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4 out of 5 marks

Reviewed by Pearce

Jun 21st 2012

Great online bank as long as you deal with robot system; unfortunately call center personnel are the worst in the world

I've had Ally online accts for years inc when it was GMAC and owned by the U.S. Treasury for a while. Their online system is the best of the many I have utilized over the years. I assume that FDIC makes my money safe. Liquidity by transfer to outside accts is always fast and unincumbered unless I have bought CDs; I have a lot of trouble cashing those in, so I stick to the online savings and money market accounts. Have had nightmare interaction with their so-called customer service reps who seem to be a boiler room in Pakistan maybe next door to Osama's old compound...I never phone them any more but have not had to for years so...touch wood for luck!

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Reviewed by MichielOosting

Aug 30th 2014

1 out of 5 marks

Only permanent US citizens are welcome.

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.

Regards,

Michiel

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Reviewed by dvb12503

Sep 7th 2012

2 out of 5 marks

Terrible – Most Difficult Banking Experience Ever!

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!

Don

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