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DBS Bank Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
219 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance seems to depend on the individual (in 12 reviews)

  • good benefits, yearly allowances to visit attraction/gym (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There was not a lot of work life balance and the hour were very long (in 23 reviews)

  • No work life balance & long working hours (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at DBS Bank full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    people generally are nice. but seems standoffish due to the culture. Top management and CEO seems to have good view and values as to the direction of the bank.

    Cons

    most banks have many systems to toggle between for BAU. but it is my honest opinion that DBS takes the crown for the most number of system that serves at most 2 purpose each. i need 17 systems for bau.. all on a 15 inch laptop.
    strong top management, weak mid management and unbalance ground staff. initiatives from top management makes sense and seems genuine in creating a good workplace and dependable bank. however, mid management either lack that foresight or are too busy in proving themselves that initiatives being cascaded down with very little effort in thoughts for the people on the ground. a team setup for a certain purpose is quickly overlooked about its objectives and overloaded due to poor management and planning.
    too many grey areas, archaic processes and systems. management too concern with pushing issues away and hover along the grey areas rather than embrace changes and acknowledge that its for the greater good to see every department as 1 bank rather than separate units.
    mid management are too busy with proving themselves and giving results with no concern to staff. they take everything on and just throw it downwards with no deep understanding on how they want things to work. they only want to see the end results. when feedback on said issues, they only know how to ask for numbers and stats. extremely narrow minded.
    lots of trainings and lofty ideas but none ive attended shows true reflection of management understanding what the real life is on the ground. when issues are brought up during trainings, trainers shrug and say speak to your manager. when you speak to your manager, they tell you not to get them in trouble. sure, CEO had invited people to contact him directly. but how many people are willing to disregard their livelihood and perhaps managers with good working relationships and contact the CEO directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Q12 results - as far as i know, bad results are genuine but some good results were being threaten out of. your questions are ambiguous and does not reflect its true intent. most people do blindly as they find no meaning to the survey. you have failed in this.
    get your top management closer to the floor and find out what life is really like. take a leaf out of the show undercover boss. speak to ground staff and their immediate managers bypassing the mid management. interview them and ensure immunity during the interview. your goals of change and innovation and joyful banking should start from there.
    its great to be showing 17 quarters of growth and improvement... but do you know at what cost?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Back Office in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Back Office in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at DBS Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of any. I am looking for job opportunities

    Cons

    Have been with DBS Bank for several years now. The culture is not healthy, everybody is trying to claim credit right from the top. CEO wants every department to win awards to show to the world that the bank is great! CEO claims credit for all the things that worked well, but forgot about all those glitches of the ATMs and blamed on the previous leaders prior to him. Very Citibank centric, he brings ex-citibankers and they form cliques!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that Citibank is the best! If Citibank is so good, why did you guys moved to DBS????

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    >.< |||

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at DBS Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, yearly allowances to visit attraction/gym

    Cons

    long working hours no work life balance

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

    Work is meaningful !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (South Africa)

    I have been working at DBS Bank as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisor is extremely helpful, friendly, and ready to share all kinds of advice and skills. very patient as well.
    People in the company are hardworking, and seem enthusiastic and happy about their jobs.
    Work Life balance seems to depend on the individual
    Talks and trainings provided?
    People from the other markets are very friendly.

    Cons

    Company values seem too abstract and hard to remember. Not sure if people live by it as well.
    Am an intern so don't know much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interns dont do anything

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Summer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at DBS Bank as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most staff are generally friendly and polite. Occasional company celebrations. Unfortunately I do not have much more to say for pros than that.

    Cons

    As an intern I worked 9-6. However my only "work" done was stapling papers. Supervisors and managers were unresponsive when I asked for more challenging tasks and HR did not help at all. Pay is almost negligible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to use your interns wisely. Even if you're paying them a little, it's still money wasted if they're doing menial tasks. This method of internship will not appeal to your interns in wanting to return full time.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at DBS Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The salary is approximately higher than the competitor. However, incremental is extremely low

    Cons

    I have been working in the bank for more than a year and i find their management policy very chaotic.

    There's no work life balance. Everyone has to work till 9 pm everyday and the chance for promotion is limited.

    People here always promote their diversity of trainings but indeed there's no time for staff to attend any of the trainings.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Asian command style. Management carrer oriented. Non frienldly atmothphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at DBS Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    if you are accept command style.

    Cons

    no personal life - only long hours to work under the pressure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Don't be contract staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Staff in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Contract Staff in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at DBS Bank as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to know a lot of friends

    Cons

    What the perm staff don't like to do we will do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How much you say also no action taken so don't bother

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Totally unsatisfied with the work environment and people in IT department.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DBS Bank as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Considering it is an Asian bank chances are very less that there will be a significant impact of recession and that means job is more secured than in other banks.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism.
    Discrimination between permanent staff and contractors.
    Many employees have eagerness to learn and improve. Moreover they try to hinder your work also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to identify non-performing permanent staff and ensure no discrimination to contractors by leads/managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    disappointing work culture for such an established company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at DBS Bank full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    nothing positive yet to mention

    Cons

    no proper training for newbies - expect you to learn everything on the job nevermind, but dont even have a proper knowledge database to refer to

    things get done at a snail pace - request for proper equipment, access can take more than a month

    management frowns if you leave on the dot - even interns work up to more than 12 hours a day, work life balance my foot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pls make everyone go home on the dot unless there really is an emergency, management culture is to stay back as late as you can to finish up as much as possible. this is really due to bad planning or unwillingness to hire. no wonder the turnover rate is very high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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