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Updated June 24, 2017
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BBVA Compass BBVA Compass CEO and BBVA U.S. Country Manager Onur Genç
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Pros
  • Benefits are pretty good and there is decent work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits and training in place for new hires (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is not great (in 26 reviews)

  • Upper management is very pushy on goals for many different categories (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teller Trainer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teller Trainer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Employee appreciation

    Cons

    I Don't love working Saturdays


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits. That's it."

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    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits. not much else.

    Cons

    too many to list. you dont want to work in retail here.

    Advice to Management

    Identify your talent and incentivize them to stay. Don't treat your employees on the front line like sheep. Give raises to people who deserve them. Overhaul incentive plan for retail employees--$2k/year max is garbage.

  3. "Archaic regional bank trying to emulate the bulge bracket banks"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If coming from a rigorous external bank with an actual training program, you can hit the floor running in a organization where people have many gaps in their financial knowledge.

    Cons

    Depressed margins and poor strategy execution keeping the organization at a stand still.

    No real culture that develops talent and try's to retain.

    Very detrimental to start your banking career here, if you want to move on in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to create a genuine culture that fosters learning and innovation, do not cut corners. Be honest about internal issue rather than hype up other attributes in order to make everything appear well.


  4. "Company message does not match actions with employees"

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    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can move up quickly if you get a good manager and work for it.

    Cons

    Internal promotions = insultingly low salaries. Best to be hired externally. Disorganized and micromanaged. Company rewards those who are the opposite of ethical while the good employees who abide by their company ideal are paid the least. Benefits are horrible, but recently started improving this year with their acquisition of Rosilyn Houston as head of HR.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the right people. Dont hold anyone back and especially dont use HR rules no one has used in 15 years because you want a reason to get rid of someone. Be honest. Invest in the right people. Dont overwork your staff and by god do not make them fill out 82665372822 tracking sheets.


  5. "BBVA"

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    Former Employee - Branch Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Branch Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BBVA Compass (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology, great hours, obtainable sales goals

    Cons

    Difficult to transfer locations after moving


  6. "Very disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, excellent benefits, no micro managing

    Cons

    Un-knowledgable managers, office environment very poor, unclear guidelines, does not make full use of employees actual skills.

    Advice to Management

    They don't take good or common sense advice


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBVA Compass full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Health insurance changed and got very expensive for a family.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "More concerned with diversity than performance, correct rather than timely"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are just average for Birmingham

    Cons

    Managers are frequently inexperienced in managing people or refuse to deal with employee issues. hiring and retention appears to be more concerned with the diversity of the workforce rather than the performance of the workforce. Bank does not consider people management experience at other companies to be of any value or count toward consideration when applying as an internal candidate for bank management jobs. Their are managers in VP and SVP positions who are barely or not qualified for their jobs. And some just plain don't want to work.

    Advice to Management

    Make managers do the people management part of their job, give proper consideration to internal and external candidates and their total qualifications, for management positions, rather than letting diversity or friendship considerations be the deciding factor. Hold all employees to the same performance standards without regard to race or gender. If you are a non-Spanish white guy over 50, you pretty much are pigeonholed for your time here.


  9. "Financial Sales Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Sales Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and there is decent work life balance. There are a lot of great products for clients and promotions are always going on. Management is very accommodating if you need to leave for personal or business appointments. The FSA role gives you the opportunity to obtain life and health, series 6 and 63. Great position if you are looking to get into wealth or advising.

    Cons

    Way too many systems. You have to go to different places to handle each task. Things are constantly changing with hardly any communication. There is not a lot of room for growth. A lot of the senior management is coming from Chase so the culture has increasingly become high stress and micromanaged. There are so many different focuses and it is a very high pressure environment. If you are not very very good at sales, you will struggle. You need to be able to turn service into sales. Additionally the pay is considerably low and the incentive plan is terrible. This is not a good place for a seasoned banker.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Relaxed culture, but dampening for potential"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Real Estate Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Commercial Real Estate Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BBVA Compass full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Great culture - Spanish bank, relaxed, etc.
    2) Not much work to do

    Cons

    1) Training is terrible
    2) HR is incompetent
    3) Compensation is below average at best

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp ongoing education. Engage more with employees not in Birmingham or Houston. Don't limit salary increases to barely match inflation. You won't retain talent that way.


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