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I Am Warning You Dont Open And Account Here

This is the worst bank ever , they have really went down in their customer care and listening skills. My hubby and I opened a checking account and they ended up opening to many of them and then they put a account with wrong address, Also they will have bank fee over charges that our their fault but they wont take accountability for them.. We where told there are banks all over Oregon as we travel for work and that is not true. Just remember I warned you awful bank and customer care service I would give it a 0 if I could.. Worst Bank Ever,,,,,,,,,

Worst Bank Ever

Posted by: dbuley | Oct 26, 2017

My Account has been open for 17 years and has been through 3 mergers...Customer service does not even understand what type of account I have. NOT A CLUE,,,,,,POOR.... POOR..... training at that place. I will be closing my account today.

It's a bank...

I would say that for the only reason why I am with Key Bank is due to me not being able to stay with other banks due to my old credit past. I chose this bank more so because it was one of the few banks that accepted me. There is a lot wrong with this bank such as, hidden fees when you withdraw money from the machine. I get charged at least $1.75 for just a simple withdraw from a WaWa, which is what everyone uses in the Northeast. At Wawa, this is usually the ATM to go to for free fees. I do not like that I have to physically have to go to my personal bank to take cash out if I want. Also, there customer service is so-so. I just have recieved vague answers and not sure if most of their support is the most sufficient in answering questions. I think their bankers are very very nice but that is about it. I also do not like their mobile app. It includes a pin that you can use to get into the app and there was a full week I could not get into it because the connection was too slow to catch up with what I input. I lost my ID and I had to request a new card three times. I was not happy. Overall, it an ok bank. I wouldn't use this bank if I had other options.

Terrible Bank

I had problems a few years ago and I will never go back to them.
CS are totally incompetent, caused me a lot of grief and aggravation due to serious errors on their part.
Fortunately I had kept copies of all original paperwork for proof. Stay away!

Terrible Bank That Will Not Care About You

Stay away from this company, in fact run from them and get a bank that cares about their customers. This bank has been the worst on every level. When I was offered an "upgraded" account they gave me two savings accounts and began charging me for not having a checking account and kept charging fees which took weeks to resolve. Most recently when purchasing a home they had just instituted a new rule in which you could not wire money without going to a branch. My home purchase was in a different state and I was unable to do so which almost cost me and my family our new home. They would not accept any notorized information from the title company or bank which left my family homeless while I had to at my expense fly to Cleveland to simply sign a piece of paper. This bank does not care for its customers and are not willing to help you regardless of the personal cost to you. Stay away!!!

Service varies.

I have banked with Key for about 5 years. Originally I was drawn to them under the recommendation of a friend. He had strictly used the bank in person but recommended them based on speed of transactions and efficiency. Originally, I was not a fan. I got caught up in the Target fraud situation and they waited several months to tell me, then closed my bank card and sent me a new one. Only problem was they sent it to the wrong address. I had updated my address via the web profile but it didn't sync. I consistently get locked out of my online account. Not because I entered the wrong password but because I didn't log in through the app. Now, they've recently updated the app and I'm able to do much more. I'm still bothered by the system not working with all the air pay options. They're customer service is usually friendly if not always as sure or direct as they could be. Still, I've banked with worse.

Very Bad Experience

It is times like this that I hate this bank. We were trying to purchase online ticket for flights as ticket prices can go high within 5 minutes. Card got declined as it was a big amount compared to what is used usually. It was under my mother's name and I had her with me. We called customer service and they could not verify and they would not help or uplift the ban on the account. I asked them to provide a translator if I am not good enough and they said they could not provide translator. I said my mother can give authorization so I can talk on her behalf and they said it cannot happen. If this is customer service. I am cancelling all my accounts with this poor bank within the next 1 week. Simply appauling.

Stay Away From Keybank!!!

My bank First Niagara was bought by Keybank last October. Instead of mailing me info on this banks policy's and fees and doing the right thing by having me sign a policy agreement I found out last Friday that this bank just helped themselves to $25 of MY money because I did not use their atm. This should have been clear at the time they became Keybank. Instead they get rich off of customers who have no clue about these fees. And this has been going on since October, I just found out. They're crooks. Be very careful with them.

