East NCYank, If you're an employee, you know the 2% of total salary expense is a gross figure that will divvied up based on performance and hitting personal goals with best performers getting more and those who missed goals getting 0,not an un-american concept. As a shareholder I like the notion of pay based on performance. I also like the fact 401(k) plans hold BB&T shares... should make everyone think like S/H since they are one...and put customers first, since they are the real ones who pay your salary and our dividends, not the bank.
If you're a long term employee as you say, you've also done pretty well with BB&T stock appreciation over the years.
Finally, thanks to you and the other BB&Ters...take care of "our" customers and let's not end up like FTU/WB and others who forget why they exist.