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Credit Suisse Reviews in London, England

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,445 Reviews
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 161 reviews)

  • There may be opportunities to work in other countries through internal mobility for those interested (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • long hours, which made it difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 64 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK for certain personality types

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Very slow to react and change, senior leadership disconnected from staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clearer defined advancement opportunities, foster more open internal communication channels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing atmosphere yet poor interview

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Credit Suisse is the kind of place that everyone is able to ask questions and interact with the higher ups without an issue.
    There is plenty of opportunity to learn and gain a greater insight

    Cons

    Interviewers are poor. There is no consistency and no real formula for creating fair and efficient interview environments which is unfortunate,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nicest people you will meet on the street, emphasis on diversity

    Cons

    Inferiority complex, internally chaotic, a lot of ex Goldmans and Morgan Stanleys

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting, well paid, work; poor work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in this department are on the whole very friendly, management were very encouraging and always on hand to help.
    The work was generally interesting and challenging, with plenty of responsibilities given to interns.
    The set up of the internship was well organised.
    Excellent benefits - good salary, food, gym etc.
    Opportunities outside of work for socialising, sport etc.
    Careers progression seems to be fairly quick.

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor, and this was in the 'quiet' summer period. Staff commonly worked 12 hour shifts or more.
    Other interns seemed to have (perhaps self imposed) pressure to complete deadlines that resulted in nights and weekends spent in the office.
    A lot of employees (especially younger ones) seem to be there purely for the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on productivity and the amount of work done rather than purely hours spent in the office.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits package but too many chiefs and lots of politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent philanthropic program as well as lots of networks and societies to join. Majority of staff are very welcoming and friendly.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and some management are very unfriendly, they will not even acknowledge you unless you have a title which is very frustrating. Promotions are scarce and you have to play the game. Working hours can be long and there is still a stigma if you leave before 6. Pay rises and bonuses are seldom seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change attitudes towards flexible working arrangements and better work life balance.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Spring IBD Intern programme

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Spring IBD Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Spring IBD Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great presentation skills exercise
    - Networking events
    - Trading game

    Cons

    - Lack of 'real' work
    - Interpersonal skill emphasis was too great
    - Lack of role rotation (to shadow/see both equities and fixed income is impossible).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire individuals with intuitive ability rather than individuals with textbook knowledge.
    The firm seems to operate on a basis of meaningless small talk, similar to RBS in the sense that a few individuals pretend to know what they are talking about, the interview process should be more thorough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Suisse ENO in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit Suisse ENO in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good people. Not too much pressure. Work ethics are there

    Cons

    Salary and bonus are very bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good to start but toxic at end

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with some really smart people.

    Cons

    Toxic environment in banking with very little possibility to make positive contributions. People with little integrity being successful over those with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Investment bank focuses alot on control

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility to work, internal mobility

    Cons

    Bad pay rise and overall compensation (including bonuses)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase mobility and give employees opportunity to develop skills and promote them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Going through a massive change... If the market improve then should start making money again.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent people around the globe. Working environment getting better and moving to 'smart working' for more people. If the markets improve might start making money and ease the restrictions on pay and bonuses.

    Cons

    Can be very hierarchical and political. IT processes can be very slow to adapt and change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to us....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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