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Worst Bank Ever!
Posted by Hwhitfield72 on 11/11/2011
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- This is the WORST possible bank you can imagine. I won't bore you with the details, but avoid at all costs. Their internet banking system works (sort of) like it was cobbled together in the early 90's. Their customer service phone tree will drive you to drink. The latest: They arbitrarily decided that I can only transfer $2,000/week out of my Suntrust account to another financial institution using online banking. And, it's $3 per transfer. These guys are going to have their head handed to them by other financial institutions.... THE ONLY reason I am with this bank is that in the old days -- in a simpler and more personal time -- they were CCB. In their new incarnation as Suntrust, they aren't even close to being able to cut it in the modern world. They don't have a clue. Really. And it's well past time to give them the boot and move on to better bankiing, of which just anyone would be a giant leap forward!

     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-11:
I wouldn't bank where they charge for transferring funds electronically (other than a wire transfer). I didn't know that some banks do that.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-11-11:
I have BOA and transfers are free up to 4 a month I think. I do believe I have to keep a minimum though.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-11:
I have always been able to link my financial institutions together, so I can "push" or "pull" funds, and it doesn't cost anything on either side. I'm not understanding what is going on here.
Posted by Tim Miller on 2013-01-10:
I have banked with Suntrust for many years as well as the rest of my family. I would never change.
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SunTrust Is Not Family Friendly
Posted by Trwhite on 10/06/2013
DECATUR, GEORGIA -- My manager was a dictator. He was very petty. He came from a broken home. He never married and never had children on his own. So, he had a hard time understanding why when I woke up in the morning with a child that had a fever vomiting and diarrhea, why I had to miss work.

The next day he would cut my lunch to fifteen minuets. I complained to HR, but it was in vain, it only made my time there worse. HR backed him. They said he had a right not to give me lunch. I said he did but not as a form of punishing me for calling out.

His assistant wasn't any better. If your vacation clashed with hers she would pull you in the office and bully you to the point of tears. That environment suited her fine. She had children, but she never spent much time with them. She'd be there at 11 o'clock fiddling with papers. I found that sad, I liked eating dinner with my children and my husband.

I'm happy I left. My manager now is no softy but he does understand the balance of family and career. I am very grateful for finding a company that does understand that I am a person.
     
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Posted by clutzycook on 2013-10-06:
By law, they have to allow you a 30 minute lunch break if you've been there a certain number of hours. Sounds like you made the right move by leaving.
Posted by trmn8r on 2013-10-06:
This is as it always has been - if you don't like a job, go elsewhere. I did it more than once in my life.
Posted by cmthru on 2013-10-06:
According to the GA Dept of Labor they don't have to give a lunch break at all. Glad I don't work there.

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Neither the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) nor Georgia law require breaks or meal periods be given to workers. However, many employers do provide breaks and meal periods. Breaks of short duration (from 5 to 20 minutes) are common. The FLSA requires workers be paid for short break periods
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Unfair Labor Practices Settled Federal Lawsuit
Posted by VernetteHolt33 on 11/04/2012
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Okay, this is complaint is Target really against 3 different co conspirators: Suntrust Mortgage, Zenta, and Accenture Credit Services. Here is the interplay: I worked for an "outsource" company by the name of Zenta, that was taken over Jan 1, 2012 by Accenture Credit Services and I was dedicated to working on SunTrust Mortgage underwriting account. I mention Suntrust Mortgage because, I believe, they were to principle "driver" of how we were compensated as mortgage credit underwriters (we are the people that approve or deny your home loan request): we are NOT management people, but simply hired labor BUT Suntrust/Accenture/Zenta ILLEGALLY classified us as exempt from overtime pay while requiring a 55 hour work week.

