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Updated Jun 12, 2014
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Citi CEO Michael Corbat

Michael Corbat

(25 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsBenefits;
    Clean;
    Has lift to top floor;
    Showers in office;
    Allowed to quit;
    Not prison

    ConsLow Morale;
    Low Skills;
    Inexperienced Uneducated Management;
    No training;
    No perks

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome knowledgeable in what you're paid to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good graduates will leave...

    Senior Analyst, Operations (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsLarge mutltinational corporation/multicultural so diversified in it's employee intake.

    ConsFew opportunities for graduates in the long-run if recruited via a non-graduate management programme; difficult to move into parallel project roles despite having the skills (analytical etc.) /intellectual rigour;

    In a nutshell;

    ~ Senior management could not care less what goes on downstream as long as it is not affecting their power grip on the organization and end-of-year bonus;
    ~ Middle management are clueless, the majority are without formal education (professional or otherwise), preferring to hang around their peers with whom they have formed industry bonds (and feel comfortable) whilst maintaining the status-quo;
    ~ At lower levels, mediocre staff (majority school leavers in Back/Office/Ops) who have been allowed to stay on for years but escape redundancy because judged too expensive to get the sack (although that trend is slowly phasing with offshoring to India).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGraduates that are educated and smart will not stay without decent career prospects, 3-4 years is the maximum time one can spend in a firm without promotion/pay rise. BAU becomes unbearable after a while and so does shift work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great in the past not so great now

    Middle Office (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsIts a huge company so you get lots of mobility. The company has one of the most diverse workforce's in the world. Whilst base is generally under market they can flex the bonus pot to your advantage to ensure overall comp keeps up (in a good year)

    ConsVERY Long hours. overall performance of the firm really impacts comp. HR dept is poor in supporting staff. If you have Lehman's on your CV you seem to do well at the expense of harder working employees. Very much a blame culture and not very collaborative to get the job done. Its all about dodging the buses people are trying to throw each other under.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at long time staff who are leaving and understand why that is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dysfunctional

    Business Unit Manager (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsTop tier bank in fixed income
    Support functions have a culture of working short hours

    ConsDysfunctional systems and processes that have grown over time
    Nothing works
    Inability to get anything changed
    Huge cottage industries have built up in support groups such as finance, ops, expense management etc

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the money being wasted paying for ineffective support groups

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its bad in here.

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsYou are in a banking domain

    ConsLife is miserable if you do not have good network.

    They recruit for a role of C13 and congratulate you with an offer. Later you see that they offer you a C12.

    There is no drive for internal employees. The internal employees will work more number of years to see that someone lesser able with less experience are hired at a more greater pay.

    If you have left the job at this company and you have shared your mobile number then they will call and haunt you and bug you with (how to do this and how to do that).
    People leave and contractors are hired. Contractors leave and new bunch of contractors are hired.

    It is funny to know that few contractors are working for more than 3 years. The amount of money spent on a contractor is 3-4 times paid to a citi employee yet neither citi employee is given a hike nor the contractor is made permanent.

    Similar projects are repeated in the project / product life cycle. An entire project gets delivered in say Java. Later the same would get delivered in .NET. (The reasons given are funny like improved look and feel or new features)

    I have seen projects where there are 4-6 managers and 2-3 developers working on a project. Each manager has a different meeting scheduled for each developer. The developer has no time to develop and busy in meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts useless to give advice as it would back fire on you. (Its no good to write against anyone in appraisal reviews as they would get to know who has written what)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Trade Service Professional (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFast Paced. In contact with different industries. The satisfaction of delivering a high quality client service that citi prides itself in.

    ConsRivalry and miscommunication. Management never honest and direct. Unneccessary stress and blaming in the team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do not go there! The most inefficient place ever...

    Developer (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsNone. I actually felt I went back 5/6 years in my career.

    Cons-Worst management ever seen in my career. People were completely careless about the quality of the software being delivered
    -Worst ever procedures and processes. The tools used were obsolete and cumbersome. The processes were horrendously inefficient and time-consuming.
    -NO enthusiasm in the team.
    -No willingness to improve in any aspect. Although management was told how to change processes and procedures, they did not care at all.
    .......

    Advice to Senior Management- Put more passion on your job otherwise do something else and stop wasting peoples time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Citi UK Technology Infrastructure - Dreadful

    Technical Specialist (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsOnly reason is exposure to Enterprise technology.

    ConsTerrible performance appraisal system - jobs for the boys
    Appalling Managers (some) who would be sacked anywhere else are left to run teams into the ground.
    Revolting facilities in Lewisham for technology staff (due to move back to Canary Wharf in fairness.
    Little or no reward or recognition for hard work unless you are an A class self-promoter prepared to stab your colleagues in the back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the old school dinosaurs that are ruining your organisation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Think twice before joining

    Senior Developer (Former Employee)
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    Prosdecent salary, investment banking domain

    Consnon-transperent appraisal system, lot of politics, bureaucracy, unnecessary management hierarchy, lack of accontability. When things are goign well bosses want to take credit but moment something goes wrong blame game begins to find convenient targets.

    Advice to Senior Managementreview the current organisation structure. Get transperency and accountablity culture. Non technical staff in IT needs to be given pink slip !!!

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    Life at Citi

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent work colleagues, bonuses are at the lower end of the City pay scale

    ConsBecame too US centric after 2008

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a settled management structure that people can thrive in

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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