Review as a New Customer

Posted by: BootsLee | Mar 26, 2015

I am a new customer of Key, and have had nothing but good experience. My boyfriend and I have a joint account, and our experience has always been pleasant customer service. If there is a question, the staff is always courteous, prompt, and friendly and does what it takes to search for an answer if they don't happen to have one and come up with a solution. Our account is small but we are also never looked down upon at all as well. I would also have no problems recommending Key to anyone, and if one is re-starting like we have been after the economy collapse, plus life-situations that brought financial ruin, I would especially recommend them as they are also very encouraging, knowledgeable, and willing to come up with, and give suggestions if need be.

My thoughts regarding Keybank

Keybank is bank that I trusted most...this is why Master Card is Keybank card. I have been a loyal customer for over 10 years, and in return for my loyalty, Keybank has proven themselves to merciful and forgiving when times were tough. When my Mastercard was stolen via me having used it to make an online purchase, Keybank understood my situation and refunded all of the stolen money - which was a considerable sum. I shall continue to use Keybank in my future...they have been good to me, and I shall be good to them in return :)

I'm happy with Key

Posted by: JimmyJ1980 | Jan 6, 2015

I opened up an savings and a checking account with Key bank a few years ago when I moved into the area. There was not wait time and the lady who helped me out was very nice. There's never a long line and the tellers remember who you are and genuinely seem to care. I've had all my questions answered promptly and correctly. I even opened up a separate savings account for kids. Their web site is excellent and I'm able to do whatever I want and not have problems. There are enough locations around my area that there isn't a problem going to the ATM or talking to a person in real life. I've had good luck with their other products, like CDs and loans, and they've been on par with other banks. I've been happy these last few years and I'm hoping that will be the case going forward.

Lied To Me And My Son

My son opened an account so he could have direct deposit from work. We were told by the manager that after he gets $500 in deposits, he gets an additional $150 from Key. Never got it. Now they say since my name is on the account, he cannot have it. Shouldn't the MANAGER who told us that know he would not get it? Horrible public relations.

I Hate Your Bank!

I have never had such a hard time getting to MY MONEY! Your hours suck! Who works til 4pm! You have fees for everything. I closed my account. My last experience was trying to cash a check my husband wrote from his account (which I am POD on) and you wanted to charge me because I did not have a "depository account"! Seriously I took the check to First Merit and I got it cashed!

Your customer service sucks! You do not process deposits first so I incurred overdraft fees constantly! Did I mention your bank Sucks!

Absolute Con Of A Bank

I should have listened. Before my wife and I opened up a Home Equity Line (and corresponding Checking Account), my brother warned me that this bank was not to be trusted.

Odd Quirk Re: Balances
So, you know how, when you receive your statement from your bank, it lists the transaction amount, and your balance? KeyBank won't show you your balance alongside the transaction. This, in itself, is reason enough not to use this bank.

What happened to my brother:
He had closed an account with KeyBank. A few weeks later, an automated deposit had subsequently been sent to his - now closed - account. KeyBank reopened his account without notifying him, then started charging him monthly $10 account fees, until the small deposit was eaten through. Then they started charging him $10 plus overdraft fees. It wasn't until he received notice on the overdraft fees that he had any idea that he even had an open account with them.

What has happened to us:
In the past several months, KeyBank has done everything they can to extract overdraft fees from us, with no improper action on our part.

We have had a recurring deposit from another bank (BECU) into KeyBank to cover the payments to the HELOC. There has never been a problem with the BECU account transfers, and BECU is a highly respected credit union. Recently, they started "holding" our transfers to BECU. They had never done this before, and had no reason to suspect that there were any problems with the account, but in holding the balances, our loan payments overdrafted the checking accounts (two payments per month, two overdraft fees). We've since had all of the fees rescinded, but I'm sure they were hoping that we wouldn't notice, so they'd be able to get us for more fees.

I have absolutely no faith that this bank has my interests in mind, and if it didn't cost thousands of dollars to apply for a loan elsewhere, we would be out of there in an instant.