ZENTA and Accenture Credit Services is s****!! As a mortgage underwriter for SunTrust, we were ordered to meet unreasonable production goals- this created the need to work overtime- without pay!! There was constantly pressure from our team leader, Janet [snip] and Joe [snip], and Brian [snip] (Suntrust person in charge of the outsource company vendors) to stay late and come in weekends! THEY PROMISED ME AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS AT ZENTA (NOW ACCENTURE) THAT THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE A WORKLOAD SO GREAT THAT WOULD REQUIRE WORKING PAST FORTY HOURS IN A WEEK!! They are such liars and I am in the beginning stages of a federal class action lawsuit for the non-payment of overtime wages. AS MORTGAGE UNDERWRITERS WE ARE NOT MANAGERS!! THEY ALL MADE US SIGN A FORM THAT WE AGREED TO BE CALLED "EXEMPT" RATHER THAN NON EXEMPT. WE (MORTGAGE UNDERWRITERS) DID NOT HAVE ANY MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY AT ALL!! THEY TOLD US WHEN TO COME IN (BETTER NOT BE A MINUTE PAST 8AM) AND WE CERTAINLY DID NOT MANAGE OR OVERSEE ANYONE. BEING CLASSIFIED AS "EXEMPT" IS WRONG AND ILLEGAL.
     
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Posted by clutzycook on 2012-11-04:
If you really are in the middle of a lawsuit, I would imagine that your lawyer would advise posting anything about the situation in a public forum.
Posted by clutzycook on 2012-11-04:
I mean advise against.
Posted by CUontheFlipSide on 2012-11-05:
I don't believe that you have to manage anyone to be exempt.
Posted by Susan on 2012-11-05:
This does not sound like a situation that warrants a Federal class action lawsuit. It appears like a matter for your state labor board to sort out.
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SunTrust Is Worst Bank Ever!
Posted by Hopedreambelieve18 on 10/06/2011
SunTrust has to be the worst bank ever! I made the mistake of switching to SunTrust after Bank Of America started feeing their customers to death. As it turns out, SunTrust is even more unscrupulous than BOA between all their fees, unethical banking practices and absolutely horrible customer service, or should I say lacktherof. They messed my account up numerous times, due to employee errors, and every time had to fight with them to get things fixed. This last time around they messed it up so bad that all my money was gone and eaten up in numerous overdraft fees for a transaction I did not even make! Two branch employees actually had the nerve to yell at me and treat me like a three year old after hassling with them over this situation for three weeks! They even had the nerve to say "the bank does not make mistakes". Yeah, right. Those same two employees were overheard by my friend that was with me discussing a situation where a deposit had been posted wrong and one of them asked the other if he should call the customer to let them know. The other employee told him no, just go ahead and process it. Is that the kind of bank you would trust with YOUR money? I have since filed a formal complaint against the branch and hope both of those employees get fired. It has taken a total of three weeks, numerous calls and representatives from the 800 customer service number to straighten things out so I could close the account. By that point, I had already made up my mind that SunTrust was not a bank to be trusted. Hmmmm, maybe they should change their name to SunMistrust. Definitely would be much more befitting. After that nightmare, I chose to take my business elsewhere. The representative at the new bank I went to told me he heard stories like that almost daily from customers who left SunTrust due to unethical practices and beyond bad customer service. My suggestion is if you have an account there, leave immediately! If you are considering them for your bank, don't do it!

     
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Posted by Kris10 on 2011-10-06:
If you don't mind me asking, Who do you bank with now, and are you happy with them?
Posted by hopedreambelieve18 on 2012-01-29:
I've switched to a local credit union now and much happier! I highly recommend choosing a credit union in your area.
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Thanks for not caring
Posted by Lee321123 on 08/05/2011
My mortgage had gone into foreclosure and I paid the lawyers fees and the money to bring the mortgage current, which totaled over $8,000. During this whole process Suntrust had been sending the payments I was still making back to me in checks. One of these checks got lost some where in the mail so I called SUNTRUST COLLECTIONS DEPT. to have this check investigated and sent back to me. After the normal Lingo of confirming my identity I was told "Ok sir, I show your account is past due $951.00 when will you be paying this sir?"
My answer - " Um I'm not sure if you realize but I'm no longer in forclosure and I realize I owe this month's payment. (its the 5th day of the month) The reason I'm calling is to have a check investigated and sent back to me."
His answer - "Sir we will get to that in a moment when do you plan on paying the $951.00?"
My answer - " Why are you asking about My monthly payment I'm not in forclosure I just need to ask you questions about this check..."
His answer - " I'm asking YOU a question. when are you going to pay the $951.00?"
My Answer - "Uhhh what are we talking about again?"
His answer - "What are we talking about sir?"
Finally after they testosterone battle he listens to what I have to say and he gets the request put in. (Or so I hope). Let me also note I have been going in circles for months about this missing check and I finally got to the point I had to call my bank and have them look up the check numbers and dates so I could tell Suntrust which of THEIR checks have been cashed. Why is it that NO ONE at Suntrust seems to know whats going on? They are not able to see which of THEIR checks have been cashed unless I give them a specific date of a check to "research" which takes days if not weeks. The last complaint I have is with the collections department jumping down my neck about my normal monthly payment. The collections department is so ready to argue with people that they are completly blind to the whole reason I'm calling. This was not the only time I have been treated like this when dealing with the collections department. Everyone in that department seems ready to battle it out with the customer before ever even asking why they are calling.
     
