National Australia Bank Reviews

Updated 21 April, 2015
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Cameron A. Clyne
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Pros
  • Emphasize work-life balance, relatively good staff benefit compare to other banks in HK (in 18 reviews)

  • Offers flexible working arrangements including working from home (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Bloated middle management layers; slow and centralized decision making; limited empowerment; chronically outdated IT (in 5 reviews)

  • Being large means there is a lot of red tape and often there no desire to improve processes (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Highly supportive / comfortable culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Supportive & respective management ; Cutting edge workplace environment i.e. buildings & flexible work arrangements ; 12 weeks paid paternity leave ; performance bonuses paid as a % of base salary

    Cons

    Narrow domestic focus ; highly conservative risk appetite ; uncontrolled workplace flexibility making it hard to get things done at times. NAB culture is "comfortable" which can be frustrating if you are ambitious

    Advice to Management

    NAB should tighten flexible working policies to avoid situations where employees take advantage of these arrangements.

  2. Good team spirit, ineffective management decisions

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

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some great individuals with excellent skillsets and a good company "together" mentality. New building in Docklands is a pleasure to work in.

    Cons

    Some crazy management decisions made with no sense of the best way forward. Frequently told that this is the way it is so suck it up people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff who have some good ideas and look at the big picture not just the next cost saving. Look at how things work together not just buying technology for the sake of it.

  3. Great training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Head of in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the business unit there can be a real family feel. The non financial benefits are good and they now seem to genuinely care

    Cons

    In bad times you can get stuck in roles. Often short term results swamp rational long term planning

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the training programs you had that were around in 2005. Back when you were number one

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  5. Talent consultant

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at National Australia Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Great people, friendly culture, great systems, fantastic talent management

    Cons

    Very political, lots of red tape and bureaucracy

  6. A company that invests in its people, though plagued by internal politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney (Vanuatu)
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney (Vanuatu)

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company is a very large Australian oriented organisation. It grants employees multiple opportunities to move within, and they are open to internal hiring and looking out for their own.

    Cons

    You will spend more time dealing with internal politics and systematic/procedural inefficiencies than adding value to the underlying business. Often this translates into 50-60 hr weeks if you want to perform.

    Advice to Management

    You need to shape-up and become more agile in general. Your archaic model for choosing/removing technology as well as general procedure implementation are holding you back with respect to local competition; look at your stock prices relative to the other big 3.

  7. Business Banking Associate

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

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, career prospects, technology , size

    Cons

    Sales driven, pressure, under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Good management

  8. worst experience ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there is no pros about it

    Cons

    poor training
    constant misleading
    lies to employees

    Advice to Management

    fire yourselves cause you're doing a crap job now

  9. Summer analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great balance, great culture

    Cons

    Lack of exposure to large corporate clients

  10. Standard banking job

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

    I worked at National Australia Bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    higher salary than other banks

    Cons

    not focus on employee work life balance

  11. Helpful (1)

    Not too recommended to work there!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Collections Associate in Hobart CBD (Australia)
    Former Employee - Collections Associate in Hobart CBD (Australia)

    I worked at National Australia Bank part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The training I got here was great I actually got to work on the inbound computer system. My collegues were also very friendly!

    Cons

    Management was terrible and did not understand my hard circumstances I was going through at that particular time! I am very disappointed with my manager's toxic treatment especially when I feel it was different than others!

    Advice to Management

    Kindly look after your employees more carefully because they are your real capital for this business!

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