KBC Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. it is great place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst in West Hartfrd, CT
    Current Employee - Analyst in West Hartfrd, CT

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

    Pros

    it is a casual atmosphere at work

    Cons

    the company is not willing to pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    boost morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Too much overtime work

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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst

    I worked at KBC

    Pros

    Great team, nice people here.

    Cons

    Intense working atmosphere. Too much overtime work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good Place, bit protectionist

    Former Employee - Technolgoy Consultant In Subsidiary
    Former Employee - Technolgoy Consultant In Subsidiary

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

    Pros

    Working in the technology area gives you fantastic insights into organizing a huge enterprise application.
    Most architectures are though old, very relevant and innovative.
    The people are welcome to association even if you work from an overseas office.
    Extraordinarily settled life and leisurely pace of life, (if you are working in projects driven by KBC and not as external consultant )

    Cons

    Extremely protectionist workforce, apparantly people are not welcome to aggressive change , ideas such as outsourcing, technology upgrade are viewed with suspicion and sometimes sabotaged.
    Company is less responsible to its subsidiaries outside of Flanders even if wholly owned .
    Controls are inadequate in some areas and long termers tend to become corrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to double standardize between direct employees and subsidiary employees. Even if inevitably something adversity is expected to fall on subsidiaries, keep the employees in light.
    Have tighter control over local management which tends to become blatantly corrupt and authoritarian.

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  5. Not attracting

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    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at KBC

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit including zero-premium health insurance (higher copay), pension plan, 401K, paid vocations etc. Company pays for training. The company will stay alive even it does not make money.

    Good place to work if you have no desire to be better and just need a long term job.

    Cons

    This is a very slow environment where nobody wants to take responsibility. A lot of communication are pretty much done by face-to-face talking so no audit trail like email will be kept. The company is full of politics. It really takes time to be prepared carefully otherwise any mistake will be used to against you.

    The company kept downsizing in the last couple years. The pay is not competitive and bonus is very low.

    If you have desire to be outstanding, this place is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make the business a growing business by all means.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. You can start as a nobody and potentially become a CEO, but you have to bear some cons.

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, wide scale of benefits, good opportunities for a career growth and promotion, beautiful headquarters building (if you are lucky enough to work there).

    Cons

    Salary is not bad, but still low compared to the same position at other companies. It seems that it pays off better to be an external worker rather than an internal employee as externs get paid better. Management is reacting slowly to market changes. Too many huge "transformation" programmes that remained unfinished.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. excellent growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBC

    Pros

    you can start from nothing and build a career

    Cons

    not the most innovative atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower your employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. The job was less stressful than other legal roles I have worked in, in the past.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at KBC as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The job offered a good work/life balance, as well as a fairly competitive package.

    Cons

    The job was somewhat repetitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. KBC Bank and Insurance

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at KBC full-time

    Pros

    a secure job , with a good private life work balance
    a big company with good company bonuses

    Cons

    low level professionalism of the management leading to a slow learning curve for the employees. Difficult environment for foreigners working within KBC. Not encouraging with regards to the initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more efforts into satisfying the needs of the custmers first and your employees , instead thinking first of your own egoistic position!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. more cons than pros

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBC

    Pros

    Above average starting wage; market leader in home markets.

    Cons

    Evaluation criteria are absolutely of poor quality; almost no internal migration possibilities; unreachable management and intransparant internal communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Worked here on an internship stint, overall was a neutral experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBC

    Pros

    People are nice to you when you're young, willing to speak to you to help you learn more if you're interested

    Cons

    Hierachy can be quite tall, many rooms for the various appointments create a power distance. Also, foreign branches may be quite small so promotions are limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, reduce power distance, this helps with efficiency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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