While I didn't intentionally become a Chase member, I am happy with their service and checking account. I signed up years ago for Great Western, which was bought out by WaMu, which was acquired by JP Morgan Chase.
I have a regular checking account. The fee is waived each month because I use direct deposit. While I also have an Ally Bank checking and savings, I like to keep my free Chase account because I am able to utilize ATM machines pretty conveniently.
I have been a Chase customer now for about 5 years. Their online banking is easy to use, Chase QuickPay is convenient and I like finding ATMs on every corner, in LA and NY.
Until Ally makes brick and mortar locations, I will keep my Chase.
I recently went to the new Chase branch in Franklin Lakes, NJ. I wanted to open a new basic savings account with their current promotion. It said open an account with $15000 and after six months get $200 bonus. They tried convincing me to open a different account. I said I didn't need it. Then, while they were completing the savings account paperwork, they insisted I give them my account balance information from where I normally bank, my mortgage amounts, any retirement savings account information, any investments and and any other funds I may have. If I didn't I couldn't open an account. They said they needed that information to service my needs. I said I was just opening a savings account and shouldn't have to furnish all of my personal information. Needless to say I walked out. I should have been more wary. I have never been asked to ever do that in a bank before.
I have been a Chase customer for over 5 years but recently went through one of the worst experiences with a bank. Essentially, a large deposit from another reputable financial institution triggered a fraud alert and Chase, without contacting me, decided to freeze my funds to investigate. The fraud and control department was so inept they did not have the right number to contact that institution -- I think they googled the number and got the investment office who could not validate the funds so Chase decided to close my account, once again without contacting me.
Once I found out (through a letter in the mail), contacted the local branch manager who then contacted the institution to verify and resolved the matter in 5 minutes -- but the wheels were already in motion. For over 2 weeks no access to funds and could not pay bills including mortgage. Luckily I had back-up but think of those folks whose funds are all tied to one account.
The bank manager told me this happens all the time to and is very frustrated with this process - it seems they use a shotgun approach to fraud, surprising in this day and age that they can not accurately detect and assume everyone is a fraudster. Nevertheless I am banking with a credit union now.
There is an error on the Chase Find Your Local Branch site. It identifies this as 611 6th Ave and West 28th St, when it is I West 18th St. As well on some of the Chase website information there is no branch shown as being here. I've been searching for more than 45 minutes and have only just found the correct branch address. It has to be much better than this.
I am closing my Chase account first thing in the morning. They are scamming people, playing with their income as if it's a monopoly game. For these 2 years of being with them (only due to the convenient location), I never knew how much money I had, how much I spent, or how much I saved because they play around with their customers as if they're marionettes. They are rude, they refuse to explain where did your money disappear, they don't ask for your consent on things they need to explain to you because they will cost you money when you're opening the new account such as savings. They approve a small portion of your check no matter for how long you've been getting paid with the same type of check, and then approve the rest after 10+ days. If you chose to pay bills through Chase bill pay, they send the money away for a day or two, out of which only portion gets returned as "credit" back to your account, using a 'malfunction' as an excuse they couldn't send the payments the day you sent them, and refusing to explain things such as, if the person I was sending the money to never got it, why did only a part of it get credited back? Where is the rest of the money I worked hard for, Chase? And when it comes to companies, banks, specifically, dealing with my money, I'd rather never hear the word such as "malfunction". And if I do, I better get e big, fat explanation for hearing it. The Vice-President of the Chase I go to(soon to be past tense), is Vera Agropian. I'm stating this, desperately hoping that something will change in this bank, and as usually, it should start from the base of the problem. She is incredibly unhelpful, rude, treats you as if you have no reason to be in 'her' bank, and as if she is better than anyone else in the bank. A prime example of power-corrupted monster. Sad thing is that she can't even speak English fluently. I've been in United States for 3 years, and sadly, this is just one of the few companies that makes me regret leaving Europe.