USAA Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
793 Reviews

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793 Reviews
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USAA President and CEO Joe Robles Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and a wide variety of possibilities with such a large company (in 138 reviews)

  • Work life balance is important to the company (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Call center environment so you're at your desk taking phone calls the entire shift (in 90 reviews)

  • There is NO work/life balance as they would like others to believe (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Excellent place to start or settle/end; strongly consider passing if wanting to grow leadership acumen.

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    Current Employee - Professional Discipline  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Professional Discipline in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at USAA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Honorable mission, excellent benefits, dedicated front-line employees. Unparalleled access to personal/professional development. Opportunities to (internally) career change without taking financial step backwards due to unique business model product/services mix. Great campus (San Antonio & Phoenix) with amenities (ex. onsite gyms, food courts, concierge staff for hire, day/summer child care programs, work from home options (most disciplines), non-emergency medical facilities.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, hero-culture; firefighters are revered but no true appetite for methodical solution planning and data-driven decisions. There are pockets of superior leadership but they are nearly always "tamed" or overcome by the legacy culture. Poor leadership interpretation of enterprise goals and a near non-existent strategic focus on long term impact of business decisions. Dysfunctional executive council; empire-building abounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management: treat the employees with respect ALL year not when it serves your agenda (ex. uCount survey: managers coach/recommend answers to employees and have "employee appreciation" days during the survey week). Senior management: seek to build your internal business leadership acumen as an enterprise imperative and competitive advantage; replace the reactive, near-retaliatory, approach of symptom-fixing to a structured problem-solving and strategically impactful Leadership Quality that differentiates the company from Fortune 200 peers. Aspire to build an industry reputation for developing leaders that are exportable anywhere rather than the current practice of molding management to fit into the hero-culture (see cons).

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stable place to work, too political

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    Current Employee - Software Developer & Integrator I  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer & Integrator I in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at USAA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay and bonuses are a plus with nice on site amenities. Lots of opportunities to work on different technologies and teams. Flexible hours and working arrangements are available in certain areas. Generally good people to work with.

    Cons

    No defined promotion path and VERY political so if you don't like to brag, step on fellow employees, or kiss your mgrs behind then don't expect to get to a SR. Senior developers spend their days in useless meetings and perform little to no coding. Most real dev work is done by third party contractors. Your success depends on who knows your name and how much overtime you put in and no one cares about your technical abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on useless metrics about TTM and overtime and start focusing on the employees who are actually making things happen and reward them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with a noble mission.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USAA

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, awesome benefits, on-site cafeterias, lots of smart (and nice) people to work with. In addition, you have plenty of opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any.

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  5.  

    Regional Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USAA

    Pros

    Great company, Great members and Great employees!!

    Cons

    Im not sure there are any.....It's an excellent organization!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Member Relations Manager

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    Current Employee - Member Relations Manager  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Member Relations Manager in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at USAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company! Great leadership and opportunities for advancement. Great benefit packages, matching retirement contributions, educational benefits.

    Cons

    I sincerely apologize, I can't think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    Former Employee - Auto Loan Originator  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Auto Loan Originator in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at USAA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Starbucks 5 ft from your desk!

    Cons

    In bound call center, managers always in ur back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're all human

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialized Investment Services Representative
    Current Employee - Specialized Investment Services Representative

    I have been working at USAA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff, really care about employee feedback. Excellent benefits. Great pay, location, and building. 401k match of 8%, yearly bonus has been 10% or more each year. get a free paycheck just because in November most of years!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at USAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, pay and co-workers. 401K is very good too.

    Cons

    slow to change on some processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take care of members and employees. Give employees the tools they need to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent first "grown up" job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at USAA

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, friendly honest people, great pay

    Cons

    Need to be available in off hours. Clocking out doesn't mean you're done. Nights and weekends when necessary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Benefits but Political

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    Former Employee - Director Business Intelligence  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director Business Intelligence in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at USAA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible Benefits
    Incredible Mission - Supporting the Military
    All the needed resources to succeed once the decision has been made

    Cons

    Highly Political - It is better to get along then to deliver serious change
    Very slow to make decisions
    Seemingly accountable for everything but responsible for nothing
    Perception is everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honest timelines and expectations are needed to understand long term success
    Growth is a challenge if you are not part of the club

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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