking to a local person.

Not to mention that Chase no longer offers free, no-strings-attached checking accounts.
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