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American Express Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
1,937 Reviews
3.6
1,937 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Offers excellent work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements (in 437 reviews)

  • The schedule my department has is amazing and there are work from home opportunities (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Amex is known for its work life balance but it is totally fake n wrong perception (in 76 reviews)

  • Consensus based decision making slows everything down, to a ridiculous extent at times (in 47 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Candid feedback on Amex from a high performing marketing manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Express full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, open and supportive culture, innovative, and the people!

    Cons

    Work is slow due to lots of process inefficiencies, doesn't pay as well as other banks, affected by big company policies e.g. hiring freezes and promotions freezes and re-orgs every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaner and meaner, do more to retain the best talent and make it a meritocracy. Too many good people leave and less than talented people get lucky or incorrectly rewarded for their fluff people networking skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Express

    Pros

    Smart people, tremendous benefits. The company works hard to retain talent.

    Cons

    Environment can be aggressive, playing politics is rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop diverse talent

  3.  

    Great benefits and good pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at American Express full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highly respected brand for a corporate. Competitive salaries for market area with excellent benefits. Promotes work/life balance as well.

    Cons

    Personal growth and promotions are very political driven with who you know over how you did. The firm really needs to focus on improving how staff are rated for yearly reviews. Upper management needs to take more of a leadership role in creating growth opportunities for everyone and not just a few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some VPs (Band45) seems to take credit for lower ranks work and look to advance higher for themselves then staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    good enviornment and totally stresafree

    Cons

    too stressful and too much headache

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop making everything so hard!

  6.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Express full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked in an engineering team that had some very talented people. I learned a lot from my experience there.

    Cons

    Overall compensation was not what it could have been. Also, you need to take responsibility for your own career here. No one is going to hold your hand and make sure you get what's coming to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone in HR to do a survey of actual, real-world salary levels for different IT positions and then pay people according to those levels. Otherwise be prepared for people to vote with their feet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong Matrix Organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Express

    Pros

    Work life balance culture and many job opportunities on a global scale. The compensation is very good. It is a traditional large organization with an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    Decision making is slow and organizational changes are frequent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - VIP Travel Counselor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - VIP Travel Counselor in Boston, MA

    I worked at American Express full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very professional, development driven, amazing work life balance and EXCELLENT benefits. It is a very ethical company that leaves you with a feeling of trust. I believe they really do care about their employees and offer many programs to assist in many aspects of life. I was proud to say I worked there.

    Cons

    They need to reevaluate salaries/cost of living on a more regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the strong performers especially in travel. Create an elite team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Express full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people to work for

    Cons

    low pay, have to fight for funding

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    American Express was the best place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at American Express full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were great and the employees worked together as a team.

    Cons

    Some employees that are in upper management make it harder for their subordinates to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your personal feelings separate from your professional tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, marquee brand

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Express full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement, interesting and varied work, general appreciate from leaders on work life balance

    Cons

    Compensation lower than overall financial services industry, decision making can be painfully slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with drive towards more rapid innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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