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Posted by Alain on 2011-08-07:
Try contacting SunTrust's corporate office at 303 Peachtree St.,NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404)588-7711 or SunTrust's Mortgage Division at 901 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 291-0740 to report this behaviour.
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Suntrust is horrific
Posted by Rloftonbrown on 07/21/2011
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -- I was conviced my an Suntrust employee to move my personal and busines accounts to Suntrust. 2 months after I moved them I got a letter from them saying my 'free account' would now be 10.00 per month. I then contacted the branch manager and she assured me she would waive the fees. 6 months later I got my statements and the fee appeared again. I contact the branch and the new manager said they would not honor the letter and the employee who wrote it didn't have the authority to do so. This employee was a MANAGER. He started arguing with me and them told me to find another bank.

I asked to speak to the area manager and was given her phone number. She told me she didn't have time to talk to me and would call me back. 3 days later she calls and then said they wouldn't honor the agreement the previous manager had given me even thought it was written on Suntrust letterhead and signed. We are a small non profit and simply cannot afford to lose that money each month for fees.

The next day I was reviewing my personal account and noticed where there was a statement print fee. I hadn't requested this and called to find out who did this. Apparently it was a former employee of mine who did this for no apparent reason except for being nosy or maybe to committ identity theft. Who knows.

I asked for them to file a report with their security department. They refused to do so.

I then sent emails to every executive officer in Virginia. The executive secretary emailed me and said she would check into this. Almost two weeks later, everyone refuses to respond to my questions or concerns.

I am at my wits ends and feel like I am against a brick wall. People from the executive staff all the way down do not care about their customers and I haven't gotten nothing from them. I have filed complaints with the BBB and the bank regulatory commissions but have yet to get anything from Suntrust.
     
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Posted by blitz on 2012-04-28:
All banks are charging monthly fee's for accounts now. If you hear of any that isn't I'd like to know, but I bet they will all follow suit very soon. About your statement copy, the only way a person could receive the copy was if they were authorized user to the account. So there is nothing anyone can do about that. If she in fact was not an authorized user, have you tried to call their customer service number and asking to speak with a supervisor instead of dealing directly to the local management? That may help.
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Error on our part.......
Posted by Whoever I need to be on 05/20/2011
NORTH CAROLINA -- OK I received a letter from my bank Wachovia informing me that my accounts were closed immediately due to a report from Early warning services. I contacted them got my report it said I had an account that closed on 5/5 at Suntrust. I stayed on the phone for 8 straight hours with Suntrust and Wachovia. Suntrust says we don't report unless account is closed and sir yours is open. ok then remove me so back and forth over and over I called.. the ""investigator"" says she removed me but no reason I was there to start with must have been a small error.. OK small is small when it stops you're everyday living it is NOT small.. still no resolution ....
     
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Posted by MJGoldfarb on 2011-05-20:
I am curious - what is "Early warning services"? What type of accounts were involved?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-20:
Was it something like Chexsystems?
Posted by PepperElf on 2011-05-20:
If your account is closed and you can't get anything done.... you may want to consider switching to a different bank.
Posted by monkeybusiness on 2012-04-28:
early warning systems means she had an account closed and sent to collections for overdrafts. Until you pay off your debt to one bank, another will not do business with you.
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AWFUL Customer Service, Borderline Insurance Fraud
Posted by JenTurtzo on 01/13/2011
I had received a series of mail messages from Suntrust with regards to the flood policy for my Condo Unit. Upon receipt of the very first message, I contacted the Insurance carrier for the association BB&T to send the appropriate information.

