No Frills No Service Bank
This used to be a great customer-service focused bank - backed and promoted by both Super Funds and Unions; however this bank has lost its way. MeBank is rationalising another of its customer service options and is soon ending its 24-hr Self-Service Telephone banking service. It plans to reduce customer service to mostly online banking-only. It offers no face-to-face customer service and its poorly-maintained and seemingly never upgraded 24-hr Self-Service Telephone banking service, which doesn't follow its own customer service menu, but at l...east offers some customer autonomy and respite from its long customer-service assisted phone banking wait times - will too soon end. The exact closure date is not publicised. Formal complaints to MeBank and the Banking Industry are routinely dismissed. Profit margins - not customer service needs - seem to be at the centre of this bank's service charter. Incompetence and rude arrogance are its true currency and could/should constitute MEBank's promotional tag line - ME((( . Super Funds and Unions would well be advised to find another more competent and ethical banking service to patronise. I certainly will.
Hopeless bank as once existing customer. Been unable to update my home loan. It’s been six weeks and 3rd attempt
3 times I have tried to reduce my rate for my homeland. Currently awaiting paperwork to be emailed and so far it’s been six weeks. Very unhelpful and very slow to help you reduce your home loan rate but quick to ring if my credit card is overdue. Very frustrating and hopeless bank once you are an existing customer
Incompetent and arrogant. Don't fall for the cool marketing image!
This bank projects a cool and friendly image in its ads, but don't believe the marketing. The reality is a mixture of incompetence and arrogance. The first giveaway was in the lead-up to my home loan settlement, when the bank sent me a package of 4 documents to sign, but with one of the four documents missing. This was a completely standard owner-occupier loan that they probably write thousands of each year... how hard can it be to send 4 simple documents? It was all downhill from there. They managed to link my online savings account to a...nother ME account (instead of an external account), which meant that I was unable to access my money in the account - had to waste more time of the phone to fix a problem that should not have happened in the first place. I was promised a 0.25% discount on my home loan as a NTEU member, this discount mysteriously disappeared after just a couple of months - never received any explanation or a reason from the bank. Interest rate cuts (2019-2020) were routinely either not passed on at all or only partially passed on. When I decided to refinance, I called ME Bank on the off-chance that they might offer me something better rather than lose me altogether; the customer service person I spoke to was so obnoxiously arrogant that there was no doubt in my mind after that call about going elsewhere. Their "parting gift" to me was to delay my refinance settlement by a month because they lost a document my conveyancer had sent to them early in the process. This one month has cost me several hundred $$ in extra interest. Needless to say, I am glad to have said "Good Bye" to them, and I have no intention of ever dealing with this pathetic excuse for a bank!
Hopeless customer service at this bank!
I am now refinancing with another bank after the poor I received from Me Bank last year. I have a home investment loan with them which I had to pause repayments during Covid restrictions. Due to the poor training of their call centre staff, I was treated like I was in default and you always wait at least 20 minutes to talk to someone. I lodged a complaint with the banking ombudsman and in the end, they offered $200 to settle my complaint.
ME is for you if you want a breathtakingly incompetent, totally disorganised banker, loose with the truth and has many hands...none of which know what any of the others are doing. We changed banks based on word of mouth, we should have read the reviews and stayed put. We applied to move loans to ME in early October, 2020. After an incredible amount of misdirection and false starts one loan was completed after 2 months of daily interventions and much anxiety for us. The other was settled after lies, numerous broken settlement dates in mid- Janua...ry 2021, over 3 months after the application. So what? The loan repayment date began a week ago but the money has still not appeared in my account even after written promises! I am clearly expected to pay for money not received. I should have bought shares in ME instead, great investment when a bank only takes repayments without lending. Maybe this is ME's version of a reverse mortgage. A Mr Adam Crane was appointed as CFO of ME Bank December 2020 to "lead ME's business strategy" (ME website) as he has, in the past, driven "change, improvement and innovation". Well, no-one is running this shop. I'm off to AFCA and the Ombudsman with a formal complaint. Caveat emptor! Want a loan? Go elsewhere.
Slow and hopeless
Slow and hopeless would be my most accurate summation. Went through our trusted Mortgage broker to set the finance and after 6 weeks, still no approval, just repeated requests for the same information already provided with apparently no end in sight. We have pulled the finance and this is our first and last time dealing with them. Could not possibly recommend.
Would not recommend an investment loan
Loyal customer for 5 years tried to negotiate lower rates as paying well above average. Interest free period has also ended. Was advised that it would be easy to reapply for interest only, but rejected. So now stuck paying high rate and principle. I have a second loan with another bank that I am paying a significantly lower rate with and interest only. ME Bank have passed on a small cut, but interest rates are already high so still well above a fair amount. I would never recommend this bank to anyone, my broker can't even deal with them anymore so I have had to myself.
Started out great!! Have become bad!!!
