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Credit Suisse Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,264 Reviews

3.4
1,264 Reviews
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
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560 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 140 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great if you are new college grad, good training opportunities (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • One thing that was a con for Credit Suisse was the long hours that I was required to work (in 60 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not ideal for IT/CS professionals who are looking for career and growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros

    Used to have a good benefits but things are going south very fast as company cut the 401k matching contributions by half recently and also saw similar cuts on various perks including travel, .

    If you are in NYC working for a trader and provided he tops up your IT bonus every year, then things are better for you.

    Cons

    No long term career growth prospects for IT professionals esp. if you are not working in NYC.

    No work life balance

    Management has no regard or value for good technical IT engineers and therefore if you are relying on your technical skills for growth/promotion in this firm then you are heading for a big disappointment. There is no clear growth path for technology skilled employees.

    Management rarely appreciates individual contribution. In my 10 years of career I hardly had 1 lunch outing with team where I did not pay for my meals.

    Too many managers and too less contributors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible from an IT standpoint

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good Pay, great location, nice building (on the outside)

    Cons

    Middle Managers not that great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Few opportunities in legal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY

    Pros

    Work/life balance was very good, colleagues are generally collegial and cooperative.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market and the legal department relies very heavily on secondees and temps. Major push to move jobs to Raleigh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good place with many obstacles

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    - salary is pretty good but not much room for negotiation
    - on-site gym is amazing, nap-room for pregnant ladies is a great pro
    - mentorship available and taken seriously

    Cons

    - not much room to grow within company, internal mobility exists but it's much easier on parallel level and across departments may be hard
    - one doesn't get much constructive feedback on their ongoing performance (yes, there are formal reviews) - seems like ppl are afraid to speak their mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - recognize and promote talent by actually listening to people of all levels not just your immediate reports
    - so much internal politics can be stifling to growth and retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive learning experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Less intense atmosphere. Opportunities to learn transferable skills.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to progress and advance.

  7.  

    Used to be great; now it's not so much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    You get exposure to a global firm.
    Depending on what group you're in, you work with some highly talented and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Management and company culture is not the same as it was a few years ago.
    Certain departments are bloated.
    Some inefficient processes, dependent on department.
    Lagging technology.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people, very myopic management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good work/life balance by Wall Street standards. Culture is reasonable and people are reasonably friendly. Okay compensation.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic and inflexible, especially anything involving Information Technology. Management usually has only myopic goals, since management at all but the very highest levels gets cycled through very quickly (while I was there MDs typically lasted ~2 years before being fired). Unfortunately, when an MD is let go, typically almost everyone underneath that MD is kicked out as well.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I feel very neutral about my experience her. Did learn a lot, but the bureaucracy is not for me.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great overall culture, great teams, nice people, has philanthropy day.

    Cons

    Undergoing construction so the firm and two buildings seem to be unorganized and confusing as to where the firm will end up. Major bureaucracy here as well.

  10.  

    Overall positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Culture; People are smart and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Focus on KPI's and cost efficiency. Constant job reductions make for a stressful environment and morale is not very good. Very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    AVP infra

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Infra  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Infra in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    working hours and less meeting

    Cons

    less chance for WFH and mostly evening and weekend work, so no work / life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look outside those Director cabin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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