I called Sun Trust, and an agent called my Insurance company with me on hold. The agents spoke, and the Sun Trust representative told me that she would personally follow up with the insurance agent to be sure that the information was aquired.

A month of so later, I received another letter that there was insufficient information with regards to this policy. I then called the insurance agent and the insurance agent called and spoke with a representative at Sun Trust, and they reached an understanding of what documents were to be sent.

I then received another letter that said due to my non-responsiveness - SunTrust went ahead and purchased a flood insurance policy on my behalf. They took the money out of my escrow account - delaying payment of my taxes, and then proceeded to bill me for the shortage in my monthly mortgage statement (that apparently they can adjust without my consent).

What is so appalling about this entire situation is that SunTrust had on record that I had a flood insurance policy - and that they had misread the policy thinking that the building number was not on there - when it was. They should have seen the numerous call ins that I placed to both the customer service and the insurance department - and postponed purchasing the flood insurance. I think they were getting a kickback somewhere along the lines with the writing of those policies.

When I finally got the two parties together and the correct information was acknowledged - it took 15 days to cancel the policy. It took a considerable amount of effort on my behalf to get this straightened out. I have been waiting for the escrow department to analyze my account to issue me my refund...they take their dear sweet time because they have my money earning INTEREST!

To boot, almost every representative I spoke with was RUDE and indifferent to my situation. I had several personnel in the insurance department make rude remarks and behave very inappropriately.

This has disgusted me, and it is not the first time it happens. Suntrust Mortgage's Insurance dept is inept, and they send these flood insurance letters each and every year. PATHETIC excuse for a company.

     
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Posted by peoples choice on 2012-04-28:
Next time stay on the phone with the companies and READ every disclosure. I would have never hung up assuming someone will just take care of my problems.
Posted by pjgrinch on 2013-06-20:
I've had the same exact experience with Sun Trust every year for the last three years. I my opinion, this is fraud. They are using this as an excuse to take funds out of escrow. Does anyone know how this can be reported?
Posted by jim on 2014-02-24:
For seven years I get those letters. All they give you is a fax number to prove you have flood insurance. This year I called the hoa that sends them the flood insur. policy twice..and they said they faxed it. Today I received a letter stating I have been paying a $200 plus a month policy (slapped on my mortage by Suntrust )since May 2013.
This is despite the fact I already have a hoa policy in force. Suntrust gives NO PHONE number in the Atlanta Office on their letters that you can call to follow up that they received a fax from your insur. company. The Director/CEO/COO for this division of Suntrust Mortgage NEEDS TO BE FIRED by the Board of Directors!!!! I am writing letters to every Board member. Conveniently they don't list them on the Suntrust web site but I have a friend who is a VP of Suntrust that is giving me all the contact info.
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Can I Give A Negative Star Rating?
Posted by Bkenneway on 11/20/2010
My mortgage was sold to them immediately after we bought 4 1/2 years ago and I have not had a single decent experience with them since. Everything from a simple bill payment to trying to refinance has cost me countless hours on the phone (mostly on hold), money, and frustration.

Initially we had 2 mortgages through them and just trying to make monthly payments was a nightmare. Almost every month they applied payments to the wrong account resulting in either under or over payments which they would mail back to me. I would have to wait for the check to clear, redeposit it and resubmit payment. They would then charge late fees and sometimes I would have to make double payments just to avoid credit issues. This took countless hours on the phone every month to straighten out for almost a year until they finally sold the 2nd mortgage.

I am also eligible to receive an APR reduction under the Soldiers and Sailors Act because I am currently on active duty orders for deployment. It took over 6 months and countless phone calls for them to finally adjust my rate and payments. After which insteasd of reimbursing the overpayments I made each month just so I wouldn't default, they applied it to the loan without my consent.

