CIBC World Markets Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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CIBC World Markets CEO Richard W. Nesbitt
Richard W. Nesbitt
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Pros
  • Challenging, financially rewarding, average work-life balance depending on the group (in 6 reviews)

  • Mostly good people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • minimal communication and long hours (in 3 reviews)

  • Team of senior management who couldn't manage a lemonade stand (in 3 reviews)

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  1. MD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CIBC World Markets full-time

    Pros

    This company provides a very generous compensation with a great deal of autonomy. This was a great place to work.

    Cons

    The firm with its Canadian heritage had something of a small town feeling and a little of the little brother syndrome. They would do well to get over the sweatshirt complex.

    Advice to Management

    Forget Tim Hortons and embrace Starbucks and Duncan Donuts! The real market is south of the border just consider the size of the markets.


  2. This was a decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Real Estate Finance Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Real Estate Finance Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIBC World Markets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the mid-level managers are friendly, relaxed and good to work for. There is a real camaraderie amongst the staff.

    Cons

    Senior management backtracks on instructions sometimes meaning you sometimes aren't sure what the guidelines are for doing your job.


  3. Full time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIBC World Markets full-time

    Pros

    CIBC offers nice benefits and I very much enjoy my coworkers. Good employee banking offers and stock purchase options.

    Cons

    The HR employees are very unhelpful when coordinating offer letters and start dates. It took a long time to get access set up.


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  5. Director

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CIBC World Markets (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well established organization, willing to spend money to update their technology platforms.

    Cons

    Old school structure models with individuals not willing to change their ways of thinking.


  6. joined a bad group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great work life balance. team members was great. worked in a great building.

    Cons

    those translate to not much to do because of bureaucracy.


  7. I enjoyed it very much

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    Current Employee - Associate, Invest and Corp in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate, Invest and Corp in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIBC World Markets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, not too much face time. Alot of very interesting people. Very small firm allowed access to senior management.

    Cons

    The firm is run from Canada, which is very conservative. Management in New York wanted to take more risks. Also compensation was bad outside of the darling infra group.


  8. Great place to work and learn the ropes of banking and lending.

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    Former Employee - Senior Transaction Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Transaction Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIBC World Markets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a good place to learn to manage and run your transactions almost as if its your own business - it gives you an insight into Entrepreneurship. I was able to do things my own way close deals the ay i saw fit obviously the realm of company policy. Its also a very relaxed and friendly environment. I was part of the real estate finance group in NY city, which is a very small neat bunch. Great benefits. Good compensation. The harder you worked the more money you made.

    Cons

    Diversity, Long hours, working weekends and late into the night (1am). - its banking so you should expect it. Time off - 4 weeks for associates and above and 3 weeks for analysts and administration staff. Promotions - It was not very clear how promotion was achieved, except that it was your manager and other MDs that agreed based on your performance and how you worked with everyone else.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good company until culture changed with new mgmt team

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIBC World Markets full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prior to 2009: Early opportunity for advancement, colleagues

    Cons

    Mgmt hired in 2009 uses termination as a motivational tool, firing someone from each department every year. Creates a culture of fear. 3 people were terminated in 2 years for malfeasance which was a direct result of this mgmt style.

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with the resources necessary to achieve their goals. A phone and a computer is not a capital markets platform.


  10. They are a decent employer

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIBC World Markets full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great with flexibility and timing

    Cons

    reputation and pay are not great

    Advice to Management

    Very slow


  11. Conservative Bank

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIBC World Markets full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance Stability Risk Averse Culture Innovative Opportunistic Management

    Cons

    Salary Upward Mobility Learning Opportunities Senior Management Turnover Not growth oriented

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees more autonomy and ability to make decisions. Rotate employees throughout the company to reduce turnover and build relevant business skills.



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