Ally will steal your money. They are sugary sweet on the phone 24/7. CD matured? Want your money? They can't find your username. They're so sorry that's not the password they have on file. Sugary sweet 24/7 asking personal question after personal question, they'll keep asking and no amount of information is enough to satisfy them that you really are you. And no branch to go to in person (he he he). Hey, this isn't like some Ally trick ("computer glitch", "just a little more documentation for you to notarize and mail, again", "just a few more personal questions", "someone will call you back", "soon", "really", ha ha ha, you putz - but they are so so sugary sweet as they tell you that they are keeping your money, they're not giving your money back to you, they are keeping your money for themselves and they have hundreds and hundreds of lines to tell you about "bank security" and they "really want to protect your identity and your account" and that's why they won't give you your money back, not until you snail mail more notarized documents, not until you answer even more nosey personal questions (and if this goes on for 1/2 an hour or so, then "someone's going to call you back"). But no one calls you back. Then you get (24/7!!!) sugary sweet customer service rep's repeating the same lines, same questions, same demands, same lies same lies same lies. With CD's they delay long enough that the CD automatically re-news, then there are penalties to pay, plus more notarized snail mail to notarize and snail mail (and if its not certified mail then they're "so sorry" but they never got that, and if it is certified, then you just lost that fraction of a percent in interest higher than your local bank, then they still need more ...)
Don't open an Ally account. It's not worth it for an extra few interest rate percentage points "promised". It's absolutely not worth it for a few fractions of a percent m
I am a Dutch employee here in the USA during an Expat contract and have a LIB Visa; this visa allows me to work in the USA for the company I was send over as an Expat and gave me the formal paperwork that allowed me to apply for a US SSN number and to open an US bank account.
Ally bank has in his policies that only permanent residents are allowed to open a bank account with them while it is totally legal for people with an L1B visa to do so (like UMPQUA bank will do).
Therefore I would not recommend to open an account with them since they are not aware of the global changes of doing business international.
Dear Mr.Michael A. Carpenter (CEO)
I had set up a custodial account for my minor child. When he turned 18 and was going off to college we wanted to change this from a custodial to a joint account. On Aug. 11, 2012 I spoke to one of their representatives and was instructed to send a “letter of instruction” along with a copy of my son’s drivers license. This was done the same evening.
No notice from Ally. I followed up and was then told that I needed to send a copy of an envelope showing my son’s home mailing address. This was done on Aug. 23rd. I was told that I would hear something in 1 week.
No response from Ally. I followed up again and was then told that I now needed to fax a copy of his SS card. This was done on Aug. 31. They couldn’t find the fax and then asked that it be resent which was done on Sept. 5th.
Today I’m told that they have the necessary documentation and now after a whole month of waiting will begin the process of making the account changes.
Be prepared for many 3-4 minutes holds over many days. It’s impossible to speak to the same person twice or get anything accomplished.
Ally’s not a bad bank as long as you don’t need to speak to anybody or have anything done!