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Saver321 reviewed CIT Bank

Feb 2nd 2015

1 out of 5 marks

This Is Not An Online Bank

I set up an account online specifying another bank to fund it via ach transfer. After a couple of days the test deposits arrived and i inserted them into the cit "application". After another few days i got an email stating my account was approved and open. I went to the website and found no way to transfer funds either way to any external account. I called customer service and was told that external transfers had to be requested and the original funding source would have to be requested again and requalified. I subsequently got a phone call from the fraud unit to check on my request for external transfers and had to answer a set of questions before it would be enabled. The rep said that all of this could easily be done over the phone instead. The bank just does not see itself as an online bank. It also limits online transfers to $5k a day and since there is a limit of 6 transfers only a max of $30k a month can be transferred. However transfers of any amount can be made over the phone. If you want an online bank don't choose cit, if you want to transact over the phone during limited hours.

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chibbard reviewed Synchrony Bank

Jan 28th 2015

2 out of 5 marks

Horrible Website Unable To Login

I have been a customer since my hh gregg account was transferred here. The website is horrible. I have registered for an account and used it in the past but am unable to login anymore. It acts like my account name and password are correct but is unable to verify my account information and offers no options to resolve the issue other than to call them. When i use their online phone system and provide the same verification credentials, it works fine. They need to improve their website for me to remain a customer.

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Sogden1966 reviewed TIAA Direct

Jan 27th 2015

1 out of 5 marks

HELOC Nightmare

I recently also had a horrible experience with TIAA with respect to a simple home equity loan. My issues stem from what appears to be a hugely bureaucratic organization that is ponderous at best. I jumped through every hoop asked, complied with all documentation requests only to be denied at last second because of an improperly performed appraisal. Understood that it isn't the banks fault necessarily, however no one seems to care that the error was not my fault either. The appraisal was for homes in completely different areas than mine that were nothing like my house, yet there are comparable homes 50 feet away that sold in 2014!

My complaints were not handled or addressed either by TIAA nor the horrible company THEY hired to erroneously appraise my house. I called the appraiser, who agreed with me but then asked me what" I expected him to do about it" I said perhaps your job? I had no support or recourse from TIAA nor the stepford wife loan processor who blithely apologized without really hearing me. Stay away from this company for financing, CLEARLY amateur and not ready for prime time. I have bought and sold 11 properties with several refinancing settlements as well and have never experienced this level of disconnect or incompetence. Utterly wasted 5 weeks of my time. Never again . [Redacted]

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Responded by TC_Talks

Jan 27th 2015

Thank you for your feedback. Providing excellent customer service is important to us and we apologize for your recent experience. We want to resolve the situation to your satisfaction. Email your full name and best way to contact you to and we will be in touch.

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toddfox1988 reviewed Nationwide Bank

Jan 26th 2015

1 out of 5 marks

horrible experience

Seemed great at first. Deposited a check with my phone, and then could not access my account anymore. After more than a week of "verifying" my account they told me they are going to send me a check and close the account.... On the 4th. So now another 2 weeks and I might have my money back. This was the worst experience possible with a bank go through anyone but them.

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turningintoacockro reviewed Barclays Bank

Jan 25th 2015

1 out of 5 marks

Dealing with this bank is like Kafka's Metamorphasis

I hold financial Power of Attorney (POA) over my father's accounts. I called Barclays customer service to make sure there was not going to be an issue with setting up a CD account for my father. They assured me that all I needed to do was set up the account online in my father's name and then fax the POA document once the account was established. I entered the information necessary to set up the account and then pressed enter. Half an hour later, the screen still showed that the application was processing. I realized that I had forgotten to enter a beneficiary, so I closed the window and attempted to re-enter the application. The application would not let me back in and urged me to call customer service, so I did so. Customer service then told me that they would not be able to give me any information about the application unless they could speak to my father. I explained that my father could not speak to them, which is why I have POA. They said that they could not speak to me without a POA, but that I could not send them a POA document until the application had been approved, putting me in the absurd situation of being unable to do anything to move forward on setting up this account. At this point, I no longer had any interest in an account with a bank that would force me into such an absurd situation. Even the customer service agent acknowledged the absurdity of the situation. I asked that they delete the application as they were obviously not interested in my father's business.

