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BB&T Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
560 Reviews
3.2
560 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This bank pays better than any other and you get an incredible work/life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Decent balance of work/life and good benefits with the company (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • In my specific role, there was not room for advancement (in 13 reviews)

  • Micro-managing, unrealistic sales goals and high pressure from management (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Evaluator in Charleston, WV (US)
    Former Employee - Real Estate Evaluator in Charleston, WV (US)

    I worked at BB&T full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The ability to work independently at home was perfect. The benefits were perfect.

    Cons

    My team leader and the other members of my team were located in Virginia and Maryland; I was the only evaluator in WV because I was the only candidate for the job who knew as much as I knew about the state.
    The team leader and all other members are male.
    My team leader thought he was helping me, but I suffered constant harassment and negative criticism from him. The harder I worked, the more they expected.
    Finally, the men were paid more than I was and were promoted while I was held back, receiving only a single 2% raise in 4 1/2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest that the old-boy network is obsolete. I also suggest that management own their decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Under staffed!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Title Insurance in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Title Insurance in Richmond, VA (US)

    I have been working at BB&T

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good! There even better if you are signed up for the Peak Health program. The vacation package would be better if you could buy days again.

    Cons

    Management is non existent! People (employees) walk all over you. There is no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get managers with a backbone and a fair head on their shoulders. .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Investment Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BB&T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Mission is very strong, a lot of teamwork, and exceptional ethics. They strive to be the best for their clients, and have a great heritage and reputation. I'm in one if the newer markets and there is a lot of excitement for the upcoming opportunities to build profit and market share.

    Cons

    Being an exempt employee, the pay structure can be challenging. It's hard to make it on the lowest pay grid for incentive, also a lot is taken out from the paycheck for taxes and medical. The communication between opportunities for advancement and employees needs to be communicated better. Feels limited mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with your team, be a mentor and help them succeed by promotion as well as provide guidance to achieve the higher payouts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well compensated and very well treated

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BB&T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is very generous when considering salary bonus plus stock bonus (requires 4 years vesting). Politics aren't very cut-throat, meaning that I haven't seen people being scapegoated or targeted. Pockets of vdry strong employees.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Still stuck in the "well we just do it this way" mentality, rather than embracing efficiencies. Too much hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can drive positive change while supporting work/life balance and while suporting your own aspirations. Be honest when setting delivery expectations and effort expectations. And don't be a fraid to escalate/report when estimates have changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not enjoying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BB&T full-time

    Pros

    The Cons really outweigh the Pros but the company does have good people. Working here helped develop my skills as a professional but that is everywhere.

    Cons

    Not really a company for millennials. Does not offer much flexibility. The company does not allow you to work from home when it makes sense much and there is not much opportunity for growth. BB&T is so far behind other banks on its systems also. It is 2014 and the bank's system are very outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people work from home sometime and maybe millennials would be happy at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome company !!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Non-Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Non-Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I worked at BB&T full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great management that is very knowledgeable, professional, and fair. It feels like a small company in that you feel a teammate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Benefits are fair. Not a lot of room for advancement unless you have a masters degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefit, lower salary compared to peer institutions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Liability Risk Technical Analyst in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Liability Risk Technical Analyst in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at BB&T full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible management, great benefits, dedication to employees, employee wellbeing is a big thing

    Cons

    salary seems to be lower than market average for similar roles and/or institutions. i have heard many peers in other LOBs say similar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non-client contact positions -- relax the dress code!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong company whose front line employees are haunted by uncertainty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Banker Team Leader
    Current Employee - Branch Banker Team Leader

    I have been working at BB&T full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The bank's training and development infrastructure is exceptional, I am consistently impressed by how much more competent BB&T front-line employees are than those that staff competing institutions. The bank also pays reasonably well, and the sales incentives are attainable at the branch level.

    The healthcare and retirement benefits are significantly better than those offered by competing institutions.

    This bank is certainly making money and has an extremely loyal following among small businesses due to low employee turnover. Since there is low turn-over, there is a sense of teamwork/camaraderie that is hard to create in banking.

    Cons

    While the sales incentives are pretty attainable, the sales pressure is significant, though you will get that in any banking role.

    My biggest pet peeve is the growing feeling that "something is up" with our branch model, and that information is being withheld from branch staff about upcoming changes. It is difficult to be motivated when your personal trajectory is unclear.

    We have had 0 communication from regional management regarding the changes to the branch and platform roles. Radio silence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like more intensive advancement training opportunities offered within the regions (such as securities licenses, etc.). This would enable more branch employees to progress in their careers and prevent the "hard disconnects" with their clients when their favorite points of contact are forced to move to another state to advance in the bank.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You want the truth? Here's the truth for the Retail Banking Division.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Banker II in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Relationship Banker II in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at BB&T full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    BB&T takes pride in training. I would say they have one of the BEST training programs in town.

    Benefits/Compensation (Total Package) is on par with what you expect in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.

    Cons

    BB&T's Leadership is way out of touch with the current situation of retail banking. With the aid of technology (e.g., mobile banking), consumers do not have the need to come into the branches as much; however the goals remain extremely high - almost unachievable. Tactics used to reach your individual goals is questionable at best.

    The retail branch is run by Branch Bankers (formerly known as Relationship Bankers). Your Market Leader (Branch Manager) is focused on loans and building the business pipeline. However, in most branches your Market Leader will say it's up to the Branch Banker to ensure they have Planed Purposeful Call (PPCs) on their calendar. So, in essence you have to build your individual pipeline as well as your Market Leader pipeline.

    BB&T provides wonderful sales tools (e.g., Hoovers), but in most cases it will not turn into sale opportunities. They also provide you internal list, but nothing to promising comes from the leads.

    Your best bet of survival at this bank is to go into an ideal branch where everyone works together (this includes Market Leaders), work at a busy branch, or adopt some questionable sales tactics.

    In sum, if you're seeking a Branch Banker position, you have to have your sales game on par. They [BB&T] will tell you they are here for the consumer, but really it what's in it for them. If you are about building a meaningful relationship with your customer-THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU!!

    SPECIAL NOTE: If you don't hit goals, be prepared for the boot. This is the message that was delivered to employees a week ago by senior leadership: "We got help them to the door as fast as possible"

    Being a hard worker and nice DOES not pay off....SALES IS THE NAME OF THE GAME...NO EXCUSE. Don't make numbers, be prepared for a call night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. Provide emotional intelligence training for your Market Leaders. Come from behind the desk and work a week in the branches. You create these LOFTY goals and blame employees for not reaching them when they are in most cases unattainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    BB&T is a strong financial institution and ideally puts the client first

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Banker (Formerly Relationship Banker) in Westminster, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Branch Banker (Formerly Relationship Banker) in Westminster, MD (US)

    I have been working at BB&T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great training for your position, ideally client focused. good brand name (for now).

    Cons

    outrageously high sales goals (recently increased), short staffing makes day to day operations tough and providing the PCE nearly impossible. detached management. down training (IE managers have to be tellers and bankers, bankers have to be tellers, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to branch level staff, adequately staff branches, this will hurt their long term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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