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.
I commiserate with Ben Bernanke. I don't know his details, but I do know mine. I thought it'd be a no-brainer.
- I do all my banking with PNC and have done for years.
- I am a PNC Wealth management client, which means that I have "special" relationship. It also means that they have every detail of my finances with them.
- My home mortgage is with PNC and I paid off a significant amount of the loan off with already.
- My outstanding home loan amount is about 60% of the appraised value of my home.
- My credit score is 831.
- I applied for a home equity loan which is about 11.5% of my home's value (well within the home's equity). It also happens to be about 10% of my annual income according to the tax returns submitted to them.
With these parameters, I expected a smooth sailing, right? Of course not. They want profit loss statements from my business interests, investment reports including retirements, real estate deeds, some stuff I have never even heard of and did not even know where to get them from. More absurdly, they have most of what they are asking already with them , since they manage my wealth portfolio!
I gave up and withdrew my application frustrated and of course am reevaluating my relationship with PNC as a whole. The obvious question my brother-in-law asked me was why did you apply for a loan in the first place for such a small amount? For a stupid reason that I would get a loan with low interest that is tax deductible and the mistaken assumption that it would be a breeze to get one.
Well, I am just paying for the home improvement with cash, which I should have in the first place..
I have banked with all major banks over the last 50 years and i work in the lending industry! PNC mortgage is a complete joke and lie to their customers about rates, options, and do not disclose information vital to customers well being. Stay away at all costs.! You are much safer with BoA, Chase, 5/3!