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I have had a credit card with pnc(formerly national city bank) for about 8 years or so, and used to have an exceptional experience with them. However, the past 3 months when pnc fully took over the front of the house operating system for credit card services, everything has quickly gone downhill. The online account system will lock you out frequently, and then prompt you to call in.
When you call the 1-800#, by the time you get to a live representative, they will tell you they have to mail you your password. (who doesn't use email these days? ) meanwhile, you can't get online to access your account to see your balance or pay your bill. The phone associate will transfer you to someone who can give you the information about your account, but if you want to pay your bill on the phone with them, you will be charged $10. Otherwise they'll gladly transfer you (again) to an automated payment service. So even though you've already been on the phone with them for 15 minutes, they won't do you the courtesy of taking your payment right then and there.
And if you pay your bill in full every single month and you make 1 single late payment by 1 day- guess what- they won't for any reason waive that $25 fee. Although the customer service representatives are pleasant enough, pnc's practices and policies are unintuitive and un-flexible to the customer's needs. I would strongly deter anyone from stepping foot into this establishment.
I've had a lot of problems with the online banking. Many times, when I've tried to access my account and go to the activity page, I get the circle which spins for as long as you are online. Then I was locked out of my account because I used the wrong password too many times. Funny how the same thing happened with my business account, but without me doing anything, it resolved itself in two days. No such luck with my personal account. I called the customer service line and had to listen to lousy music for 55 minutes before someone would pick up my line. They had it fixed in very short order. So if you have a lot of patience, go ahead and use PNC online banking
I have been a customer with PNC for many years now and have seen the bank go through many changes. Currently, I have the Performance Select banking feature package, and this is the highest level of service offered. I have had a variety of service levels with PNC over the years, so I will be able to provide an overview of my banking experience.
In my opinion, PNC bank has some terrific features that make it a great bank to do business-- you will be able to find many local branches all over, PNC ATMs are also widely available (and exclusively available at WAWA markets), PNC ATMs in their branches offer many account features and the newer ones no longer require envelops for deposits, most branches that I have visited have staff that give a more personal and friendly portrayal to you as a customer.
While all of the above is nice, there are of course bad points too: PNC is a very very slow bank in terms of processing loan payments. PNC is the slowest bank that I know of (tied with Bank of America), where in my experience, Chase is the fastest. PNC is also slow in terms of reporting updates to the three credit bureaus (sometimes they are two+ months behind in reporting, and again, Chase is the fastest here too).
For my slowness comment, I actually did speak to a bank representative regarding this. I was given an explanation for the slowness with information that as a customer I really do not care about. "Payments have to go through two different systems, which causes delays in posting."
Their website is now up-to-date and fabulous (all expect for making loan payments as noted above). I just think it is time to bring the rest of their internal systems into the modern era.