Royal Bank of Scotland

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Royal Bank of Scotland Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
788 Reviews
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Royal Bank of Scotland Group Chief Executive Ross McEwan
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Pros
  • Potential to give excellent working oppurtunities and help main the work-life balance (in 194 reviews)

  • I found the work environment to be very friendly and encouraging (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance used to be good here but now it's extremely demanding (in 19 reviews)

  • Senior management never follows thru with ideas or current business plan (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    A rollercoaster

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    Current Employee - Implementation/Training Leader in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Implementation/Training Leader in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting time during my awful training session to apply for jobs

    Cons

    Personal growth has been diminished with underpayment and redundancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you believe someone to be an Subject Matter Expert (SME), take their advice instead of treating the business like a game of chess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Haven't got rid of the old wood

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    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people, work from home

    Cons

    Bad behaviours are not called, peoples own agenda not what is best for RBS, bonus round is really important for most people even though they are bankrupt ( UK govt had to barrel them out). A culture of keeping people in their boxes - worked in HR and painful lengths of process and their is no team work - old school HR I think the average service of the HR exec is 18yrs need new blood with lean thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move on your HR exec team! Nothing will change while they are around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Caveat emptor

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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 Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    On the whole nice people, not too many egos, good work life balance,30 days holiday, lots of volunteering opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor management confused at where the bank is going, not surprisingly due to Govt interference.
    Terrible compensation- staff with no pay rises or bonuses for > 5yrs. Few promotion prospects, lots of Offshoring. Low morale, with many people just waiting for pay outs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget the ever changing monikers such as "make it happen", "do the right thing". Be honest with your staff and pay them properly to stay or go. Do not keep them in limbo.

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

    mixed- it all depends on the department and the manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    many opportunities if you make yourself available

    Cons

    poor management- no clear vision from top down
    lack of communication across business units or departments or regions
    lack of respect or understanding for other cultures
    lack of diversity at management level (women, etc)
    old boys club all the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Former employee

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

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People at RBS are simply great. Intelligent, hard working with the drive to get ahead.
    Good starting salary.

    Cons

    Not a single project gets completed because of politics.
    Management strategy changes every other day.
    No career progression
    No pay rise
    No bonus
    No promotion.
    HR is useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible bank ... No wonder had to be bailed out!

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    Former Employee - Data Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Architect in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good if you want to avoid work.

    Cons

    - Worked here as a consultant, and i was amazed at the disjointed approach by the management.
    - Absolutely disappointing way of working.
    - Amazed at how organizations such as these could survive.
    - The ratio of people doing actual work vs managers was 1:4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get your act together.
    - Learn from some international banks on how to manage an organization.
    - Send your managers on trainings so that they can see how work is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Royal Bank of Scotland- A Fallen Banking Giant

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance for an bank. Line managers are generally good across the board and people are quite friendly

    Cons

    low staff morale, bank is downsizing, low pay, no bonus, top down management approach. this is all a result of the significant downsizing of the bank's operations across all product lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to engage staff and ensure they don't feel left out of the decision processes, especially as the bank undergoes significant restructuring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Kept me in a job for 2 years but was 2 years of uncertainty.

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    Former Employee - Complaint Handler in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Complaint Handler in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You meet loads of people working for them, and the pay is not so bad considering similar roles, can be an easy going job depending on the role.

    Cons

    The hours can be a challenge due to shift patterns, weekend work becoming increasingly mandatory along with bank holidays, annual holiday is very hard to get agreed due to huge volumes of staff (in call centres), too many managers without skill to actually manage. No room to exceed and when there is staff are usually hand picked and not given an opportunity. There is a huge lack of overtime availability (none for almost 9 months solid). More than 6 people have already left my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much changes too often, leaving workers worried about their job in the company. Being able to have public holidays and overtime available makes a huge difference to morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time

    Pros

    Changing culture, new management , too many managers

    Cons

    No Structure, legacy culture, slow change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    No Motivation

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    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Karāchi (Pakistan)

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Organized structure of the company

    Cons

    Employees are demotivated and boxed in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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