Commonwealth Bank of Australia Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO & Managing Director Ian Narev
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Pros
  • Work life balance is fair for project work with option of time in lieu for weekend work (in 23 reviews)

  • Lovely people excellent systems and good culture (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Still lots of red tape (but less than other Aussie banks out there) (in 9 reviews)

  • Process driven, management, work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    Why I love working at Commbank!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A large and diverse organisation which presents ample opportunity for career and personal development. A strong culture genuinely focused on living its values and allowing employees to bring their full self to work….presents an opportunity to work with great people! Innovative and leading the banking market in our use of technology - very exciting for both our employees and customers!

    Cons

    Lots of process and procedures.....but that's banking and we're working hard to make things more simple for our people and customers. This is supported by our culture which promotes people speaking up and continuous improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on leading with vision and values, developing our internal talent and innovating!


  2. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time

    Pros

    Semi-Flexible work hours. Some opportunities to work from home depending on project. Large enterprise level team. Opportunities to switch and move around projects.

    Cons

    Lot of internal politics that get in the way of getting projects finished. Hard to nail down responsibilities to a single person or team.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on outcomes for customers and providing the best possible product over what suits your career goals.


  3. Head of Corp FX Sales, Build a major client base of Fortune 500 companies that would partner well with CBA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong balance sheet and credit rating with smart, energetic personnel, great place to work.

    Cons

    Time zone with HQ, lack of products to sell to Fortune 500 clients.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be who you are and expand at the right pace


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    Working for an Australian Bank

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Banker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Banker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small Bank with good credit rating. Nice people, good working atmosphere where everyone knows each other and what their job functions is.

    Cons

    You will always be an Australian satellite office that operates in the same manner as home office. Systems are fragmented and outdates.

    Advice to Management

    Integration and updating of systems are definitely needed.


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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time

    Pros

    job security, competitive salary, breadth of work

    Cons

    slow, lack of career development opportunity

    Advice to Management

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  7. Below Average

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent people, nice office and social.

    Cons

    Management is in Sydney. Anyone that can make things happen sits half way around the world. As a result they have a distorted view of what it really takes to succeed in the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Make a real investment in the U.S. Get rid of the dead weight and straighten out your compensation structure.


  8. Conservative bank, nice employer on working condition, EEO and people development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive, humble and people/leaders are very kind and they value their people, invest on their career and development. Nice working environment and nice team members.

    Cons

    Too conservative sometimes and the risk-taking action/decision is not popular, which may limit the business expansion.


  9. Get ready to become an Aussie

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small office, so you know so much about everyone (good or bad?)

    Cons

    The Aussie way of life, H.O. have a worls away so things get done at a snails pace


  10. Would never work for any other financial institution. Ever.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people at Commonwealth Bank are wonderful engaging mentors. In my years being employed at Commbank my growth personally and professionally has been astounding. I would recommend anyone, if they got the opportunity, to work for CBA. There are great benefits, such as banking.

    Cons

    Not a very unionised workplace so frontline salaries are not as competitive as other financial institutions.


  11. Superb employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Bank of Australia full-time

    Pros

    National standard salary in our small state/town. Excellent benefits (account discounts, rate discounts), bonuses, high expectations and standards, personal and professional development. Stimulating work.

    Cons

    Confusing compliance space of late, should settle down soon.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that our current success since Ralph was built on 'happy staff, happy customers'.



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