Credit Suisse Reviews in London, England

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,334 Reviews
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
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Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 154 reviews)

  • If you are full time good benefits for contract no so much but overall good fun, and good cafeteria (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 80 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to learn about the business. IT teams are very strong and plenty of multi year businesses.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lot of bright people in the company and good ideas in IT. This is place if you are interested in learning about the business and IT in one go.

    Cons

    Management think very narrowly. Most teams have a lot of contractors and perm staff do not get the bonus as per market conditions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A decade of interesting work with highly qualified and friendly colleagues

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

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The bank has a good name, well known globally. The people are good - made many friends here and you notice that a lot of people stay for a long time. This is not inertia, or "time-serving" as it is a highly competitive industry and many of the long-service people are in very senior roles.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic sometimes and can be slow to get things done or changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you too were VPs and directors once, so listen to them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great brand and culture.

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

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

    Pros

    A supportive environment that fosters personal/professional development. Work-life balance is attainable depending on your role and which area of the business you work in.

    Cons

    Although a highly supportive culture, one sometimes has to push for sponsorship due to pockets of politics (like you get pretty much every where).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Relaxed atmosphere with some nice people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Latest technology, some smart people, working from home policy

    Cons

    Contractor churn, staff turnover is high due to cost cutting. No continuity of staff in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage continuity of staff and invest rather than seeking to cut costs. Cost cutting is false economy by moving to "low-cost" centers. Knowedge of the CS environment is walking out the door on a regular basis and costing you money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Insightful

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice offices located in the Canary Wharf district. Good working environment. Spring week featured many workshops and opportunities to meet industry players

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in recruiting process. Who gets what is unclear, especially at the more junior levels. Training is a little rushed at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company- wrong timing

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

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

    Pros

    Intern program is well organised by HR, salary good as well. Smart, hardworking people. Very professional. Was allocated a senior mentor who was helpful. You get to sit with some other teams for a day so it gives a good overview. Good food.

    Cons

    Atmosphere was not that great in the team I was placed in, as they had just fired most of the team, and by some it was taken out on me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be better not to place interns in teams that have been decimated as it does not help with integrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great expierence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    shorten:
    great time
    great work life balance
    traning on the job and off the job
    salary is above average

    Cons

    carrer oppurtionietes ones your in
    no real benefits like other banks
    no bonus for the year 2014

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good culture in a difficult environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Senior management reasonable, trying to manage the business in a difficult environment where tough personnel decisions have to be taken on an almost daily basis. Management is generally visible and available for discussion. HR is trying hard to instill a culture of rewards that are of non-financial nature which is difficult to push through in a banking environment.

    Cons

    Cost containment measures a major on-going focus, which can be dispiriting. Below-average comp. Regulation is a very heavy burden for investment banks, and CS is no exception. Over time, this has changed the type of person that works in an investment bank (not just at CS), such that the work environment is now less thrilling or intellectually satisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is there any way to shrink the back office such that the money saved can go to better reward those employees that actually bring in the money?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Incredible working environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Worked as an intern in the CFO department, at 21 was offered a graduate program that would have been £36,000 p/a in 2012. The working environment was modern, people were fairly relaxed and the gym in the basement of their canary wharf office is by far the best gym I've ever been a member of!

    Cons

    As I was in the CFO department, lots of the work was process focused with very little, if any, challenging work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard work but good potential to progress within the company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent package and upward mobility

    Cons

    Long hour culture, poor work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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