Found ME to be excellent for the first 15 years or so, couldn't be better. Going down the gurgler in the last few years!! Their rates were always quite a bit below others in the past, now one of the most expensive around which is hard to believe as they are not a full blown bank with branches etc to cost in?? Wait times on the phone are long & then told someone will call you back within the next 2 days???? What!! I finally get a day off during the week when I can call & sort stuff to be told that, ridiculous!!!!! When we call you guy's we need ...to talk to someone there & then when we are in our home/work office with all relevant info, pen, paper, computer in front of us. Not at work sweating, in front of customers, unable to concentrate with nothing at hand that we need to make the call useful. Also new customers get looked after better than us 17 year loyal customers with offers of more attractive interest rates. To be fair they did drop my rate after asking for a better deal but it still wasn't very competitive. I think I need to leave this crowd.
Worst bank and customer service
Did a construction loan with ME Bank, sent application through for stage one payment as well as requested documents for the bank to be told it’s been completed and funds will be in building account in 24 hours to then receive a call a week later saying we can’t pay the builder due to a discrepancy with no explanation or detailed reason why. I have been calling everyday for the past month to be told the same thing over and over again that a team leader will call me, I am get to receive any phone call from the team leader or any explanation of what is going on even though we have settled the loan more then 2 months ago. Do not waste you time with this bank!
Very average customer service
I have been with them now for some years but find them particularly average in their customer service. Long waits on the phone ("due to overwhelming demand....") when we all know it's about cost cutting. This bank is supposedly owned by unions and industry super funds which is good but from the customer point of view there is no difference. They couldn't care less and are no better than Westpac, NAB etc. Any letter or email I have written to them has been ignored. I think it's time to move my loan as they aren't even that competitive.
Had verbal pre-approval from an ME representative to buy a house more than a year ago. Good loyal client with strong savings record. Borrowing well within limits. Permanent, covid-safe job. Recently successfully bid at auction, subject to finance (14 days). ME messed us around for 5 weeks and then finally said no. No real explanation, nothing in writing.
Many others would have lost their deposit at that point. Fortunately a rival bank has been very helpful. Stress was increased by a lack of communication. We had to do all the following up with ...
It was a bad home loan experience for me. After the the 3 yr fixed period they increased the rates twice while industry rates were going down. They would not negotiate on the rates until I had already decided to change lenders and I gave them ample opportunities. I would not recommend them.
Interest rates remains high
Borrowed from ME in 2001, the interest rate at the time was competitive as an owner occupier the interest rate currently (July 2020) is 4.47%. Conversations with ME about the interest rate have been to no avail and the costs involved in refinancing have made the option unviable. I have always made repayments on time and have a spotless credit report. Never again.
Good initial offer BUT difficult and extremely time consuming communications
For an investment property loan ME was absolutely a pain to deal with. At the end of my initial term I wanted to continue with interest only payments. I submitted many documents over after their many requests over several weeks then to be rejected.
The worst experience I have ever had
I recently sold my house - mortgage was with ME. Buyer was financing through ME. At settlement I was told that the extra funds after sale could not be put into my ME savings account and I would need to pick up a cheque. Once I picked up the cheque (A bank cheque as it was from Westpac ME) I banked it at the post office. It was a long weekend so waited to Tuesday to call ME and ask them to clear the cheque. I had the name of the buyer so they could verify that the cheque that was banked was in fact the same amount as settlement. I was told they ...can't clear it. I asked for a special answer again I was told they can't do that when it's banked at the post office ( I don't live in Melbourne). I said well when will it clear? I was told 10 days due to clear on the 16th June. Apparently covid 19 was the reason for the delay in clearing . I said that was disgusting seeing as all banks can clear cheques in 4 days even though it was covid 19 - nothing they can do I was told. I asked to speak to the complaints area. I was told they would take my details and let them know. If a bank wants to service all of Australia they really do need to fix the system - this was disgusting. I never heard from the complaints area so emailed the Customer Advocate (2 business days to get back to me the return email said) I wait 5 days and emailed them again and was sent an email saying someone will get back to me today. In the mean time I called to ask for a letter to say that the cheque would actually be clearing on the 16th as I had something urgent I was purchasing and needed the money by the 17th. After another 2 phone calls I got the letter. So on the 16th the cheque didn't clear - I was told it was due to clear but hadn't and again nothing could be done. I don't normally go off at people they are the messengers but by this stage I was really frustrated and angry that I had the letter from ME but it was worth nothing. On the 17th I got all my money out of ME and will never go back to them. I do want to say I did finally get a free electronic transfer and interest credit for the time my money was in a nil interest account - Thank you Ben who finally helped me. To date I have not heard from Customer Advocate - they have sent emails asking for my phone number (which is on my account) and an email saying the issue had been resolved to let them know it that was incorrect which I have done.
Call centre staff rude and incompetent
We have been trying to get rate reduction correspondence sent out over the past 2 months. We need this information for both our accountant and the ATO. Five times we have rung and messaged Me bank to ask why we haven't received mail that was promised to be sent out via express post, only to be told it was never ever coded into the system. but they will message you to say it has been posted numerous times. We have also rung and emailed 4 times asking for redraw monies to be reversed only to be told again it was never ever coded into system.......Why is the call centre taking calls and never entering or coding it into the system .... but the worse thing of all is l stated l was a loyal customer of nearly 30 years and on a disability pension only to be laughed at and belittled. Absolute contempt for there customers able or disabled. I am sick of getting discriminated against by this Bank and its call centre. They really need to be held accountable for there poor attitude and treatment of all customers whether disabled or able bodied..
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