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American Bankers Association Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Great experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easily accessible in terms of location

    Cons

    Not big on diversity and inclusion.


  3. "85% Content"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues
    Evolving ideas to stay relevant
    Good work/life balance
    Fantastic retirement and health benefits

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities
    No clear plan of growth


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  5. "Great boss, noncompetitive wages"

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Park City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    The management is helpful and always teaching. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive. Tasks can seem redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees who grow out of their position and hire new.


  6. "Decent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous benefits, diverse staff, award-winning location in DC's Golden Triangle, never bored

    Cons

    As with any large organization, politics and employee engagement are issues

    Advice to Management

    Let management run their departments rather than calling in outside experts first.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stodgy management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Public Relations in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director, Public Relations in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Bankers Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to key financial issues of the day, experienced former treasury officials, influence public policy.

    Cons

    Old guard management, slow to change, resistant to new thinking, salary less than private sector comparables, not much opportunity for advancement


  8. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bankers Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, positive work-life balance, senior management looks for ways to improve the quality of employees' professional and personal lives.

    Cons

    Each group within the Association is in their own silo, which can cause friction at times.


  9. "Supportive; great learning experience; values work/life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a great culture and atmosphere at ABA, making it a pleasure to work there. Managers support staff who are willing to go the extra mile and propose new ideas. There are many on staff experts, which offers a great learning experience. ABA offers great work/life balance, generous benefits and 401k matching.

    Cons

    There are limited career paths. While they aim to make opportunities for the rising stars, employees often hit the limit of their career within a few years. Pay is lower to compensate for workdays that typically end at 5pm and rarely require weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that the supportive, respectful culture keeps employees at ABA. Disrupt that and you'll lose many good people to higher paying jobs.


  10. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a family or responsibilities and you need stability at work.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development for junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employees, develop talent


  11. "Felt like a government employee"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and generous benefits provided to staff. Feels like one is working for the government (not sure that belongs under pros)

    Cons

    Low salary pay. Average workforce age is ~ 60 years old. Very old school management type that promotes based on the number of years one has been on the job and not performance. Poor organizational culture which is very senior heavy.


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