Horrible Online Bankind

Online banking will show nothing except current balance. Stay away from this bank.

Worst Bank Ever

They will show you offers and attract and when you open account they will say that you are not eligible coz of blah blah sometimes the most stupid reason.
Stuck with this bank for 6 moths . Worst decision ever made. Stay away go with real offers.

The Worst Bank EVER!!!

Their online system never works, they keep changing URLs, without notifying you, phone system does not work, you can't even pay your account when you want to. Getting anyone on the phone is next to impossible. I closed my account, and three weeks later they took money out of my bank account. Now I can't get in touch with them to get my money back! Thieves!!! Stay away from this Brady bunch! Not worthy of the name "bank."


they offered a $150 bonus for a new account and instead they took out of me $9 a month and didn't gave me the $150 prommised, and when I asked to close my account they said "you will have to pay a early termination fee of $50"

Fees For Everything, Horrible Customer Service


Customer Service Sucks

I have lived in the small town of belfair wa all my life. This bank has been here since forever why i have no clue. They are rude every single time you go there for anything you doing. Deposits, payments dosent matter. If you like to be treated as a second rate citizen talked down to and by snoody stuck up employees you will enjoy this branch. Otherwise drive to any other town to bank with them if you must. This has been going on with them for years..... when my home equity is paid for i will never be back what a day to look forward to.


Posted by: J_Stan_Ley | Nov 2, 2012

This is the absolute worst bank I have ever used and or heard of anyone using. It took me three tries to get my debit card ordered and during that first month they almost closed my account because they "lost" my deposit. Once that got cleared up I finally received my debit card 42 days after opening my account. They had tacked on monthly bank fees because I had not used my card the twice per 30 days requirement to waive them.  That got refunded after 10 days of "looking into it". Fast forward 5 months with no problems until I go to check my account only to find that my account has been closed. I am informed that it is closed because they did not have a signature card on file. (I filled out everything including a signature card with a branch manager who had conveniently relocated to Portland) I received no notice, and no phone call. They claim to have sent out the letter September 3rd giving me 30 days notice that my account would be closed. Not only did I never receive a letter, my account was not closed until October 30th. They then had the balls to encourage me to open another account with them and that they will make sure this time that everything is correct. No one involved with this bank can ever answer any questions they always have to ask someone else over the phone. This occurs over the phone or in person at the branch locations. I wish I could give them zero stars. A ceramic piggy bank with a ferret guarding it would have better customer service and probably be more competent than Key Bank.

HORRIBLE Online Banking -- And THIEVES To Boot!

Posted by: evrclr190p | Oct 5, 2012

I was a loyal KeyBank customer for 20 years.   But their online banking has ended all of that.

The security checks are flawed.  It prompts you for information from public record (mortgage payment amount, relatives names, etc).  However, my answers were never correct.   Evidently, Key knows more about my family members than I do, and as a result my account would be locked.

This went on for a few years...  getting locked out of online banking every few weeks and having to spend 15 minutes on the phone getting it unlocked.   Finally, I gave up with them and just stopped using the account entirely.

I just learned that they started assessing a $5/month maintenance fee on my account due to inactivity.   Once they finally sucked all of my money from the account down to a zero balance, they closed my account.   WITHOUT EVEN NOTIFYING ME.


Banks Dishonest Practices

Posted by: scc | Sep 6, 2012

My son opened a student account at Key bank and direct deposited his checks, including his student loan check.   The bank increased its charges and informed him in very convoluted language at the end of a statement.  My son found that every time he checked his balance the bank was charging him and they were charging him an additional fee for checking at an out of state ATM.   He could not access his online account to find out why his money was disappearing and repeatedly contacted help to figure out why access was denied.   It cost him a lot of money by checking his balance on an ATM in an attempt to do his due diligence and avoid overdrafting.  Of course, it cost Key bank nothing for him to view his balance, they charged as much as $5 for this "service" at another banks ATM.  When he came home in May, he spoke to a service representative and closed  his account and withdrew his balance.  Unfortunately, the bank personnel did not bother to actually close his account.   We received robo-calls, with nobody on the other end, directed to nobody's name, saying to call Key bank.  Since none of us had accounts there any more, we thought this was a promotion.  When we did call the number that was left we found the bank had charged him $45, because they hadn't closed his account.  We spent another half hour at the bank, we were told this was corrected, but it wasn't until we contacte the consumer protection agency and they contacted the bank.  Terrible service and dishonest banking policies that treat their customers like they are there to be robbed.  I recommend you never use this bank, no matter what the promotions they offer, such as a student account.  They will change the rules, without clear notification and they will try to rob you.

