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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry
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Pros
  • Lots of travel but excellent work life balance with every other friday off and all federal holidays (in 29 reviews)

  • Agency benefits are great (free dental & free vision) (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is out of touch with the field (in 7 reviews)

  • The work/life balance you hear about in the interview is 100% supervisor discretion (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, Education, Nice People, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Glass Offices and some lethargic government workers but not as many as in other appropriated agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Technology


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you have a soul, run away for the hills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant National Bank Examiner in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant National Bank Examiner in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and starting pay. Great opportunity for advancement if you stick it out.

    Cons

    Worst case of micromanaging I've ever encountered. They will treat you like a toddler. You are not allowed to have your own opinions or feelings. If they dont like you, they will find any little thing under a rock in your work and make a huge deal of it. All of this while praising the most incompetent employees just because they are brown nosers.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to say. I tried and made it worse. You really can't say anything to them. They will twist your words. They say they want to retain employees, but employees keep leaving due to mistreatment. It's like talking to a wall. HR and the union are no help either. Groupthink at its best.


  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    Hard to locate recruiter sucks


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  5. "Satisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Culture can be cold and passive aggressive.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, but definitely has its flaws"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Elmhurst, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, transit subsidy, the ability to work from home once you are off of training team, and great TSP and 401K benefits.

    Cons

    Excessive travel and an incredibly politically correct environment. One must be very mindful of what they say and it can reflect poorly in your reviews, or even possibly get you terminated (at least during the probationary period).

    Advice to Management

    There should be a more objective system to review trainee's written work. The strict adherence to political correctness (we weren't even allowed to discuss the results of the presidential election, despite working for the executive branch of government) creates a potentially hostile environment, which is the very goal they set out for when establishing this rule.


  7. "Risk to Reward is 1:2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time

    Pros

    Take home pay is excellent for the job requirement. Allows you to have a decent work/life balance if you play your cards right. You can be under the radar and be comfortable; or you can be highly visible and be pretty well-off.

    Cons

    The travel can be exhausting and is not glamorous. During the first few years on the job you don't have much of a voice at all with regard to areas of banking on which you would like to specialize. Resources are tight, and management for some reason has been hiring some idiots in the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate hiring methods. Consider deploying one of your surveys strictly to those that have to manage staff.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good work bad environment/managers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and you can make a difference.

    Cons

    The work/life balance you hear about in the interview is 100% supervisor discretion. If you get the one who is known for her lack of flexibility anything administrative will be painful and you will not see the benefits expected from government employment or indicated in the interview. Abuse of supervisory discretion with no checks and balances.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management when they are aware of numerous complaints by numerous employees to the extent she is pushing people you need out of the agency should act. People who do not value work/life balance should not supervise. You will continue to lose valuable employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great job for someone starting out of college"

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

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great base pay plus geo pay based on where you are stationed. Great flexible schedule with every other Friday off, various start time options that can change based on supervisor's approval. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Travel can be sometimes excessive based on the travel needs of the field office. Expectations and job requirements are constantly increasing, while fewer resources and time is given to complete these expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Band VI managers and above should interact in examinations, complete a credit review, transaction test a compliance review, etc. on an occasion to get a hands on and realistic understanding of what field examiners are having to undergo to get the examination completed successfully.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Associate National Bank Examiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very strong exposure to senior level executives at banks early on in your career. Huge emphasis on training and career development. The agency really invests in it's employees.

    Cons

    The travel becomes tiresome very quickly. The exit opportunities also are very limited unless you wish to pursue a career in compliance. The ability to jump to the front office at a bank from OCC is near impossible.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Okay Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant National Bank Examiner
    Current Employee - Assistant National Bank Examiner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great benefits
    - great work-life balance
    - work 40 hours per week and overtime is not allowed
    - exposure to senior bank management
    - the OCC will invest in your professional development
    - the agency is vastly under staffed and there is plenty of opportunity promotion

    Cons

    - unambitious coworkers
    - you don't work with the most competent people
    - rules are rigid
    - inefficient work environment and rules

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on monetary benefits and more on work culture.



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