National Australia Bank Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Cameron A. Clyne
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Pros
  • Emphasize work-life balance, relatively good staff benefit compare to other banks in HK (in 18 reviews)

  • Offers flexible working arrangements including working from home (in 12 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  • Bloated middle management layers; slow and centralized decision making; limited empowerment; chronically outdated IT (in 5 reviews)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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  1. Business Banking Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, career prospects, technology , size

    Cons

    Sales driven, pressure, under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Good management

  2. Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank

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

    Pros

    Work / Life balance is good

    Cons

    Very slow to execute. Poor ability to serve clients

  3. Best employer have ever worked for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Good career pathways; numerous career opportunities.

    Cons

    Salary level not as comparable compare to any other banks in Australia for similar roles.

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  5. 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 Management

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

  6. 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 Management

    Have more Tech ready

  7. Helpful (1)

    work environment

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

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time (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 Management

    get with it

  8. Highly supportive / comfortable culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Supportive & respective management ; Cutting edge workplace environment i.e. buildings & flexible work arrangements ; 12 weeks paid paternity leave ; performance bonuses paid as a % of base salary

    Cons

    Narrow domestic focus ; highly conservative risk appetite ; uncontrolled workplace flexibility making it hard to get things done at times. NAB culture is "comfortable" which can be frustrating if you are ambitious

    Advice to Management

    NAB should tighten flexible working policies to avoid situations where employees take advantage of these arrangements.

  9. Good team spirit, ineffective management decisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some great individuals with excellent skillsets and a good company "together" mentality. New building in Docklands is a pleasure to work in.

    Cons

    Some crazy management decisions made with no sense of the best way forward. Frequently told that this is the way it is so suck it up people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff who have some good ideas and look at the big picture not just the next cost saving. Look at how things work together not just buying technology for the sake of it.

  10. Great training

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Head of in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the business unit there can be a real family feel. The non financial benefits are good and they now seem to genuinely care

    Cons

    In bad times you can get stuck in roles. Often short term results swamp rational long term planning

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the training programs you had that were around in 2005. Back when you were number one

  11. Talent consultant

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at National Australia Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Great people, friendly culture, great systems, fantastic talent management

    Cons

    Very political, lots of red tape and bureaucracy

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