Just Short Of Hijacking

Posted by: Barbra | Aug 16, 2012

The only reason I gave them 1 star is because they do at least answer the phone ... well at some locations anyway.

Keybank is absolutely terrible. Tried to close an account for my father who needed this money desperately for his care. I have Financial Power of Attorney and faxed over all necessary documents to them. After 10 days, they confirmed that they received those documents but have not added me to the account. In addition, they have no idea when I will be added to the account and will not notify me once they do. All they will tell me is "Call back next week and check". Seriously? Once I am on the account, that is not the end of the ordeal - from what I understand. Then I will have to send a notrized letter requesting withdrawl.  They state this is for "security". I wonder how long that letter will take to process. Never Never Never deposit your money with this company. If how they paractice is legal, they must be walking on the edge of legality.

Key Bank Management

I have received very poor customer service by the local management as well as the regional managers.  I was given misinformation about my home loan, and on one occassion inaccurate figures.  The local manager has been terrible at follow up service. I am surprised that Key Bank is still operating in Lambertville, Michigan. The worst overall experience with service and help I have ever recieved from a bank in my 30 years of using a bank.

Frustrating Customer Service Experience

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2012

I am just about pulling my hair out after trying to have a simple customer service question answered. I fought my way through the miserable website (which had issues loading several time) until I found a telephone number. That number led me to the dumbest computer loop conversations until I gave up and hit 0 for the operator. It then said, "I'll give you an operator, but first let me finish this sylilloque about how entering all the information makes life easy." The human was about as helpful as the machine. All she could do was tell me to visit a branch to ask my question there. Arrrg!!!

And don't even get me started on the nagging for "paperless" statements...

Tired Of Paying Fees

Posted by: aloham00n | Nov 16, 2011

Over the last 6 months at Key Bank, I was getting changed insane fees because I missed one transaction in their 5 transactions minimum policy, or I wanted an ATM card instead of a debit card, or worse an overdraft fee for being $2 shy when I was assured that I was set up with overdraft protection. I can’t even count how many times I had to call them to make sure they got my home address right, and time and time again they got it wrong. To top it all off, there customer service was extremely lacking. One woman even had the nerve to call me irresponsible when I went to close the accounts I had there (which there is yet another $25 fee to do for each account, which is actually cheaper to do then to stay there). Stay far away from this bank.  

Bad Banking Practice

Posted by: twlo2530 | Oct 30, 2011

I had a CD with Key Bank that matured in August. Weeks before the maturity date, I completed a form requesting that half the money be sent to another bank and half to remain in their bank.  They took slightly more than half to retain and let the other half sit in their bank for 2 months without forwarding it and without notifying me that there was a problem!  When the other bank contacted me to say they had not yet received the money, I called Key Bank and really had to jump thru hoops to get the money transferred.  First, they said the amount on the request form was off by a few dollars and needed correcting (they had not notified me of this). Then it still was not transferred, nor was I notified of a problem util I called.  They said I owed a penalty fee because the request was after the maturity date and I had to FAX them a letter agreeing to have the penalty fee subtracted from the amount transferred.  I was furious because the original request was well before the maturity date. I FAX'd them the requested letter (actually 2, because first they gave me the wrong amount of the "penalty").  The $65 penalty was an outrage and I told them so, but they were not going to forward my money until I agreed to pay it.  I have dealt with many banks over the years, but have never experienced such poor customer service!!!

