Citi Reviews in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
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Pros
  • Citi generally has a good work-life balance for a financial services company (in 217 reviews)

  • satisfied work place environment with the ability to work from home (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • I didn't really see any cons with working here except for the obvious lack of work-life balance (in 105 reviews)

  • Senior management continues to move jobs from NYC to Buffalo to save money (in 115 reviews)

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  1.  

    Life at Citi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful - avoid at all costs unless u value money over happiness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is extremely good for the work which is pretty repetitive. The staff are lovely

    Cons

    The management or lack of! Treat staff like a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Everything is done with a shoestring budget, also potential unpaid work during unsociable hours

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Graduate Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Graduate Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work hours are totally flexible and it's possible for most developers to work from home. Unlimited hot beverages are available and there are good efforts in organising social events. Also, there is an enormous library of online training available and some on-site training also. The 'Citi collaborate' work social networking tool is also an excellent source of resources and a great way to network with people outside your department - and so it's easy to network with people working with similar technologies or with similar interests. There are many clubs/societies organised within Citi covering a wide spectrum of interests and sports. Citi donates 1 day of every employees time to take part in a volunteering activity within the community. Desks are big enough and chairs are suitable.

    Cons

    Everything is done with a minimum of resources. Teams are running complex applications without proper processes and methodologies. The business just doesn't seem to understand what is actually needed to make software. Teams don't have proper build or test processes, and many developers don't even have some of the most basic developer tools and hardware. Most of the developer machines are very low-spec, and can be painfully slow when dealing with some development work. Also, my department seems to have a gigantic budget shortfall, and they've dealt with this by forcefully relocating people to cheaper locations and by getting rid of many contractors (and not replacing them). Additionally, many developers have to work unsociable hours for weekend releases, and they are not paid for their troubles, and even getting the time off in lieu wasn't easy. Also, making requests for basic software, hardware and configurations is a painful and extremely slow process. I don't see any of these things improving any time soon. It's actually difficult to be productive at Citi, there are many obstacles, and not just because of strict banking regulations. Also, there is little cohesion within the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budgets for teams working on crucial applications needs to be increased, at least to the point where developers are able to develop productivity instead of having to deal with painfully slow and sometimes broken processes. Also, I would recommend hiring dedicated testers and spend time improving build processes. Try to emulate what pure software companies are doing. Also, for those in technical roles who don't have heavy technical experience - these people need to be supported with more training and guidance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Boring mundane repetitive work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Development Intermediate Programmer Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Applications Development Intermediate Programmer Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    More experienced managers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become knowledgeable in what you're paid to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Chair and great building. Pay OK.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less email

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Citi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good friendly atmosphere and lots of work.

    Cons

    Have to get used to procedures

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Citi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Non 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Global firm but mediocre in all respects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentation Negotiator in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Documentation Negotiator in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging job with exposure to all areas

    Cons

    Politics and lack of commercial awareness of staff

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Citi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hours, 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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