CLSA Reviews

Updated July 31, 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)

  • a place where you can learn a lot if you are willing to (in 2 reviews)

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

  • No support from Senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. CLSA - Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good management followed by good technology. capable and able people carrying out the work in a rather good work environment.

    Cons

    work gets rather monotonous after some time. more push needs to be given to internal mobility to retain work force

    Advice to Management

    should start looking to invest more in people. Name needs to be advertised well. It is still not a brand and unknown to many on the street.


  2. Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at CLSA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are super friendly there

    Cons

    It's hard to get promoted or take more responsibility


  3. Helpful (4)

    Company asking its senior managers to write good reviews.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good place to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    International exposure and growth opportunities

    Cons

    No full commitment to grow domestic business

    Advice to Management

    Either commit necessary capital to grow or leave US equity market


  6. Helpful (2)

    Too much unsupported hate on this page

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

    I have been working at CLSA (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I've been working in CLSA for close to 5 years now - overall there have been many changes but local support has always been present. We follow a pleasantly flat hierarchy. People here are approachable, learning culture is great and morale has been good most times. Upper management has been rather transparent with plans and are very supportive of personal development. The fact that many staff have been here for close to 10 years speaks volumes.

    Cons

    Take this from me - Workload can be heavy, but definitely manageable. Challenge is good. Many bad reviews here are clearly done with a vendetta/by a group of disgruntled ex employees who try to tarnish the good name of CLSA.

    Advice to Management

    Ease off on the cost-cutting measures - or at least cut costs at the appropriate departments instead of looking to squeeze dry areas that are already tight.


  7. Good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Asia (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Asia (Philippines)

    I have been working at CLSA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    still a variety of good people

    Cons

    profitability in near term is a bit unclear

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (1)

    A dying star

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place with excellent independent research and close knit front office team. However it has changed significantly in the past few years especially with a CEO who foster cronyism, and favouritism.

    Cons

    Too much politics, no real actual HR practices- you can't count on established bulge brackets HR practices to ensure diversity, or at least fair employee performance review. Avoid if you are not a white male. Not much work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be big, maybe behave like one. ManAgement needs to be more professional, and perhaps care more about top line rather than creating circle of friends and empire building.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice to learn Front to end business flow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at CLSA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Can learn multiple technologies under same roof. Dynamic management, which motivates you to present innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Work under pressure Job security fear

    Advice to Management

    Please do have words with employee at-lest once a month


  10. poorly managed tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CLSA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - good work-life balance is a major proc

    Cons

    - poorly managed IT groups - lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    - should be more technology focus instead shortsighted projects, should put more effort on the long term road map. - should try to retain not only the people, but their energy and passion about the IT jobs. It hire a lot of talent from others top tier bank but that just doesn't fit together to provide the synergy it should have.


  11. Middle Office Role

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Managable trade volumne. 2. Good FO staff 3. Decent salary 4. General shift/UK shift

    Cons

    1. Too much politics in mgt 2. No good ppl management 3. Top management is not co-operative 4. Bad IT inftrstructure 5. No proper breaks 6. No proper facilities in office like cafeteria etc.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire people with product knowledge and ppl management skils.



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