Wells Fargo says it will cut as many as 26,500 jobs in the next 3 years

Wells Fargo said on Thursday it would cut its staff by about 5% to 10% within the next three years.

The third biggest US bank has 265,000 employees, meaning the cuts would encompass as much as 26,500 people.

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Wells Fargo & Co.: 8,465 complaints

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Bank of America Corp.: 8,069

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (includes Chase Bank): 7,747

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Citigroup Inc. (includes Citibank): 6,600

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U.S. Bancorp (includes U.S. Bank): 2,338

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PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (includes PNC Bank): 1,374

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SunTrust Banks Inc.: 1,159

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Citizens Financial Group Inc. (includes Citizens Bank): 782 

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Fifth Third Bancorp (includes Fifth Third Bank): 698 

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BB&T Corp.: 680 

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Wells have been hit with a range of problems over the last several years, beginning with the fake-accounts scandal in 2016, when the firm said employees had opened millions of customer accounts without their consent in order to meet sales targets. The revelation forced the resignation of CEO John Stumpf. His replacement, Tim Sloan, has been battling to overcome the scandal and a series of subsequent issues.

On Wednesday, the bank denied a report that its board of directors had been reaching out to CEO candidates to replace Sloan.

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