National Australia Bank Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
109 Reviews

3.1
109 Reviews
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Cameron A. Clyne
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Emphasize work-life balance, relatively good staff benefit compare to other banks in HK (in 14 reviews)

  • Extremely flexible working for the perms, You can have some strong leaders and great people - just depends on the department (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Bloated middle management layers; slow and centralized decision making; limited empowerment; chronically outdated IT (in 5 reviews)

  • Being large means there is a lot of red tape and often there no desire to improve processes (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for. Innovative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Fair to employees and empowering culture. Strong company values and excellent support of personal work-life situations. Willing to invest in technology to provide great customer experiences.

    Cons

    Being a large organization, NAB suffers some of the same issues as other very large companies in terms of slowness in decision making and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to move the decision process to another level in terms of speed to final decision from initial recommendations.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    work environment

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

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    none. the people are still in the bush

    Cons

    not very bright people. prepare to dumb yourself down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get with it

  3.  

    Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Great Money, fun people, alright place to work

    Cons

    Working in the Collections Department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more Tech ready

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    WORK LIFE AT NAB

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Has a good opportunity to be a great place to work but management is horrible.

    Cons

    management, office politics, promoting idiots, backstabbing, 5 year old kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work for a few years until you get bored of routine and want something new

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    Current Employee - Dealing Room  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Dealing Room in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good culture (depending on what area you work in), management encourage staff to find secondments and move internally

    Cons

    Melbourne is a processing/back office hub, good opportunities are rare, most people hate their jobs and cant believe they got a collage degree to do the work that they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whilst filtering through applicants stop focussing on the 'relevant experience', there should be more focus on helping people climb the learning curve, it is very difficult to make a sideways step into a new area eg a bond salesman should be allowed to work in strategy if he wanted a more analytical/strategic role and given an opportunity to learn, not rejected based on his lack of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    National Australia Bank provided a good place to work and cultural change is making it a better bank.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In the business bank you can expect a big learning curve to begin with if you have no prior experience. You are really forced to learn a lot in a short amount of time which is good if you like that.

    Cons

    The systems are not integrated and it seems like departments within the bank do not communicate well. Project teams based in a castle in the sky create processes that do not make any practical sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the processes and systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of talent - but none of it given the recognition it deserves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people management fundamentals, flexible working & staff benefits. They're focus on giving back to the community via Volunteer leave and support of charity and community events is very genuine.

    Cons

    Senior Management too worried about appearances. People who put on a good show get rewarded or promoted - Service Delivery are a good example of this (a group of people who are, in the main, completely devoid of any talent and surplus to requirement).

    People at Head Of level are cover their incompetence with iron-fisted rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to get back to #1 stop treating the place you work as your own personal space to leave a #2. Drop the politics and focus on substance over style.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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    Former Employee - Sales Support  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice people to work with in general.

    Cons

    there is a real issue i have experienced with each and every team i worked with. Capacity and misunderstanding with Stats. They will overload you of work and compare you to irrelevant not practical scales. the business is trying to cut cost, by loading existing stuff with as much work as possible. the result is stay backs to complete your work for free.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My team with running with 2.5 FTE, for work which needs 6 FTE. This is not fair, I resigned before i get a heart attack from stress. This is not helping the quality of work produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big, but be careful.

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    Former Employee - Practice Development Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Practice Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good structures to support and reward hard work.

    Cons

    Sadly, vengeful middle management who blame others to hide their poor performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove narcissistic managers faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Depending on the team NAB can be fantastic to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Work-life balance, opportunities to work in different departments

    Cons

    Being large means there is a lot of red tape and often there no desire to improve processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to go beyond the we have always done it this way. Many teams do not have a culture of trying to help others out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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