I've been their customer since 2008. Had $180,000 no penalty cd and withdrew it with no hassle. When i tried to open checking, money market, saving and new cd account jointly with my wife after that, i could not do it on their website. I tried many secure emails, chat, phone calls, none of them could help. After one month, they found out their web system does not allow previous customer with no account open at that time to open new accounts. My new accounts were finally created via phone call that i least preferred.
My experience and many reviews here and everywhere taught me that, with no in person contact available, they must be suspicious of anything unusual to protect their customers. Many things that can be solved easily in person could become complex online or over phone. They don't give any clues that might be helpful to solve issues because that may make them easier for bad guys to do something bad to them or their customers. There are some disadvantages for online only banks. To benefit from what they offer with no headache, you must keep things as simple as possible. Do things absolutely right at first time, don't make mistakes when contacting them like answering wrong info.
The features they have include free atm access, best rates, no account fee, no checkbook fee, no ridiculous fees, online and mobile check deposit up to $10,000 per month. They are all true in my experience. It's good to have ally bank. Will recommend it to others.
it was like i am applying for a secret service agent positions with ally reps contacting me for the 4th time in 1 month trying to get me to continue furnish them with additional info bcos they could not verify my wife's address for a MM account. this was after we've given them more than enough info such as DL, SSN utilities, Voter Registration card, etc to validate her current address. they got hung up on an old address appearing on her DL. Terrible customer experience in the front end that made us jump to another competitor today. they made me feel like they are doing me a favor.
I have been with Ally for 2 1/2 years. Yes they offer good interest rates with both checking and savings accounts. Yes getting customer service is somewhat easy. If you want to order checks, or check a posting, it is so simple, make the call and it's fixed, right? So Ally seem to do the simple things right. But what about when things go seriously wrong? I have a healthy account with high balances in checking and savings. I pay almost all of my bills through the Ally bill pay service. On two occasions Ally have paid my home mortgage payment twice in the same month even though it is set up as an automated single payment. On other occasions they have done the same with other automated payments. Attempts at getting this systemic problem fixed have been futile. If that is not bad enough how about this. Each month I have a retirement pension wired from England into my Ally account. On 6 occasions in the last year or so the payments have failed to show up. A detailed investigation has shown that Ally uses J P Morgan Chase to process incoming international wire transfers. Yes that would be the same J P Morgan Chase that has been penalized and heavily fined for international currency exchange rate fraud and other serious financial banking fraud. Two months of pressing hard has resulted in no solution to this problem. This is now in the hands of the FBI. The moral to this story is this. If you have an account with Ally, and you do not fall foul of their incompetence, you will win. If you do have any kind of serious problem you will lose. Ally seems to do business with some shady characters and they are both unable and unwilling to fix any problems that they will create for you. Good luck.