Terrible Banking Practices

Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 30, 2011

I had a CD with Key Bank which matured in August. I notified them weeks ahead of time that I wanted to move half the money to another bank and keep half in their bank, converting it from a traditional to a Roth IRA. They took a larger share of the "half" for their bank. Then it took me 2 months to get the rest of the money transferred, and I would not have even known it if the OTHER bank did not notify me. When I called Key Bank they told me the amount on the request wasn't exactly right (by a few dollars). I corrected this. Then, a month later, I got a notice from the other bank that they still had not received the money. I called Key Bank and they said I owed a penalty fee because the final request was after the maturity date. They never bothered to notify me of any of these problems and the $65 penalty fee was an outrage. I have never had such difficult dealings with a bank before!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An Absolutely Horrible Mortgage Experience

Posted by: reviewer | Oct 16, 2011


Every week there were new forms to be signed and new documents to be provided - new hoops to jump through.  They provide a website to track the status of your loan - what documents you still need to get to them and what they still need to do before you can close.  I applied for the loan 7 weeks prior to the date I wanted to close.  I provided all requested documents promptly.  Four weeks after I had first applied and three weeks before I was supposed to close I called to inquire about the numerous red flags still showing up on the website.  Many of these flags were items I had provided weeks ago; others didn't make any sense; still others they had never even asked for.  The agent in their mortgage "service" center assured me that that would all get taken care of soon.  The loan should come out of processing any day now and when that happened the flags would all get cleared up.  He seemed quite irritated that I had even called to ask.  Two days before I was supposed to close I called him because I still didn't have final numbers.  He said it should be done "today".  One day before closing he called me to request yet another document and - in passing - mentioned a "small" issue with the home owner's association.  But, still it should be done "today".  3 hours after I was supposed to close the local mortgage specialist called me to tell me that there was an issue with the HOA and they needed a letter that the HOA was not providing to them.  Both she and the agent in their central mortgage service center were actively hostile when I put the blame on Key for the loan not closing on time - they had had 7+ weeks to get it done.  Both blamed the HOA, my Realtor, and the seller's Realtor for the delays.  I was especially upset at their refusal to take any of the blame because everytime I spoke with them I was assured that everything was fine and they always made it clear that I shouldn't have been bothering them with these concerns - the loan would close on time.




The issue with the HOA that was revealed 3 hours after the closing should have happened was with the delinquency rate on HOA fees; it required an exception through Fannie Mae to get the loan approved and that would cost me $200.  In addition to costing an extra $200, it was also going to take at least a week to get the exception.  I was very upset about this because everytime I asked about the status of the loan I was assured everything was on track - right up until the closing time came and went without closing!  She informed me that I didn't have to go for the exception; of course if I didn't the loan was declined.  In my mind that's really not a choice.  Just like when your computer crashes and says I've lost your data, press OK.  No, it's not OK, but I don't have any other choice!!  She refused to acknowledge that the "choice" she was giving me was really no choice at all.  The only good thing I have to say about Key comes here - the exception got approved very quickly.  They turned it around in less than 1 business day!  But, from what I've seen of their business practices at the last possible moment is the only way they do things so I guess they've gotten quite good at it!




I could go on and on and list the numerous other things that they got wrong throughout the process, but I hope by now I've convinced you to take your business elsewhere.  Their fees were lower than other lenders, but you get what you pay for.  And many of the fees they advertised at the start of the process ended up being much higher in the end (those are the numerous other things I could go on and on about; suffice it to say the "surprises" added up to about $700 in extra fees by the end). I'll never get another mortgage through them; not even if they paid me!


Beware Of Prepayment Penalty And Poor Customer Service !!!

Posted by: uma | Sep 23, 2011

We had been with Key Bank for some years now, but we closed our account this week because of poor customer service and the prepayment penalty clause which was not disclosed to us verbally on a commercial loan. Also the loan was not set up to receive the 1098 automatically even though it was a mortgage loan. It is very hard to get issues resolved in a timely manner. It takes sveral phone calls and emails for every small thing. If you do business with Key Bank, please be sure to read everything, as the most important things are not disclosed verbally at the time of closing.