Currently I am trying to refinance under the HARP program, which SunTrust advertises widely, but have been given more than the run around. The “system” conveniently transfers me to the wrong department or disconnects my call. I have not received a single return phone call after leaving numerous messages for loan officers. One actually told me that I couldn’t apply for HARP until I contacted the second mortgage lender and received a verbal subordination agreement, which is the responsibility of the first mortgage lender to request in writing only with my consent. I spoke to a “supervisor” who stated that it was not SunTrust’s responsibility to disclose information regarding government loan programs and that it was up to the media to distribute the information and the consumer to ask about it. He stated that my lender should discuss these programs with me, at which point I re-stated that SunTrust is my lender. The latest and most rude experience so far. I was placed on hold several times mid-sentence, told that I needed to be denied modification before I could apply for HARP (which is completely untrue), and was abruptly transferred to an unknown department where I stayed on hold for almost 20 minutes before hanging up.

Consistently, I have been misdirected on every call, been given misinformation by customer service representatives and loan officers who clearly do not have knowledge of the products they sell, dealt with rude employees and after weeks of calling every still have not even been able to apply for the refinance never mind get approved!!

If you have an option don't do business with SunTrust!!!!! I've been trying to get away from them for 4 years!
     
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No response when asking for help for charges not made
Posted by Banthony4760 on 11/15/2010
GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA -- My husband agreed to a 3 day trial with a company he came across on the internet. He start the trial on Friday and by Sunday morning he had gone in and canceled the membership. The first amount for the trial period was only $4.47 and we had more than that in the bank. He made this transaction via phone because he had put his # in wrong and they asked him to call them. The next thing we knew they had posted 2 more charges to his account via internet. Needless to say it put us in overdraft. When I contacted the bank and talked to the Asst. Bank Manager, he said that you should not give your bank card info over the internet. Ha. Yeah a joke since most people now days do almost all shopping via internet. He then said we needed to cancel the card. Which he did. My husband contacted the fraud department and was told that he should not have canceled the card but looked into the charges himself. But even though the card was canceled, I was doing war with this company who had a person answer the phone when my husband called, had an answering machine answer the 15 times I called and did not call me back. I then went to the internet and bombed them with emails. Guess what, They refunded the money to an account that they only had the bank card number to that was canceled. Secure banking huh. When I called the bank and asked how they could possibly refund money to a card that no longer had access to I was told that they did not know. I also have our rent set on bill pay. Guess what, it was not paid this month. I called and was told that it was not set up for a monthly payment, the woman procedded to start telling how to go into my account and do this, I cut her short and told her to look at the account a little better since I had used bill pay before. I told her I did not have to have a lesson to be able to do this and that I know that I set it up for monthly payment. Of course in their eyes, they are right and the customer is STUPID. I asked for the number for the complaints department and she said they did not have one, but she would be glad to take my complaint and have them call me back. What, double talking? She takes my complaint, sends it to the COMPLAINT department and they call me back. Go figure. Needless to say we had a huge overdraft which we were told we would be credited for. Maybe by the year 2030. And that our rent was not paid and we have to pay $25.00 late fee plus $5.00 a day after the 10th of the month. So I am on the phone with Wachovia right now and switching banks.
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Posted by werelucky on 2010-11-15:
The bank was right. Never buy anything anywhere, especially over the Internet with a debt card. Use a credit card. When you use a debt card it's like handing your checkbook to these companies. Only use the debt card for ATM cash withdraws at your bank.
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-11-15:
I believe werelucky means always use a "debit" card. A credit card is closer to a "debt" card then a debit card, if you think about it.

I completely agree. I would never give my debit or checking account over the phone or internet to a company other than, say, my electricity provider or the telephone company (land line only). I use my credit card for all purchases that are not in person. As werelucky says, it gives someone direct access to your cash, as opposed to access to your credit.
Posted by CatyL on 2012-04-28:
Your closed card can receive credits, but will not allow debits to go through. I've had enough lost cards to know that answer :) Also sounds like you are paranoid that speaking rude to complete strangers only doing their job resulted in them maybe "pushing" a button that gave you an overdraft fee. I assure you only YOU spending more in your account than you had resulted in the overdraft fee. (which by the way, if your rent wasn't paid, then wouldn't you have had more in your acct anyway? Maybe thats why it didn't get paid, the funds weren't in there.)If you knew how to set up billpay, then why even call them? The rep probably assumed you needed some assistance since you did call....
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