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MJordan reviewed Synchrony Bank

Jan 21st 2015

1 out of 5 marks

No Customer Service

Have tried to contact numerous times. Either the agent is unable to understand my english or i am disconnected. You cannot download to quicken from synchrony and no one knows why or even what quicken software is. For a back they sure lack in all areas. They even denied my husband credit because "applicant is deceased. " go figure

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Johnsnow44 reviewed Ally Bank

Jan 20th 2015

4 out of 5 marks

Online Banks Are The Way To Go

Just opened a checking account and now i don't have to worry about atm fees that cost me tons with a big bank checking account.

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bankaman60 reviewed Ally Bank

Jan 17th 2015

5 out of 5 marks

Five stars by any measure

I'm confused about the the three-star rating when most of the reviews give a glowing five-stars - maybe there were a few folks who gave one star and that dragged it down? Anyway, as most people have noted, Ally is clearly the best way to go for online banking; and for those who are put off by the lack of brick-and-mortar locations, try thinking of banking differently. If you own a smartphone and a computer, there is absolutely no reason to "go to the bank"! Everything you might ever need to do can be done online and/or on the phone. Ally's phone reps are terrific - smart and patient, knowledgable about the products, and speak clear English (and possibly Spanish as well - I haven't checked). The no fee ATM feature is for real, and it's so convenient. It's also awfully nice to get nearly 1% interest on your savings account when virtually all the other banks give you next to nothing (like .005% or some nonsense, which is effectively zero). You even earn a bit on your checking account. No minimum balances, great online and mobile banking interfaces, great customer service: a winning formula, to be sure.

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veggivet reviewed HSA Bank

Jan 17th 2015

2 out of 5 marks

Recent website redesign a total fail

I have been with HSA Bank for several years, and up until recently, have been satisfied with their platform. They allow transfers to TD Ameritrade, where I can purchase many Vanguard ETFs commission-free, and it was pretty straightforward to set up these transfers. When I logged in to transfer my 2015 contribution, I found the revamped website much more difficult to navigate than the previous version. I did finally figure out how to set up the transfer, but it took much longer than it should have.

Regarding their fees, as long as you keep a minimum of $5000 with them, you will not incur a monthly 'maintenance' fee. If you want to invest that amount, be prepared to cough up $27 over the course of the year for that privilege. Not unreasonable, in my opinion.

I had a question about a possible over-contribution for 2014, and I sent an email in early December. I received a response almost a month later, with an apology for the delay. I suspect that they are dealing with a larger than usual number of inquiries about the website redesign, and are totally in the weeds.

Since I only have to deal with them twice a year (once to make my contribution, and then once more to move those funds to TD Ameritrade) I will stay with them for the time being. If you anticipate interacting with their customer service department on a more frequent basis for problems with your debit card or payment issues, be forewarned you may be in for some frustrating experiences.

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mmckeny reviewed Ally Bank

Jan 15th 2015

1 out of 5 marks


I deposited a check from BOA and was warned by the Ally mobile deposit site that the funds would not be available for 3 days. With that information I turned around and wrote a check for the deposited amount and mailed it off. Those checks have since been cashed and paid but Ally still has a hold on my original deposit 4 days after depositing and have notified me those funds will not be available another 4 days. Because of this they have put a hold on the entire check value plus another $3500.

So let me get this straight, they have my money but I can't use it or the rest of my money because why??????

Horrible inconvenience!!!!!

I would not recommend that anyone has multiple accounts with them so they have the ability to basically freeze ALL "your" money.

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