CLSA Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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Pros
  • This firm certainly punches above it's weight, competing directly with the bulge bracket banks, atleast in the equity research space (in 4 reviews)

  • Work life balance does not exist here (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Unfortunately if work/life balance is a high priority this is not the place for you (in 3 reviews)

  • A lack of execution discipline within senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Professionally run office.

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    Former Contractor - Associate
    Former Contractor - Associate

    I worked at CLSA as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Upper management listens to possible helpful avenues for goals to be reached.

    Cons

    I was not given an opportunity to increase my job knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Company asking its senior managers to write good reviews.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA

    Pros

    Sorry.. Only pro can be a good salary, but they are going to suck your blood out for that

    Cons

    There has been enough written if you go through the complete list of comments.

    One worst thing is that they are so badly advertised, that they are asking senior managers to write good reviews so that people join the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be all clean, once the Top guy is clean

    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Good place to get experience

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    International exposure and growth opportunities

    Cons

    No full commitment to grow domestic business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either commit necessary capital to grow or leave US equity market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. This is the place if you want to pack a lot of leaning in a short span of time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CLSA full-time

    Pros

    High visibility, not a place for laggards, you would love it if you want a high paced IB technology environment, some people are very good techies, good performers get a lot of respect

    Cons

    A significant number of people are relatively new so there is not much of cultural bonding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Great Work Culture

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    Former Employee - Asian Equities in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Asian Equities in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at CLSA

    Pros

    + Tight-knit work culture, very community oriented
    + Easy access to senior management
    + Good benefits (retirement scheme), fair pay

    Cons

    - Can be a lot of responsibility given its a small firm, but that isnt always a bad thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA

    Pros

    Good working and learning Experience.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in the Org Structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good place but needs more improvements

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    Current Employee - Developer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Lot of domain learning

    Front to back application knowledge

    Quick access to people to help resolve queries be it management or anyone

    Cons

    Need to involve people in decision making

    Too frequent changes in direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a clear vision for the India delivery center.

    Challenge people to do the right thing rather than do a rush job to meet project deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA

    Pros

    Flat structure with access to management.

    Cons

    Not good enough career opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    training on the job, rotations program

    Cons

    it really depends on who you end of working for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Nice place in the beggining

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    should know the basics, learning opportunity is there, self learning important

    Cons

    time management, too much stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax a bit on everyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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