Credit Suisse
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www.credit-suisse.com/careers Zurich, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan

Brady W. Dougan

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An organisation that sits back on its core businesses like AES and does little to inovate. Very top heavy organisation

Quantitative Trader (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPay is reasonable
Good restaurant
Allow IT to work closely with the business

ConsPoor technology
Too much politics
Top heavy, many directors, hiding in roles
Lack of consistent view of how the business should be run

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

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Soul killing experience of the worst kind

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Credit Suisse full-time for more than a year

ProsLondon as a location was OK to live for a while.

ConsOh my god 'politics' everywhere! No-cooperation between teams, everyone is just looking out for themselves.

People in management position seem to arrive at those because they were better at elbowing others out of their way.

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

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Poor culture in London M&A

Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Credit Suisse full-time for less than a year

ProsWas a good name in 2008/09

ConsNobody i met from the bank was a happy person. Most hated the bank. Very ill culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire people with bad management skills and no social skills.

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

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Disappointing lack of interest

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

I worked at Credit Suisse full-time for more than a year

ProsNetworking opportunities, although limited
Subsidized gym on-site, although shared with Barclays
Can't really think of any other pro, I don't believe there were any

ConsWaste of time. The project I was working on was a major waste of everybody's time, mainly because senior management wouldn't commit and lend a helping hand when diverging interests have arisen. Ultimately everybody would just pretend to be working, which is an even bigger waste of time...

Advice to Senior ManagementWorking on projects destined to be canned is extremely demotivational. Better speak-up, admit the uselessness of the project, brainstorm better options, pursue them with belief.
Stop politicking away from once useful projects gone bad: "I don't care how the project's really going, I'm not going to lend a helping hand, I'm just hoping I'll manage to switch it by the end of the year. In the meantime, I'll just waste everybody's time by not being decisive enough on any issue at hand!"

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

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In general good, but poor leadership

Director (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Credit Suisse

Prosgood compensation and bonus, a company well respected in the market with some good guys working there with with real ability

Consvery swiss centric on certain areas and with little growth for people outside of the perceived banking markets, week middle management and little leadership

Advice to Senior Managementimprove the quality of the middle management, empower teams and staff to make decisions invest in people dont just say you are doing it actually do it

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'Credit Sweat'

IT Assistant Vice-President (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Credit Suisse

ProsGood to work for in terms of use of latest technology (relative to other investment banks). Lots of HR initiatives about career development (great if you have time for such things)

ConsCulture of pressenteism - very long hours and patchy project management. Every day brings panic about 'urgent' requirements. Change management means hideous amounts of red-tape where you have to spell out in microscopic detail how to deploy your software, usually outside of work hours because the operations team are in a different time zone. Development teams operate in silos and communication between teams is passively hostile, which I put down to a combination overwork and the competitive culture that has infested the place... Canary Wharf can be a pain to commute to - Jubilee line breaks down all the time, and then the DLR gets overloaded. There are now too many people working in the area generally for the transport system to cope with...

Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about the lack of work life balance in IT - Hire more people, or at least replace the ones leaving. Allow people to work from home... Some people in management roles are agressive and clueless about what motivates people they work with. The company should keep up the investment in new technologies... Managment should try and foster a collabrative culture...

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Okay Place to work if you are not ambitious

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Credit Suisse

ProsGood benefits
Good reputation, look nice on CV
Competent Top Management
Good treatment if you are parents (family friendly)

ConsWeak mid/senior managers who lack good judgement - the managers just try to fit themselves in the loudest group. They did nothing to stop unprofessional behaviours.
Poor communication
Incompetent staff still get the promotion, poor quality of staff overall probably due to the unfair promotion structure. Same corporate tile in the same profession/department in other banks are much more presentable.
Management lack ability to spot talent.
Still lack of transperancy in terms of pay and promotion criteria

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people rather than your mid senor managers or HR.

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The promise does not live up to the expectation, even though it has some great people.

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

I worked at Credit Suisse

ProsWhen working for a good boss, I quickly gained respect, autonomy and recognition when I delivered. The company has a lot of respect in the industry and the addition of Credit Suisse on your CV certainly opens doors

ConsI had about 5 bosses within one year, some were terrible, protectionist and very political. I was used and abused!
The work life balance was pretty poor especially working on projects with senior US counter-parts, they seemed to expect 24 hour availablity.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the endless re-organistion, give credit and respect for those who deliver and work hard. Not those who focus on perception, postioning and senior back slapping.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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