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Citi Reviews in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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2.5 18 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Citi CEO Michael Corbat

Michael Corbat

(5 ratings)

14% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Citi generally has a good work-life balance for a financial services company(in 192 reviews)

  • Allowed to work from home at least three times a week, was given praise for work from upper management(in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • One of the greatest asset working here was the Work Life balance(in 90 reviews)

  • Senior management continues to move jobs from NYC to Buffalo to save money(in 113 reviews)

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    Software Analyst (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsNice Chair and great building. Pay OK.

    ConsLooooong hours, lack of technical work, no work-life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess email

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Boring mundane repetitive work

    Applications Development Intermediate Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    Pros- very small pro: slightly more pay than average
    - good benefits package

    Cons- this is NOT the place to start if you want to gain experience in software development

    - you wont learn anything new here, code is all legacy, 10 years old, and I'm not exaggerating you will find youself getting stuck doing the same mundane tasks every day

    - less than 5% of your job will be bug fixing development on shell scripting, java 5 the rest will be monitoring and maintaining market feeds

    - senior developers close to management (or over 2-3 years service) will get the little amount of new "features" developed on old platforms

    - you dont write full applications here you will have to wait on access request for weeks on end from deployment database frontend etc etc teams for minimal one liner changes

    - constantly told "think of yourself as a banker here, not a software developer"
    - horrible americanised office culture that the financial people embrace is also forced on software developers
    - no bonuses or out of hours pay for long developer hours here, they are saved loudest and laziest bankers on the top level
    - 5am calls from teams in india singapore usa as brief as "fix this before maket opens at 6am, goodbye"
    - this bank received the biggest bail out in the world, and is know for being one of the most corrupt

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with interviewees what they are getting themselves into
    Listen to what a developer needs to do his job
    Allow a developer to work in the areas he/she wants to work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    More experienced managers

    Anonymous (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsBenefits;
    Clean;
    Has lift to top floor;
    Showers in office;
    Allowed to quit;
    Not prison

    ConsLow Morale;
    Low Skills;
    Inexperienced Uneducated Management;
    No training;
    No perks

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome knowledgeable in what you're paid to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Vice President (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsGood friendly atmosphere and lots of work.

    ConsHave to get used to procedures

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    Conforms to traditional ways and fails to promote or reward innovation.

    Technical Analyst (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsThe only thing I enjoyed about working at Citi was getting paid - that part they are good at. Most of my colleagues were excellent folk too.

    ConsNon technical career bureaucrats that rode on the backs of excellent engineers to further their own agenda whilst falsely promoting a team environment. Little room for innovation and they hired more of the same types as those getting themselves somewhere. Heavy politics and low staff morale for those teams who suffered. I never saw so much ass kissing by adults in my 20 years in IT.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak the mould and hire some renegades. Pay attention to who provides the work not those that bring it to your attention.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Global firm but mediocre in all respects

    Documentation Negotiator (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsChallenging job with exposure to all areas

    ConsPolitics and lack of commercial awareness of staff

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    It is what it is. Enter with your Eyes Open!

    Analyst Programmer (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsMoney, skills opportunity. Viewed well by other employers in local market. Can get lucky and get a good team.

    ConsHours, can be a hateful place to work, very political. Take the experience and run to London. Experience is dependent on which team you are put in so somewhat of a dice game unless you are coming in by knowing someone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide on something and then do it. Less mind changing and running with the latest fad. Different departments are running in different directions!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life at Citi

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsGood team, strategy to encourage mobility, wide range of people to interact with, wide range of roles available

    Consvery big company, wide range of people to interact with, a long way to the top

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Think twice before joining

    Senior Developer (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    Prosdecent salary, investment banking domain

    Consnon-transperent appraisal system, lot of politics, bureaucracy, unnecessary management hierarchy, lack of accontability. When things are goign well bosses want to take credit but moment something goes wrong blame game begins to find convenient targets.

    Advice to Senior Managementreview the current organisation structure. Get transperency and accountablity culture. Non technical staff in IT needs to be given pink slip !!!

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    Fair place

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsEverything is always very clean cut no grey areas, and politically correct
    Lots of outside activitites to get involved in
    You get out what you put in
    Get to work on wiode range of technologues depending on what team your in, C++, C, Java, Linux, Windows, bash, perl, ruby

    ConsSometimes the amount of red tape as a developer is particulary frustrating

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to grow Belfast as a hub for Citi Development.
    It is good to see so many jobs coming into Northern Ireland

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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