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American Express Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
2,196 Reviews
3.6
2,196 Reviews
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American Express Chairman and CEO Ken Chenault
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is very good and one of the few reasons I have stayed so long (in 455 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 77 reviews)

  • Consensus based decision making slows everything down, to a ridiculous extent at times (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 19 people found this helpful  

    Solid company with limited senior opportunities for women in technology group.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, beautiful office location, reasonable benefits, great people and highly talented workforce. Excellent city wide perks (museums/parks). Brand cache.

    Cons

    Emphasis is on consistently bringing in untested external talent rather than recognizing internal high performers for promotion. Poor track record of placing women in senior tech positions despite the relatively large population of females in the technology realm at lower levels. Also force ranks performers to meet a curve without considering real team performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize all high performers, especially in AET, not just young male "up and comers". Emphasis team performance over individual ranking. Stop assuming external talent is better - especially in technology groups where there are many internals with cutting edge mobile and web experience.

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

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I worked at American Express

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Strong leadership
    Opportunities to move around and into different groups - you need to take into your own hands
    Excellent for building your career

    Cons

    You need a lot of sponsorship to move into new positions; if you don't you will be held back
    Compensation is middle of the road - you can make a lot more elsewhere but you get it back with the work/life balance and the brand
    Senior leaders play favorites and promote who they want to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ken Chenault is truly an inspiring and engaging leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    work in fast passe environment.

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    Former Employee - Account Protection in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Protection in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at American Express

    Pros

    Customer Service Representatives always work together.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    American Express

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    Current Employee - CSSA in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - CSSA in Miami, FL

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    Big Company, excellent benefits for employees

    Cons

    Have to reapply for positions every October

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less beourocracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company focuses wholly on customer experience with strong work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    Hours and benefits are great - employees are encouraged to have a strong work/life balance and time off is well respected

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to other financial institutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is very hierarchical. It would be great to see more collaboration across teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company that offers a long-term career

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible and friendly work environment with the ability to change roles every 18-24 months should you decide to apply.

    Cons

    Late night hours if you work with technologies
    Minimal salary increases after annual review
    Can be difficult to advance your career after a certain level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting place to work with lots of opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment undergoing a lot of change to get leaner and more nimble.
    New leaders are making very positive change happen.
    Ample time off with a lot of flexibility.
    Generous benefits.

    Cons

    People rewarded on short term goals.
    Some "empire builders" make teaming and collaboration difficult.
    Internal policies and processes impede progress.
    Not very much cross department or team trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get rid of the passive/aggressive behavior, or at least stop rewarding it.
    Start enforcing company rules and policy to show that they mean something (and then simplify them).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to develop a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    Many opportunities and various job functions. Benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is not really competitive and advancement opportunities are limited to NYC.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Express

    Pros

    Alignment and networking is key to succeeding at Amex

    Cons

    Matrix environment can be challenging. Legacy systems make things hard to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company for working mothers

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

    I have been working at American Express

    Pros

    Great flexibility, benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Depends on where you work, politics may hold you back from advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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