I have worked at Absa Bank for the past 10 years (1 year includes a graduate programme). I am a responsible and highly motivated lady, with a firm academic background. I have completed a Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL) degree at University of South Africa – School of Business Leadership in Midrand, Johannesburg. I have also completed a B Com Finance and Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Finance at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Howard College). I have a vast amount of knowledge and experience as a credit analyst with corporate, commercial and enterprise clients. I have been exposed to clients from various industries ie. transport, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, etc. I have a wealth of knowledge regarding business, industry and the macroeconomic environment and financial markets. I currently work with clients with a turnover in excess of R500 million (Corporate & Investment Banking clients). I would like to be advised if I am earning a market related salary
Pros: I have learnt alot about credit in the past 9 years, teamwork skills, presentation skills, FAIS complaint,
Cons: difficulty obtaining leave, lack of growth opportunities
Working for Absa Bank
working at Absa bank gave me more experience than i thought, i have learned that working with people it's not as easy as i thought it'll be, but i learned to be patient, understand other poeople and their culture, the most challenging thing to do is trying to understand other people's problems,
Pros: it's not a nice place to work for.
Cons: to be able to allign salaries for other employees.
I started working in Volkskas 1973 up until 2013 since then i have done Temporary work.
43 years experience in the banking industry I learned a lot . Changes in the Banking industry was one of the biggest challenges . I enjoy working with the Top Clients in the Business Industry giving them the best client services. My relationship with my co-workers was good with RESPECT. Daily commitment as a worker makes me proud. I have done several courses in the Banking Industry Obtained NQF 4 and NQF 5 as well as Regulatory Examination. My typical working day consists out of Set up appointment, create selling to obtain monthly targets, Administration, Reception, Answering Telephone calls and feedback to clients - Since I left the Bank in 2013 I did a Supervisor job at the Department of Education for the Re-Exams of the Matrices. Also worked as temp at Annique Health and Beauty Salon as Receptionist, Answering the phone , set up appointments and selling. At Sophia Rentals Property I learned the Rental Management System ,House Inspections and Banking Recons.
Pros: Preparing to learn anything that can improve my skills
Cons: At Absa it was long working hours
ITS IS A GOOD COMPANY COMPAN TO WORK FOR. WORKING WITH CLIENTS ON A DAILY BASIS IS AN INTERESTING THING BECAUSE YOU GET TO KNOW AND LEARN TO ACCEPT DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTORS AND SAME APPLIES TO THE COLLEAGUES. IN A WORKPLACE YOU ALL COME FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS BUT YOU LEARN TO ACCEPT THEM SO YOU CAN BE A GOOD TEAM WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH EVERY COLLEAGUE TO ACHIEVE MORE FOR INDIVIDUAL BENEFIT AND FOR THE COMPANY. I HAVE LEARNT TO BE PATIENT WITH PEOPLE BECAUSE NOT EVERY CLIENT YOU COME ACROSS WITH IS LITERATE OR EDUCATED. I HAVE LEARNT RESPECT EVERY PERSON REGARDLESS OF AGE. I ALSO LEARNT THAT BEING A TEAM WORK MAKES WORK EASIER AND CREATES GOOD WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND GOOD RELATIONSHIP AMONG COLLEAGUES.
Pros: WORKING WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM DAY TO DAY GIVES YOU AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MUCH WE NEED EACH OTHER IN LIFE.
Cons: IF YOU LVE YOUR WORK YOU PERFORM AND PRODUCE GOOD RESULTS.
Big company where the employees are a number. No regard for the employees well being. Work work work
There is no typical work day. You are inundated with extra things to do by ones manager. Relationship with the manager is he says you do. Bully tactics. no support. sink or swim I love my colleagues. we are like a family and look out for each other. learning and development is hampered by budget constraint and time constraints out of the office. sales are driven. no employee retention. no opportunity for promotion
Pros: Free bank services, lower lending rate
Cons: No promotion opportunities. management too old and too white. no interpersonal skills. bully tactics
Customer facing role and sales
Currently offering customer service duties and cross selling at the same time.Also assisting in other admin duties and extra given duties from management. Identifying sales leads on a daily basis
Pros: Great opportunity for growth and learning on a daily basis
Cons: Working till saterday- long hours
I have 2 appointments per day that I have to meet clients that are on my portfolio as a relationship executive and my responsibility is to provide financial advice to the clients based on the analysis that I have done on their accounts. I have to give a report to my manager regarding the meetings with the clients. I have good relationship with my co-workers when it’s time to focus we work closely together and when it’s time to relax we are more like family not co-workers. My current role has taught me the importance of knowing what’s going on around me as it affects not only my clients business but the banks risk based on the exposure they have with the clients. Getting to see the day to day running of some of my clients businesses it’s a pleasure the biggest challenge is to give clients negative feedback (declined application)
Pros: good company to work for, they give people an opportunity to learn and grow
Cons: the rules and regulations are very strict when it comes to credit applications
My typical day at work
I work well with all level of colleagues I enjoy processing of the fines as its a fast paced environment Fast with typing Capture about 100 fines a day Make about 50 payments daily I am still new so it is a bit challenging due to still learning about the work itself
Pros: potential growth in promotions
Cons: long hours in capturing
Great exposure to the Financial Adviser industry and Product Providers
Go through my list of priorities and establish what is important versus urgent. I always interact with my colleagues by enquiring if they have any urgent or important matters pending and they should let me know if they need my assistance providing I have not urgent or important matters pending. I struggle to work efficiently and effectively when I'm constantly being micro managed.
Pros: Networking with the external product providers
Cons: Micro Management
Love to learn
My every day at work is always busy. I have learn't alot about people, especially irate people and how to stay calm in the situation. I am most definately a people's person and love helping people where I can. I will go the extra mile to help a client. The most challenging aspect of my job is when a repurchase has not paid because there is a computer error. Trying to keep the clients calm and phoning to get a manual payment done. We have just had a new system update so this too has been hair-raising but one learns quick.
Pros: There is no promotion opportunities where I am at the moment. Would love to be able to have the opportunities
Cons: Working on Saturdays
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