CLSA Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Professionally run office.

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

    I worked at CLSA as a contractor (less than an 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    One of the top Equity research companies in Asia

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

    I worked at CLSA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    office culture,personal growth,flat hierarchy are some of the things i found very good

    Cons

    work life imbalance,benefits,politics are some of the things they need to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be a little more employee friendly

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Positive experience

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

    I worked at CLSA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and willing to answer questions / discuss their work. Was able to work directly contribute to published research, which was great. Trader and analyst meetings were open to attendance by anyone every morning which was a fantastic way to learn. Office culture was great.

    Cons

    No formal program, so some things were very much learn as you go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    ok flexible

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CLSA

    Pros

    flexible, autonomy, able to grab chances.

    Cons

    random, need to find yourself up

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible experience - CLSA, Pune

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    To be very honest- can't think of any

    Cons

    - There is no work culture as such. Organization ( not sure if this word should be used for this company! ) setup is not structured and extremely chaotic. There is no HR. Management team is incompetent and puppets of HK team.
    - Though they try to project as a 'investment banking' like setup, they have a long way to go. Office set up is below par and unhygienic.
    - As they find it difficult to attract talent ( due to lack of brand value in Indian job market ), you might be offered higher salary initially especially if you come from big investment banks but you will repent on your decision later. So please don't fall prey to such traps as the scrifices that you will make by working for this organization are not worth the raise.
    - Some cost saving measures are ridiculous, One eg, some ceiling lighting on the floor is turned off to save on electricity bills. They are turned back on when visitors are coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think that will be of any use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political environment can't let work even techno excellent employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    All over politics, non-sense rumors, a place to deal with lots of non-sense people all over the board.
    You can practice politics here before going into Indian politics.

    Cons

    Below average people are only playing around in their known area. Discourages people to let work in main stream and misguiding.
    By having some small programs with unnecessary complexity, old timers are earning.
    Specially front office, viper team in India are set of fools and screwing the work environment.
    Unethical practices, uneducated F.O. team are source of lots of non-sense, rumors and very cheap politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not be feared to warn such people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your market value decreases

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

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

    Pros

    If you are one of the "pets" of "certain" people, you can get away with murder!

    Cons

    Most people have covered this section in detail, will try not to be repeatative, instead I will mention some hilarious things I have noticed.
    The "free" coffee/tea sucks so much that some people even get their own coffee machines to make their own coffee :)) . The entire office is unhygenic: the pantry area, bathrooms are perpetually infested with roaches & stink. If by chance you end up staying very late at office (obviously working), & you want to avail office vehicle to take you home, you will need to beg & appease the admin manager to permit you to use the office car. The typical answer (even to women employees) is "You can take the Wings cab, why do you need office cab, office cab is not available (for you)". This inspite of a spare Innova always available at admin's call. There is no security provided to women employees leaving late, either. All claims/bills (genuine) are scrutinized & questioned to such an extent that the admin behaves as if they pay out of her own pocket. And the funniest... if there's an event where food is ordered, either there is no food or its in such limited quantity that most people dont get any! Few years back at the annual event, there was no food served!!! Again cost savings! :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they were to heed to the advice people have mentioned, things would have improved, so no point in giving any unwarranted advise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Research associate

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

    I worked at CLSA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very high pressure, you swim or die

    Cons

    No work life balance at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    If you know equities and have good technical skills, this is the place. Average people will find it tough. You need to take initiative. Enough room for innovation.

    Cons

    Doesn't promote the brand. Sometimes too aggressive - even when there's no need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brand sells in India - not many people know what working in Equities IT is all about.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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