Great place to start your career on an entry-level
I stayed here way too long. I already have 10 years of experience in banking and I am still being taken for granted.
The only problem about the National Bank of Canada is their inability to compensate their younger professionals. The baby boomers will retire eventually, sooner or later, and the place will be for us. But they are far behind compared to other financial institutions in terms of salary. My similar position pays 60-70k (without bonus) in another company, whereas I am being paid much lower.
With 10 years of experience, and 4-5 years in an Analyst/Management role, I should not be this vastly underpaid.
As explained up-top, it is a great place to start your career, but you should apply elsewhere when your manager gives many excuses of why you can't get a raise. My raise never matched inflation, and it is harder every year to keep up with my basic needs such as groceries, bills, mortgage, and car payments. I do not splurge on non-necessary goods and services, and my family and I (2 kids, my husband, and myself) have not been able to afford international flights. Our 3 weeks of vacation is used for home improvement or local road trips only.
It is very sad as I am wasting my youth not travelling.