Annoying Practices And Not Small Business Friendly

Posted by: gblume | Sep 6, 2011

I have banked with Key Bank for almost 20 years and have found them to be mediocre at best and recently to have gotten signiificantly worse.  As other reviewers of this bank have noted, they have one of the worst and most arbitrary policies regarding funds availability of any bank.  None of their funds availability policies make any sense, and appear to be determined by who you are talking to.  I was closing on a house and had a cashiers check for $100,000 from another bank, which Key Bank said would take 4 days to become available.  The issuing bank told me it should be hours, or at the most 1 day, and said "no bank in the country will hold this over 1 day."  Recently, I brought in a check for $4500 from a mutual fund company with well over $15,000,000,000 in assets.  The Key Bank clerk fumbled around and then gave me a written notice that the funds would be available in 4 business days.

Even worse, they claim to be small business friendly.  Guess again.  After giving a detailed business plan to three business bankers at Key Bank to get a loan to expand my business, including to Key Bank's head of SBA loans in my region, and being told by all three that this was "the best proposal I've seen in a year,"  Key Bank corporate turned it down totally.  I guess, like many banks, they had better things to do with TARP funds then invest it in the expansion of small businesses, including on a proposal that was felt to be "the best in a year" by three of their own business bankers.  None of these three bankers would discuss Key Bank's decision with me (I guess because they were so embarrased by what they had said).  I have a friend who was a senior VP at Key Bank who left them and told me it was the best decision of his life to get out of Key Bank.

Like many national banks, Key Bank is beaurocratic, inefficient, unfriendly, arbitrary, and not conducive to consumers or small business.  Find a different bank.  Maybe companies like this partly explain why the US economy is falling behind. 


Key Banks Future

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 1, 2011

Seems Key has lost touch with its customers. I guess the days of society bank have faded. The decreasing deposits have not sent a message to management that people want to feel like a client, not a cog. In my view, the bank management is grooming the bank for a takeover that will be very profitable for them but not the bank's deposit clients.

Key Bank Service Fee

Posted by: bapter | Jul 6, 2011

In June 2011, Key Bank began charging a $5 service fee for accounts that do not make at least 5 transactions per month. I was not aware of this change as it was posted in small print on their statement and I do not read that. I maintained two accts at their bank for many years- one main checking acct for all my business where I kept an average balance of $3,000 and a second POA acct for my daughter. The one for my daughter was hardly used. In June, I saw that I was charged a $5 fee on that acct. I called the bank to inquire and I asked that they waive the fee as I was unaware of the change and I was a good customer for so many years. I spoke to a number of customer service people, including a manager and they refused to waive the fee.

I have never experienced such poor customer service at any other bank or institution. I do not recommend doing business with them.

Not The Best

Posted by: NicoleS | Apr 21, 2011

As with all large banks, Key gives you the feeling of being a cog in the wheel. They charge for being the keeper of your account, and fees are numerous, even for those who are in good standing. Their new buildings go up left and right, and there is no feeling that they give back to the communities they are servicing. My advise: go with a small local bank or a credit union.

Horrible Service

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 27, 2011

I have gotten horrible service from this bank. Not only in the branch itself, but also from a lot of the customer service reps in the call centers. I have been lied to constantly and nobody can ever get their facts straight. I have yet to have 2 people give me the same information, and every time I ask for something they say there is nothing they can do to help me. This morning was the last straw. Monday morning I am going down to close my account. I haven't been treated this poorly by a bank and Chase was pretty awful after they bought out Washington Mutual.

A Banking Adventure - Key Bank

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 13, 2011

This is honestly the worst banking institution I have ever dealt with.

Example: When I opened my account, I opened a checking account which was then used to fund a CD. But somehow they transferred the money to the CD before my account balance was available and they charged me an overdraft fee!!

Any simple activity or transaction takes on a whole new sense of adventure. They don't seem to have the most basic banking processes down pat.

Again when closing the account, I went into the branch and asked to close the account. They withdrew the balance and said the account would be closed. Two weeks later I get a statement in the mail, with a negative balance because the account is still open and they have charged me an account maintenance fee.

Ridiculous incompetence. I will never bank with them again no matter what interest rates they offer.

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