Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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Updated June 22, 2015
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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry
Thomas J. Curry
10 Ratings

Pros
  • Managers support work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Compensation and Benefits are great here (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • middle and senior management are completely out of touch with the field examiners conducting the bank exams (in 6 reviews)

  • Strict hierarchy based on tenure (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY

    I worked at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good work experience, good hours, good benefits, good culture.

    Cons

    Career growth slows after ~7 years. Very bureaucratic. Pay is OK but private sector is very much ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to differentiate between strong and mediocre performers. It gives less incentive to leave for private sector.


  2. Good Employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits and salary. Convenient location in DC. Good amenities at HQ.

    Cons

    Talk a lot about employee engagement but extremely slow to change. Career paths for non-examiners is challenging. Telework that is promoted widely is not consistently applied not allowed across business units. There tends to be quite a bit of passive aggressive behavior and it's an agency run primarily by introverts.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and allow more self empowerment. Trust your people. Take more steps to correct performance problems quickly.


  3. Employee Review

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    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Fridays off, work life, interesting work.

    Cons

    Middle management, politics, travel, advancement can be limited if you refuse to relocate, micro management.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box and try to listen better to employees.


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  5. Associate National Bank Examiner

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to the banking system
    Ability to learn about all aspects of banking and build expertise in an area of choosing at the approximate 5 year mark
    Friday's off
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Specializing in an area of want may take too long
    Staffing can be an issue increasing the burden on employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the wants and needs of employees. Employees are likely to remain happy and positive if management listen's to the needs of the examiners.


  6. Bank Examiner

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bank Examiner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Bank Examiner in Washington, DC

    I worked at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Good pay, Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Poor management, terrible levels of needless red tape, impossible to get anything done in the government

    Advice to Management

    Less red tape. Make business decisions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good, stable, government job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Bank Examiner in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Bank Examiner in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Like all government jobs, the benefits are top notch. The flexible work schedules allow me to bee off at least every other Friday and sometimes every Friday. The work you do and the people you work with change every week so it is always something new.

    Cons

    The biggest negative of the job is the travel. Also, there is a culture here of being micro-managed at times.

    Advice to Management

    I wish we were treated like the adults we are and were allowed more freedom. As long as quality work is being done in a timely manner, the little things shouldn't be made to be big things.


  8. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate National Bank Examiner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate National Bank Examiner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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

    Pros

    Great agency to work for, top pay, work life balance, very smart individuals that are willing to help.

    Cons

    Commissioning process is too subjective. Travel can be come excessive.

    Advice to Management

    Review the national bank commissioning process. It is too subjective.


  9. Good place to begin and end career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bank Examiner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Bank Examiner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of good and smart people, great place to learn for college grads, great benefits, interesting and challenging work assignments, best work/life balance in finance, meaningful public service work.

    Cons

    Mid career opportunities are limited, less compensation than private sector, pension benefit not what it used to be, some managers tend to "micromanage".

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for mid career examiners to specialize in risk management roles versus being generalists.


  10. Assistant National Bank Examiner

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful Management, Heavy Traveling, Decent Starting Salary

    Cons

    Heavy Traveling, Pay Increases Not Based on Merit

    Advice to Management

    Change promotion structure


  11. A good company to start a career for 2-3 years if you want to learn about banking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Pros

    good work life balance; great benefits; relaxed environment

    Cons

    constant travel; low pay relative to the private side



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