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American Bankers Association Reviews

Updated November 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a good place to work...Leadership is striving for greatness."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time

    Pros

    ABA offers an excellent benefits package that makes up for the lesser salary that they offer most employees compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Depending on who your manager is, it is very difficult to move up. It is based on personal relationships as much as performance.


  2. "Poor Executive Management"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New CEO with updated policies

    Cons

    Past culture that condones disrespect, lack of appreciation and toxic work conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to company principles and core values-

  3. "Good People, Little Growth Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ABA has a congenial staff, vast resources, and a great benefits package. The new CEO and his initial senior hires have been excellent and seem to have a vision of where the association is going. Anywhere in the company will help you gain wide exposure to the banking industry. The work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Depending on group and position, there is little career growth once you figure out your job responsibilities. Senior management has tried to appease this by offering tuition payment and free classes through ABA's continuing education. This is a nice start, but it's much more of a cultural issue with management maintaining the status quo. This, of course, varies by groups. If you're an established professional with 5+ years of good experience, ABA makes sense because of name recognition and opportunity. If you're starting out your career, it's an okay place but expect to remain somewhat stagnant or look for off-ramps after a couple years if you're serious about being a professional. There are always exceptions but this seems to be a wide opinion. While the work-life balance is nice, it's a bit shocking when the entire office clears out the second it hits 5.

    Advice to Management

    There's no need to reinvite the wheel for associations but encourage innovation and contribution from younger staff. Create clearer trajectories for positions within the organization. Recognize ABA is top heavy and often stymies substantial contributions from anyone new or young. Protect ABA's brand but if you don't let staff try anything new, they will leave to somewhere ambition is rewarded. Put people in who want to be managers and care to develop young staff, don't just reward staff who stay around long enough with a management title.


  4. "Trying to Attract Newer Generations and Modernize"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Overall people are nice. Tenured staff, means it has been a stable organization. Good work/life balance. Close to metro.

    Cons

    Still an old-school organization but working to get its modern edge. There are a lot of tenured staff who are very attached to their ways and a little reluctant to change. Career growth is limited and do not have a clear career tracks for newer staff to grow. 90s cube-farm oriented.

    Advice to Management

    For an association it has taken way too many years to come to grasp to the workforce changes of newer generations. Let staff be bold and offer incentives based on competition. Throw away the cube farms and have more lounge/common areas.


  5. "Great experience - friendly staff"

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    Former Employee - Part-Time
    Former Employee - Part-Time
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super friendly staff; they all want you to succeed and network. Huge work/life balance with a ton of staff events and limited overtime.

    Cons

    Work does get boring and slow - never seems like you're contributing to something bigger. Moreover, departments need to be merged together and structured better -
     but that was already something that was suspected will happen under the new CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate with other departments more


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic professional growth opportunities and all of supervisors in my chain were committed and thoughtful. The days were full and quick, but overtime was limited, allowing for a full personal life. CEO switched during my tenure and I expect great things under Rob Nichols' leadership. The changes he began to implement make sense for the organization, its members and employees.

    Cons

    Upward growth varies tremendously between groups and departments. My department was slow compared to others.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate departments more


  7. "Great benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association full-time

    Pros

    growth potential, pay, flexibility, diverse work environment

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any.

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, new CEO with great ideas

    Cons

    Little growth opportunity beyond own position


  9. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Staff
    -Great Work-Life Balance
    -Awesome Benefits

    Cons

    -Stressful at times
    -Can get carried away w/ work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Different work projects, opportunities to learn new things

    Cons

    Very stressful, lack of support from upper management, lack of people management skills

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training and follow through with accountability


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