National Australia Bank Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
109 Reviews

3.1
109 Reviews
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Cameron A. Clyne
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Emphasize work-life balance, relatively good staff benefit compare to other banks in HK (in 14 reviews)

  • Extremely flexible working for the perms, You can have some strong leaders and great people - just depends on the department (in 7 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  • Bloated middle management layers; slow and centralized decision making; limited empowerment; chronically outdated IT (in 5 reviews)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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    WORK LIFE AT NAB

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Has a good opportunity to be a great place to work but management is horrible.

    Cons

    management, office politics, promoting idiots, backstabbing, 5 year old kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    National Australia Bank provided a good place to work and cultural change is making it a better bank.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In the business bank you can expect a big learning curve to begin with if you have no prior experience. You are really forced to learn a lot in a short amount of time which is good if you like that.

    Cons

    The systems are not integrated and it seems like departments within the bank do not communicate well. Project teams based in a castle in the sky create processes that do not make any practical sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the processes and systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of talent - but none of it given the recognition it deserves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people management fundamentals, flexible working & staff benefits. They're focus on giving back to the community via Volunteer leave and support of charity and community events is very genuine.

    Cons

    Senior Management too worried about appearances. People who put on a good show get rewarded or promoted - Service Delivery are a good example of this (a group of people who are, in the main, completely devoid of any talent and surplus to requirement).

    People at Head Of level are cover their incompetence with iron-fisted rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to get back to #1 stop treating the place you work as your own personal space to leave a #2. Drop the politics and focus on substance over style.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not recommended

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    Former Employee - Sales Support  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Melbourne

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice people to work with in general.

    Cons

    there is a real issue i have experienced with each and every team i worked with. Capacity and misunderstanding with Stats. They will overload you of work and compare you to irrelevant not practical scales. the business is trying to cut cost, by loading existing stuff with as much work as possible. the result is stay backs to complete your work for free.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My team with running with 2.5 FTE, for work which needs 6 FTE. This is not fair, I resigned before i get a heart attack from stress. This is not helping the quality of work produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big, but be careful.

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    Former Employee - Practice Development Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Practice Development Manager in Sydney

    I worked at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good structures to support and reward hard work.

    Cons

    Sadly, vengeful middle management who blame others to hide their poor performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove narcissistic managers faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Depending on the team NAB can be fantastic to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Australia Bank

    Pros

    Work-life balance, opportunities to work in different departments

    Cons

    Being large means there is a lot of red tape and often there no desire to improve processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to go beyond the we have always done it this way. Many teams do not have a culture of trying to help others out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    NextGen - Oracles milk cow

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    Current Employee - Environment Manager  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Environment Manager in Melbourne

    I have been working at National Australia Bank as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, nice building, very good diversity

    Cons

    Oracle. They have a great hold over the NextGen project and to get them to do anything is a hard task, which they will fight you in every way possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix up the relationship with Oracle. You are their client they should what you want no the other way around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    nice place to work with

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    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Melbourne

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexi work arrangement, good employee benefits, onsite childcare, good company culture, people leaders are normally supportive

    Cons

    limited career opportunities, salary lower than peers, market position bad at the moment, very beaurocratic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Engaging workplace, great learning and mentoring environment

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Associate in Melbourne

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team structure, supportive of professional development. Challenging work with opportunity to take as much responsibility as you feel you can handle.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic large organisation, seemingly endless restructuring for some departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    nab

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    Current Employee - Business Banking Executive  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Banking Executive in Sydney

    I have been working at National Australia Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    very good talent program for top 3% of employees.

    Cons

    Does not pay best in market because of brand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NAB loose the best and brightest as they are not flexible on pay to retain top 5% of talent. Also they do too many restructures that reduce an employees level of trust and engagement to invest in a long term job with the organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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