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National Bank of Canada Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
72 Reviews
3.4
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National Bank of Canada President, CEO, and Director Louis Vachon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits, salary, work life balance, formations (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits: health insurance, sometimes interesting trainings offered (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • limited opportunities outside of Montreal ( to Quebec centric) (in 5 reviews)

  • More francophone than english so must be bilingual or french speaking to move up (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work but only for a few years

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

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No opportunities to grow
    Compensation no that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at National Bank of Canada

    Pros

    Friendly bunch of people. Can't emphasize that enough. The Quebecois have a lot of heart. It's a bilingual place, and to really fit in you must speak fluent French. I don't really, and was still treated quite well, except perhaps one time during the most fanatical phase of Pauline Marois' tenure as premier. I was taken into a room was forced to sign documents to the effect that, from now on, all correspondence - emails, everything, must be in French. They were dead serious about it. Long story short I signed. The next day, everything went back to normal, that is, we communicated in English for anything official and just to be practical. So much for the language police, it was basically just a butt covering exercise. No one cares unless you make an issue of it.

    Cons

    Lot's of restructuring during my time there. 4 major restructurings in 7 years. Everytime a new vice-president sweeps in he or she imposes his or her vision and the old ways are cast aside. Normal enough, except next year, it happens again. So that leaves management in perpertual chaos. Meanwhile the devs have a job to do, namely make everything work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So much depends on managers. I would just advise them to try and keep up with technology as much as possible. Everyone has their job to do, but some managers are just clueless about technology. The good ones are really really good though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Bank of Canada

    Pros

    A stable companye with strong values. Good remuneration et benefits.

    Cons

    Has lay offs too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada

    Pros

    Growing outside of Quebec, lots of opportunities. Strong presence and reputation in Quebec.

    Cons

    Sometimes Challenging to be recognized as a leader in the market outside of Quebec but makjng great strides.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging projects and good teams. Excellent work/life balance. Politically complex but overall very satisfied.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, no lack of $ to invest, good skills available to deliver your projects. Decent salary and good benefits. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of politic challenges, unstable structure constantly reorganizing, hard to get a real promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more resources to deliver projects. Organisation structure is too complex and need for a knowledge management system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Love it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Financing Solutions in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager of Financing Solutions in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of room of internal development and growth.

    Cons

    Not well known outside of Quebec.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good working culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - BI Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have more freedom to express my taught in diversify organization. Encourage to people in the organization to participate in company business.

    Cons

    More work pressure some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Management and staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company but you will only progress if you move to Montreal and speak French

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    Current Employee - Operations in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    if you work in operations the opportunities to learn every aspect of it is great!!!!

    Cons

    limited opportunities outside of Montreal ( to Quebec centric)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to all employees of not just managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good organization with good benefits but terribly behind the times in technology and processes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Planner
    Current Employee - Financial Planner

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees get great health benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, and a decent holiday allowance. The investment research provided is second to none.

    Cons

    There is a terrible culture of micro management. e.g. getting reprimanded for being just 2 or 3 minutes late. There is little to no brand recognition in B.C., the technology is horribly obsolete (DOS based) and many processes are still done with manual paper forms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your people to be entrepreneurs and leave their desk to go get business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Quality control advisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Bank of Canada full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good( they pay for your school, very good medical package)

    Cons

    It's really hard to move up, very bureaucratic

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