Bbva Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
70 Reviews
3.3
70 Reviews
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Bbva Chairman and CEO Francisco González Rodríguez
Francisco González Rodríguez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits for the employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people, working environment and diverse people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Occasionally you may experience certain peaks of work that may lead you to long hours in the office (in 7 reviews)

  • Nothing you are told in the hiring process is set in stone in my case benifits commision structure and salary increases changed (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Learning & Development!

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    Former Employee - Commercial Funder/Closer I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Commercial Funder/Closer I in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary! Upper management did make efforts to visit my department to let us know how much we were appreciated.

    Cons

    Workload was a bit overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really enjoyed working with direct managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Place is a mess but the coffee is good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bbva as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good and friendly people. Its best if you can speak Spanish. There isn't an over abundance of meetings. There is no pressure to get things done in an aggressive manner.

    Cons

    Confusion runs rampant. Finger pointing rules the day. If a job offer is made to you, it will below the industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask employee's how best to solve some processing issues. You will be amazed how the issues would disappear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stupid vacation colony for expats from Spain. Blatantly discriminates locals. Horrible management.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Bbva full-time

    Pros

    Not much really. Perhaps some "stability" but that is an illusion. Layoffs are common indeed. Colleagues tend to be nice, normal hardworking people. Some people are confrontational but most of the troops are quite relaxed. If you are a locally hired, non-"strategic" employee, best compensation is when you get hired because it rides a descending curve. Training is a joke, they give you the cheapest they can find. When there are "important" soccer games, it's ok to watch on the company's tv's (best pro of the company)..

    Cons

    Only those in the inner circle from their home country, enjoy benefits, generous company perks. All others can expect to get the bare minimum standard treatment. Most of us never get ahead. There are old timers with 20, 30 years in the same position they were initially hired. Salary increases barely keep up with inflation. Very commonly your manager will surprise you on bonus day that your performance was subpar so NO bonus for you that year. This is so because bonus announcement is on the same day you get your evaluation, so you have no opportunity to defend your point of view. Since promotion criteria is based solely on your origin and being inside the circle, management is incompetent, unprepared, untrained, egoistical, simply horrible. Even externally hired managers tend to be incompetent. Company is pretty cheap. If you are a "commoner", don't spend a dime more than the bare minimum when they send you on business travel. You won't get reimbursed. Walk or take a bus if you can, don't take a cab. Top management from hq is also horrible. Spain is broke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everything in writing. Always negotiate BEFORE you get into any agreement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low Morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bbva full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of fun people

    Cons

    Management will fire people if they feel they are not getting a bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Summer Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bbva as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, friendly people

    Cons

    Business outlook for the next several years is not so good, I think

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Imperialism alive and well....for now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some talented people (usually no the decision makers)

    Cons

    Limited/Non-existant career path except for expats. Poor management, very pompous and arrogant senior management, senior management predominantly expats

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in sensitivity training for management. The American worker is not necessarily accustomed to being treated like workers in other parts of the world. Especially those of us in NYC. Cutting back on the elitist and classist arrogance would do wonders for staff moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very kind and caring people, lots of room for growth as Investment Bank

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Considerate and caring people
    Pockets of enthusiastic people striving to improve themselves and the company
    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow as a person, even if not as an employee

    Cons

    Inefficient processes and weak systems implementation
    Extremely bureaucratic
    Without speaking Spanish, you will struggle to survive
    Cronyism overshadows meritocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to delegate, not just from management down, but also geographically speaking - Head Office should not be a black box that makes decisions and does not answer questions, nor should it micro-manage its employees thousands of miles away --- Dual-reporting matrix style org chart is disastrous
    If you want to be a global bank, you can't be embarrassed to speak English
    Make the investment in global systems if you want to compete globally - thousands of wasted hours on tedious tasks will never let you prosperously compete in developed countries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Up and coming Global Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operational Risk Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Operational Risk Manager in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Always a change happening, never consistent with processes, new technology makes for better customer experience.

    Cons

    Being global has it's toll on legacy employees, not everyone adaptable and flexible and cooperative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to those that demonstrate a desire to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bbva

    Pros

    Great working environment: international, multicultural, relaxed
    Good growth plans if Europe crisis does not destroy them completely. Awesome upside potential.
    Fantastic location in NYC.
    Language lessons during working hours.
    Very conservative, and therefore safer during crisis times.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Unfortunately strategy (defined by Spanish-minded bankers sitting 4,000 miles away) changes every 8 months... therefore it is impossible to develop a career away from BBVA's motherland. Junior staff usually leaves as soon as possible and only those tied by a visa to BBVA stay around more than 12 months. No training whatsoever, no career development.

    International network does not really change anything, as the bank is actually a federation of local banks scattered around Latin America and Europe.

    Compensation is really weak, with salary increases in the 2% range.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management (mostly expats from Spain) live really well in NY, I dont think they realize at all of what's happening behind their noses, nor that they really care. Please show employees that you care, do communicate more and better, improve compensation and define a credible growth (and career) path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Bbva

    Pros

    great work atmosphere. Lot o fopportuities to gtrow as an individual. Feeling of being at home. Very happy to join

    Cons

    tiring and very very long hours. Great travelling and pay packet is limited as compared with the other firms in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job. Keep up the good work. very Very Very Very happy to be part of this firm . All the best.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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