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I've been a customer with PNC for about 4 years. For checking and savings there really isn't anything that makes PNC stand out when compared to other "free" checking providers. If you have problems going to a branch usually resolves them and the staff are very friendly. I would expect this from any bank though so I don't really consider it a plus.
There are two annoyances I have had with PNC.
1) Their virtual wallet (Online Banking) is slow and clumsy. They parade this interface around like it is some divine creation, but it is far from that. It uses Flash so it won't work on many hand held devices and works terribly on many computers. Even with a fast computer you still have to wait 20 seconds for the thing to load up after loading the page. All I want to do is see my balance and transactions--I don't need a fancy animated interface!
2) Their ACH policies are ridiculous. This issue might just be with me but be warned. I receive ACH (online money transfer) from my father once a month for college expenses. We both bank at PNC and have opened accounts at the SAME branch. An AUTO-ACH from his account to mine takes up to FIVE BUSINESS DAYS! Keep in mind this is WITHIN THE SAME BANK BETWEEN 2 PEOPLE WITH THE SAME LAST NAMES! And this happens every time. For the uninformed most ACH transfers (even between different banks) take 3 days. Now what is the big deal? Well if your transfer period of 5 days hits a weekend (non-business) then you have just added another 2 days of waiting! This might not be a big deal for many customers but it certainly affects me.
First, I just want to say that most people who post in these things have had issues with overdrawn accounts from their own mistakes, or are dealing with issues that come up in any bank (there are a lot of government regulation and practices that have to be followed) and these people tend to be angry from an isolated experience and want to vent.
I would like to just say that the PNC branch I go to in my neighborhood is wonderful. They all know my name, they are very friendly, and I call them when I have issues and they help me take care of things or answer questions for me. I am not unrealistic in my expectations, and am very pleased that they offer a rewards system for checking (Points) that most banks don't do anymore.
They don't charge me fees if I just overdraw my account a little (I think they girl said less than $5) and they do still offer free checking with no minimum balance and they don't charge for PNC atms, statements, or other little things. In fact, since I have a direct deposit into my checking I actually even get all my non-pnc atm fees refunded! I think I also get free checks on my account too. My bank before PNC charged me for everything. I have the virtual wallet account and it is much more interactive then my old bank's (Chase) online banking. I can also make deposits from my phone, which is very nice considering I travel a lot.
Overall, I think people need to remember that banks are a business, but some do it better than others. PNC doesn't nickle and dime me to death and they offer superior products like virtual wallet. I also know I can get help from my local branch really easily. I really appreciate that fact.
After having a business account at PNC for several years, we finally opened a personal account with PNC. Kelly in Taneytown was very helpful in getting our new account opened. She pointed out the many benefits of having an account with PNC (all of which were not offered by our previous bank). She answered all my questions about getting the account started and I know she would answer any I have in the future.
Looking forward to a long banking relationship with PNC! Wondering why we didn't pursue this sooner.