Lame Service: ICICI Bank — If You Make The Customer Wait Long Enough They Will Leave; For Good

by Vinaya HS on October 8, 2007

in Business & Management

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I walked into the Jayanagar branch of ICICI Bank and was greeted by a wall-mounted primitive-artificial-intelligence-capable monolith device. This device has 15 buttons in total; 6 rows with 2 buttons each and 1 row with 3 buttons, all with textual inscriptions in a tiny-sized font.

As a customer, you are required to press a sequence of two buttons corresponding to the task you want to accomplish after which out comes a piece of paper with a cryptic token number. If you want to accomplish multiple tasks, you have to repeat the above sequence for every task, thereby ending up with multiple cryptic token numbers.

If you’re encountering this device for the first time, you’re guaranteed to be bewildered. There are so many choices to read and select. Before you can scream out “WTF mate!” you discover that one guy has been employed just to help you press the correct buttons. Heights of [un]employment!

When your token gets picked for service (as displayed by a wall-mounted beeping monitor) depends on your karma. As one customer found out, though he came in at 08:29 AM his token was not picked even at 10:00 AM! I got my token at 09:47 AM, hung around till 10:15 AM, and then walked out. All I wanted to do was close a savings account. And good luck to you if you have multiple tokens!

Reminds me of that ICICI Bank advertisement “Hum Hain Naa?” (We are there for you right?)

My response: Isliye? (For this?)

On the other hand, ICICI Bank’s raising truckloads of money. For what? What do you think?




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Anoop October 8, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Whoa!!…from past few days and blogs of urs show that its only been “Lame ad Lame marketting Lame etc etc”,truth be told and after observing you through ur blogs..you have perfectly learnt the art of management..here in Singapore I work with people from UK & my manager is from UK as well, he told me that “If you err is human but to blame is management potential” haha..Suddenly it stuck me to see and applying the same to daily life(entertainment).. Football management is a blame game..haha :). You lose you blame..management is same everywhere..haha :-)

Subramaniam October 13, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Hi

I’m another exasperated customer of ICICI Bank

I’ve placed instructions, with one of the RMs at ICICI, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates to invest my funds into the IOIF Mutual funds of ICICI, some 20 days ago (approx ) and till date I have NOT even received the contract note !!

I am totally un clear on

(a) whether the funds were invested ?

(b) If so at what NAV etc …

In the meanwhile the Indian Market has been moving up rather fast !!

My repeated calls to the concerned RM at ICICI, Abu Dhabi have been met with polite replies like “…everything is fine..”, “…you will soon get a reply..” and so on, though NOTHING has happened ..

Do any of you know the Chief of ICICI’s international operations ?

I wish to register a complaint … or at least track my funds

Any help from the board members / blog readers would be appreciated

Regards
Subramaniam

Anonymous August 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Dear Subramaniam,

Can you please provide the cell number of the RM’s of ICICI Abu Dhabi as I have also some queries.

Regards,

Bijit

Vikas Dua February 5, 2009 at 10:29 PM

I am also frustrated with ICICI Bank customer service, but cannot do anything as I have NRI account.

I see so many customers frustrated and was wondering if we can get together and take some action? Contact me duavikas@gmail.com if you are interested.

mohammed mainuddin April 28, 2009 at 3:37 AM

sir u can send me your full addeass in abu dhabi ,icici bank
i want to no ;u help me plz.thanx,

Shivaji June 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM

You can contact vivek.ramachandran@icicibank.com or +971 506680975 or +971 02-4179822. He is the Head of Abu Dhabi ICICI Office. Best, Shivaji

SHRIKANT June 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

DEAR SIR

PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO OPEN DEMAT ACCOUNT IN ICICI BANK. AS I AM NRI AND HAVING A PHYSICAL SHARE OF FEW COMPANY HOW I CONVERT /SELL.
PLEASE ADVISE ME.
BEST REGARDS.
SHRIKANT

Sean September 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Hi! I too am a customer who is totally unsatisfied with ICICI.
Dont know how they claim to be one of the best banks in India.
In the modern world of internet banking I was suprised to find that they have different
branches for diffrent services.
Being an NRI one cannot go to various brances for different service like DEMAT,
SAVINGS, FD , MF to different branches..I wasted a couple of days just to try to get
my new password as I had forgotten the old one.
Also most of the guys are salesemen trying to force you to buy a product and they will
not tell you the bad side of the product…only the good side. Why keep a customer in the dark…so that when he finds that he was bluffed …will ofcourse not come back to you and will tell his friends of the bad experiences …and ofcourse who will be the LOSER IN THE LONG RUN….ICICI.

PALRAJ VINCENT December 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I would like to open a Demat account with ICICI Bank .for enquiery you can call me any time on my mobile # 050-8346934,Phone # 02-8861056 I am egarly waiting for your call.
Thanks.

Vincent Paulraj
Abu Dhabi

mohammad mushtaque December 28, 2009 at 4:09 PM

plz. send to me icici branch (address & contact no.) in abu dhabi .

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mohammad feroz September 3, 2010 at 10:56 PM

DEAR SIR

PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO OPEN DEMAT ACCOUNT IN ICICI BANK. AS I AM NRI AND HAVING A PHYSICAL SHARE OF FEW COMPANY HOW I CONVERT /SELL.
PLEASE ADVISE ME.
BEST REGARDS.

mohammad feroz
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sebastian joseph November 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

please send me the address of bank

santhanaraj June 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

can i apply for net banking in abudabi branch office and change of address

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