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Ally Financial Detroit Reviews

Updated December 27, 2016
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  • Night/Saturday shifts can make work/life balance problematic (in 18 reviews)

  • Some decisions still happen at the upper management level without engaging technical SMEs and Leads effectively (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Like it here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ally Financial as a contractor

    Pros

    Growing company but old - lots of old fashioned ways of doing work and therefore lots of potential to impress. Older staff overall so less management issues from inexperienced management.

    Cons

    Each unit is VERY different - some are relaxed and some can be very difficult. Internal structure is complicated to most incoming staff; responsibilities are across the board and changes are regular. You don't need to know politics to work and stay here, but you do need to be aware of the players and attitudes and changes.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be a Ally"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ally Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Whether contractor or FTE, Ally values all employees and is very good to their technical professionals. IT colleagues treat one another well and collaborate across the organization.

    Cons

    Some decisions still happen at the upper management level without engaging technical SMEs and Leads effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with, communicate with and trust your SMEs again, as you once did. Operate with transparency. Trust your people and ask for their guidance and rely on their expertise.


  3. "Staff Accountant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ally Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits; paid time off; competent management, and overall nice work environment. It's a big company so the accounting department had adequate resources.

    Cons

    It's a big company so you can easily become lost in the crowd and be just another employee. Workload sometimes exceed available working hours; need to work on weekends in addition to overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the department with more competent people so there won't be a need to work overtime for the regular full-time staff. This also help alleviate stress levels and boost employee morale.


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  5. "IT wants to be world class??"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Detroit, MI
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ally Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have a good manager.

    Cons

    Miserable if you have a bad manager. Poor work/life balance. Sr. Management doesn't listen to what their people have to say.


  6. "Top destination in Detroit"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ally Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ally has competitive benefits, great people, and attempts to be first to market with what they do which lends itself to interesting work

    Cons

    The hours tend to be consistently long, it's difficult to get away on vacations for any length of time, and the commute is brutal

    Advice to Management

    encourage employees to take vacation time with more vigor. I think it needs to come from top down to ensure bosses understand it's acceptable to step away for a few days


  7. "Unreasonable expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ally Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people in various departments.

    Cons

    Expected to work late nights, weekends and even during your PTO.


  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ally Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Work life is designed to develop individuals with lots of room for advancement and moving around. Great people in every department as far as I can tell.

    Cons

    You need to be aggressive if you want to get promoted or moved around. Nobody will really hand you anything and you have to make a name for yourself if you want to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so stingy with raises. Some people have been crushing it for a long time and deserve more. Help employees realize their potential and help them find a spot in the company that fits them best.


  9. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Ally Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with great people.

    Cons

    Not much.... I can't say anything bad about the place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place for mean over 50"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ally Financial (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay was decent, they have a good business model, should have a good future

    Cons

    Things changed when the 42 year old CEO came in. They promoted a 40 year old with no security background to be CISO. That sent a pretty clear message about the value they place on experience. In addition if you worked in Michigan instead of Charlotte, NC that was a strike against you. If you are under 40 and want a job in Charlotte it could be a good fit. If you want a place where they put more value in being young and articulate then it's a good place. If you are over 50 I would advise against it. They probably wouldn't hire anyone over 50 so its a moot point.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the quality of work the person is doing, what their skill set is, and what their track record is on delivery on their objectives. Just because someone is young and can speak well doesn't automatically mean they know what they are doing.


  11. "Professional Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical benefit plan and 401K (6% match, vacation time is accrued)
    Good work-life balance, if you are a favored work-life balance is better, because you may be able to work part-time (key word "favored")
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    If you are promoted it is not based on your knowledge, skills, or abilities, but who likes you
    Does not promote from within no matter how many degrees or certifications you have
    Training is non-existent
    If you value your career don't come here unless you like wasting your time
    Pay is not comparable to industry

    Advice to Management

    Staff is not happy, which is one of many reasons they leave



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