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  1.  

    Career defining- and an amazing network

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wherever I have been since , the Citi network has supported and helped

    Cons

    Pay not always amazing - and a risk you only learn the "Citi way".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember your staff are people, not just pawns in a game.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture, good career progression, access to management

    Cons

    working hours, slightly competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lovely people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - 2-Week Work Experience in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - 2-Week Work Experience in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Feels like a flat organization. I had the chance to meet a great number of people from a variety of different levels.

    Cons

    I can see that because the culture of the team/department I was in seemed so laid back that I could unintentionally get complacent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at Citi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unethical, A playground for complacency and incompetence.

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

    I worked at Citi full-time (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good graduates will leave...

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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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better the devil you know

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

    I worked at Citi full-time (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

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