Citi Reviews in London, England

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Citi generally has a good work-life balance for a financial services company (in 212 reviews)

  • satisfied work place environment with the ability to work from home (in 77 reviews)


Cons
  • I didn't really see any cons with working here except for the obvious lack of work-life balance (in 103 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Citi

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Citi full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. It will provide opportunities for a successful career to anyone with the desire and drive to do so. A vast global network with numerous opportunities, always willing to provide those that want it with assistance to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Can be political at times, but this will depend on who your boss and peers are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the vested interest of those who have been at the institution for too long, and the people who lack the academic as well as professional background/mentality/work ethic that banks have strived to garner in the last few decades.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Spectacular learning, aggressive culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - You learn a lot
    - You are given responsibility early
    - You're trained by the best
    - Meritocratic place most of the times

    Cons

    - Aggressive, cut-throat office culture
    - Hard to get time off
    - Top management couldn't care less about employees
    - A completely money driven place (all we do is for the bonus, all the actions/poor actions are measured against your expected bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the culture right. Don't try to be a nicer Goldman Sachs as this won't work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good environment, poor IT infrastructure, organisational issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been welcomed by a friendly environment. Serious professionals collaborative and helpful.
    My team was responsible for a trading application and sometimes it was stressful, with long hours and some calls outside working times.
    Average-low compensation compared with other investment banks.

    Cons

    Sometimes I felt lack of guidance from management, and it was not always clear who was responsible for what.
    Dealing with the corporate intranet is a nightmare, and most contacts with the people supporting the IT infrastructure were fruitless or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make en effort to promote meritocracy at every level.
    Improve corporate processes and the IT infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very Unethical, A playground for complacency and incompetence.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great exposure to projects and software systems if you are willing to sacrifice your life.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for reward or recognition if you are not part of the "clique". Suggest avoiding like the plague. Senior Management lack direction, and your peers are likely to kick back and watch you do all the work and then take credit for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing the employment of incompetent people just because they are friends of friends, and ensure rewarding the best individuals to retain talent. Set a clear career path, and make sure goals are fair and attainable, and not used to hold individuals back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better the devil you know

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It is a truly global organisation so there are genuine opportunities to move departments and/or location.

    I thought their systems were antiquated, but now I am working at a much smaller bank I realise Citi are pretty cutting edge in comparison (but definitely not perfect!)

    Cons

    A large amount of red tape, sometimes making it difficult to get your job done.

    Salary package behind market rate.

    Some departments within the bank are very "corporate" others are more relaxed, it's a lottery

    Off shoring of many back office processes makes it difficult to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good graduates will leave...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Operations  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Operations in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large mutltinational corporation/multicultural so diversified in it's employee intake.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for graduates in the long-run if recruited via a non-graduate management programme; difficult to move into parallel project roles despite having the skills (analytical etc.) /intellectual rigour;

    In a nutshell;

    ~ Senior management could not care less what goes on downstream as long as it is not affecting their power grip on the organization and end-of-year bonus;
    ~ Middle management are clueless, the majority are without formal education (professional or otherwise), preferring to hang around their peers with whom they have formed industry bonds (and feel comfortable) whilst maintaining the status-quo;
    ~ At lower levels, mediocre staff (majority school leavers in Back/Office/Ops) who have been allowed to stay on for years but escape redundancy because judged too expensive to get the sack (although that trend is slowly phasing with offshoring to India).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduates that are educated and smart will not stay without decent career prospects, 3-4 years is the maximum time one can spend in a firm without promotion/pay rise. BAU becomes unbearable after a while and so does shift work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great in the past not so great now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Office  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Middle Office in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Its a huge company so you get lots of mobility. The company has one of the most diverse workforce's in the world. Whilst base is generally under market they can flex the bonus pot to your advantage to ensure overall comp keeps up (in a good year)

    Cons

    VERY Long hours. overall performance of the firm really impacts comp. HR dept is poor in supporting staff. If you have Lehman's on your CV you seem to do well at the expense of harder working employees. Very much a blame culture and not very collaborative to get the job done. Its all about dodging the buses people are trying to throw each other under.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at long time staff who are leaving and understand why that is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Politics is the Key

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Huge Corporate with Multiethnics Environment and Good Benefits

    Cons

    Slow Career Progression
    Frequent Team Restructuring Programme
    Meritocracy not applied

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    IBD in UK. Great experiences with individual people, lots of very smart, driven employees. But bureaucratic..

    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Truly global organisation with networks anywhere you could imagine doing business. Compared to other monoline investment banks the breadth of product offerings helps differentiate Citi. Lots of very smart, driven people which makes it a fulfilling place to work.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic organisation. I'm sure other large investment banks aren't dis-similar in this regard, the key difference being when you need to cut through the red tape to get something done for a client at Citi you aren't able to- which I don't think is the case at GS, JPM, etc.

  11.  

    Internally focussed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Citi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good brand on CV
    Lots of resources
    Opportunities to travel and move around company

    Cons

    Very very political
    Internally rather than customer focused
    Not using best practice processes and technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic with staff regarding actual competitive position of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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