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BBVA Compass Reviews in Birmingham, AL

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
277 Reviews
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Pros
  • They do try as best they can with the work life balance but gutting whole departments doesn't help (in 15 reviews)

  • Hard work is rewarded, we have great benefits and growth opportunity (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be tricky, so good time management skills are important (in 14 reviews)

  • There is No way to pull sales list, but there are huge sales goals ex (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    BBVA Compass in Birmingham, Alabama is a bureaucratic nightmare.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Division in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Investment Division in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing tha I can think of that could be classified as a "pro" relating to BBVA Compass is that they do deposit your salary in a timely matter most of the time.

    Cons

    The chain of command reaches from Alabama to Spain. Having Spain approve anything for the Birmingham, AL office takes an outrageous amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to delicate and trust the employees you hire to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Revolving door...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent work environment. Audit had a great view of the city.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Most audits were not structure properly from a staffing point of view. Additionally, the audit timing was always poorly timed. Some of the most involved and stressful audits took place during the holiday season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonus structure is welcomed. Salaries I think are competitive. They do try as best they can with the work life balance but gutting whole departments doesn't help.

    Cons

    Most departments I know are stretched too thin and as a result, we are not able to think strategically. It is more of the problem of the moment mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't assume all cultures are the same. Just because it seems that European cultures seem to have less regard for personal space doesn't mean that we are ok with being in an open work space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    High Labour Turn over Rate, Bureaucratic, "Over-worked and Micromanaged", clearly not "Best place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I recommend BBVA compass only as a contractor. It has a great working relationship with contractors, but NOT for full time employees.

    Cons

    "USA BBVA Compass" (not BBVA parent company) is not the "best place to work" for full time employees, for the following reasons:
    -Full time employees are being stretched too thin, micromanaged, exploited, and overworked for a salary that is less than their "green" competitor (Regions) and contractors counterparts pay.
    -Can never establish a trust working relationship with leadership because most managers are looking out for their own interests and the interests of their circle of buddies such: close family friends, uncles, nephews, husbands, wife, who they always lookout while in the job. How can you compete with that?
    -Working with family members conflict of interest and playing favorites is so high .
    -Contractors have more perks than full-time employees. Contractors have work flex-times, not pushed to work more than 40 hours, working from home, take extended vacations by mixing working from home and vacation. When full time employees ask managers for similar perks they are told to to abide by the HR policies.
    -Some managers found so many loopholes hiring contractors. You can even work with your spouse in the same group, and full time employees can't do that.
    -When full time employees request some or part of the perks that contractors enjoy then HR rules state is left up to the "manager's discretion" decide. If you are not part of your manager's buddy circle than you WILL definitely have a hard time requesting anything that is left at your your manager's discretion. Leadership bureaucracy is so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Management disengaged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, at one time they did recognize hard work, longevity possible

    Cons

    old boys network, ladies need not look for advancement opportunities, work/life balance is laughable with less people to do the job than before. You can't lay people off for efficiencies and expect the same balance or work to get done. "Yes" men are preferred. Stuff put in with bugs just to "get it done".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open environment does not work. No association with common workers. better advancement opportunities than just management route. focus in all communication is all about the company not about everyone like benefits was how it save the company money not how it helped the employee who had to purchase the benefit. Different cultures means different way to handle things. Being sexist and ageist is supposed to have gone away but guess now it alive and well in executive management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Pre-merger

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most everything stayed the same just after the bbva merger.

    Cons

    Though there was a stream of blanket emails after the merger everyone seemed to be on edge. Probably typical no matter the merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Three words. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good, but limited

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Auditor in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment overall. Managers are down to earth and helpful.

    Cons

    The HR department hinders progression. It is often recommended that an employee leave for one year and return to receive a better salary opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR policies to allow for better growth which will provide better retention in return.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Get in and get out as fast as you can!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loan Specialist I in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Loan Specialist I in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Unlimited OT
    Company is very progressive and strives to be a leader in the banking field.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about employee growth.
    Different rules for different people
    Pay sucks
    Management still bases promotions on seniority and not performance
    Certain "special" employees have been allowed to run roughshod for so long, management can't rein them in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees development and growth. It makes you look better as a leader.
    Stop playing favorites.
    Please stop enforcing the rules for certain people and not for others. It makes employees not want to work or even come to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A solid company with good people, however mgt tends to focus on the bottom line over employees work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Sales Advisor in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Sales Advisor in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    After working with the bank for 5+ years the vacation offered was better then most. Staff always had a "team" spirit. Offer competitive products that benefit the client a great deal when compared to competitors.

    Cons

    Advancement to new positions/different dept. was a challenge. Incentives/rewards were broken down to reward all, leaving many to do a great deal of work for the same benefit as those who did very little.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    BBVA Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst IV in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst IV in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, not too stressful

    Cons

    pay scale. If you get a promotion to a new job you have to start at the bottom of the pay scale. if someone is hired from the outside they are usually put in the middle. This leads to employees that have been here for many years making less than a new person doing the same job. Because of this a lot of people try to leave and come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fix pay scale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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