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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry
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Pros
  • Great work life balance with opportunities to take on many different roles throughout your career (in 35 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance that they spoke of at orientation is a lie (in 5 reviews)

  • It is hard to move up because no one wants to leave (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A generally great place to work with common gov't pitfalls"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate National Bank Examiner
    Current Employee - Associate National Bank Examiner
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I mainly wanted to write this review to address some common negative things that I've seen in other reviews. Also I'll give my opinions on this job/the agency as well.

    -- No, it is not true that absolutely no one is allowed to transfer locations before 5 years on the job, but it isn't common. Their relocation packages are quite generous and they're not just going to dole them out to anyone who asks as frequently as they want to - it has to be beneficial to the agency as well.
    --If you work hard people will notice and they'll help you out. It's quite easy to get advancement opportunities because the agency is so understaffed and there aren't a lot of employees with motivation to work above and beyond.
    --The compensation (especially travel related) and the benefits are top notch.
    --Yes, there is a lot of overnight travel that comes with this job. This is well communicated through the hiring process and information on the percentages of overnight travel are publicly available.
    --Several comments have made reference to disdain with working with 'older bitter' examiners/people in general. I don't know where some of you are expecting to work where you won't have to work with people older than you or aren't the best to be around. Be respectful, get your work done, you'll be fine.
    --I came to this job straight after my bachelors degree with no banking experience. I busted my *** day in and day out and people noticed that I was a hard worker and I earned their respect. People in this agency can get a bit jaded with people who come in for less than a year, collect some travel money and then leave. Once again, prove your worth and you'll be fine
    --Flex Fridays are a god send. You're at work for roughly 9 hours for either four or five days a week, if you don't get your work done during that time, you might need some work on time management skills, especially if you've been on for less than say, four years.

    Cons

    --If you just skate by, people will notice but it won't really matter. Little incentive to work hard. The bottom feeders can literally copy other's work and nothing will come of it.
    --Having to go the 'generalist' route until passing the UCE (roughly 5 years) isn't ideal. If people show promise in a specialty area, let them become experts in that area and not mediocre in a bunch of different areas.
    --Different field offices contain different personnel comprising different personality/management styles - your mileage will vary.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the necessary training needed before the UCE - structure and amount of classes.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bank Examiner"

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    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner
    Current Employee - National Bank Examiner
    Recommends

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. Benefits are good and if starting as an entry-level examiner, your pay will almost double in 5-6 years once you successfully complete the Uniform Commission Exam (UCE).
    Easy to move up the ranks and gain additional responsibility in most field office locations.
    Friendly co-workers in the field who are mostly willing to help one another.
    Direct contact/exposure to Executive Management and Boards of Directors at the community bank level.
    Work/Life balance is good with every other Friday off and the ability to periodically work-from-home.

    Cons

    Travel can be heavy depending on location.
    Headquarters can be out of touch with the field.

    Advice to Management

    Require HQ staff to occasionally go out into the field.

  3. "Assistant National Bank Examiner"

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

    Pros

    Clear career path, benefits, exposures to all kinds of financial institutions.

    Cons

    A lot of travel and away from home.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Liked my boss and teammates

    Cons

    Super slow process to get things done


  5. "Don't bother"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay aka salary. Benefits. Some travel. I am including additional words to get to the minimum word count of 20.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch. The work life balance that they spoke of at orientation is a lie. Human Resources says not to work hours after the schedule work day. Yet here I am (and many others) working many hours after the work day ended, on the flex Friday's, and on weekends. Looking for another job in another tab right now.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "For Those with Finance Background, Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For those that have a background in finance, economics, auditing, etc., this agency is a great place to work. The majority of the agency's core employees are bank examiners who also make up almost all of mid and senior leaders. Therefore, there are many places to go within the agency. Additionally:
    1. Great benefits
    2. Relatively good pay
    3. Strong union
    4. More forward thinking than sister agencies, e.g. FDIC or the Federal Reserve
    5. The agency doesn't attract much vitriolic attention from political heads unlike the Fed or the CFPB
    6. Great flexibility, especially if you have a family

    Cons

    1. If you do not have a background in finance, economics, etc., tough luck. You will have a more difficult time moving up.
    2. While the agency is forward thinking, especially under the previous Comptroller, Tom Curry, employees stay here for decades and seldom infuse the organization with new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Tom Curry did some good things for the financial industry and the economy and for consumers during his tenure. Please don't regress by capitulating to the industry or the Trump Treasury Department. Banks will always complain, regardless of administration. The Treasury will always complain, regardless of administration. Do right by the American people.


  7. "Great benefits and people, challenging work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, novel legal issues, great place to learn regulation, good trainin

    Cons

    It's a government agency, so there is bureaucracy, slowness to react or to have work product reviewed

  8. "Bank Examiner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, support a work life balance for the most part.

    Cons

    Travel can be excessive at times.


  9. "Great place to launch career and work/life balance."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance with opportunities to take on many different roles throughout your career. From day one, you start interacting with upper level management. You get exposure to every aspect of banking operations.

    Cons

    Top performers are not properly compensated, but to be expected for a government job. However, it seems that this practice is getting worse before it will likely get better.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back better incentives to move well qualified individuals and revamp the rating tools to encourage high performance.


  10. "National Bank Examiner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good work/life balance for most. Ample opportunities for development. Can grow and comfortably retire from this organization.

    Cons

    Headquarters management is not strong and generally distrusts field employees. Movement over last 1-2 years to micromanage. Currently in state of transition with new Comptroller nominated. Operations and focus can vary widely based on who is the Comptroller so need to be flexible over course of career.


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