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Citi Reviews in Singapore

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Citi generally has a good work-life balance for a financial services company (in 230 reviews)

  • satisfied work place environment with the ability to work from home (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad work-life balance, but you could not expect such benefit from investment banking (in 117 reviews)

  • Senior management continues to move jobs from NYC to Buffalo to save money (in 117 reviews)

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34 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    good environment to work in

    Cons

    long hours and male dominated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training could have been better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Citi

    Pros

    brand value , market experience counts , work and life balance is decent , competitive colleagues

    Cons

    career mobility , nil emphasis on employer sponsored educations , avg perks and compensation
    HR are merely dummies ... following processes with hands tied

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be receptive to ideas and encourage career mobility in true sense .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    'Large' Enterprise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Operations & Technology in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Operations & Technology in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Advantage of working in a large investment bank is that you get a lot of feedback for your design, because your application handles hundreds of thousands of orders in an hour before exchange close with each of the order being different from others. A single failure out of all these is highlighted. So you get a lot of feedback about every bad design decision made by you.

    Cons

    Enterprise politics is the worst part of the job. Another problem is low productivity because of spending time in mundane manual tasks to take care of compliance and bureaucracy in the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable, degrading

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Centre in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Centre in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Citi as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much perks, except maybe you'll have lots of free time doing nothing, if you count that as a perk.

    Cons

    If you think you will stay connected to the markets, then you'll be disappointed. Few duties as a beginner/short term replacement, will feel like rotting in the office, almost doing nothing but waiting for documents to scan. 3 months into the job and still get long time frames doing nothing, while the others are fairly busy checking every transactions and doing AML checks or clarifying with ABs. 1 week into the job and felt like quitting, but stayed on, hoping to learn more stuffs, but was so very wrong. Very robotic environment. Got micro managed by VP as well. Felt like brain cells were dying because brain activity was not utilised. Got treated unfairly. Got disgusted, was sinking into depression and having suicidal thoughts, had enough, and requested for immediate termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not micro manage staff. If they don't have anything to do, and they are reading news that Citi sends, don't blame them for not doing anything else. Would you rather them sleep at their desk? At least they are finding something to do by reading the news. Train staffs to do more stuffs. People agreed to the take up the job so that they can learn more. Stop giving lousy excuses like there is nothing they can do because they are not trained to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Citi full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Empowerment, Process and Result oriented, Cut-throat at times, Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Conflict of interest between regional versus HQ demands

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good only if you are ok to work late everyday

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Citi full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay and a lot of trainings outside the company

    Cons

    Not friendly and helpful colleagues. No work-life balance - OT everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good training ground but not fantastic $

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Securities Processing Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Securities Processing Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good training ground, have learnt a lot and gotten good exposure
    Good brand name to put in resume

    Cons

    politics and competition fierce amongst colleagues like everywhere
    Leave and bonus amongst the lowest in major banks, if you do not mind 2 weeks bonus you can consider joining.
    Annual increment is pathetic too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to retain good talent.
    Stop sweating the small stuff to cut staff benefits to save cost

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good internal mobility

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

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

    Pros

    skills are transferable across citi branches across the world, so it is easier to move to a different country.

    Cons

    possibly promotion. but it's common with a lot of big MNCs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Global Bank - Citi is global banking standard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Great Team culture and respect peers. Salary is reasonable but do not expect the best in the market. if you really want to learn banking especially corporate banking then Citi will bring you up to the next level.

    Cons

    Sometimes illogical and inefficient decision making structure. Do not expect the best in market salary they only give you far below what you have in mind.
    Need to prepare your self to contribute some of your private time for traveling. The major APAC region centre is in Singapore. Man! you will need to travel really often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give and develop more benefit for your staff. Also develop program to encourage and support personal development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Incompetent middle management seeking to chop the tall poppies

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

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

    Pros

    - Locations all around the world.

    - A successful transaction processing business.

    - A big brand name on your CV

    Cons

    - Incompetent middle managers whose main responsibilities seem to be to "fabricate relevance", "only pretend to add value" and "brown-nosing".

    - Dirty Politics

    - Tall poppies will be chopped.

    - Absolutely no respect for employees & their personal time

    - Startlingly low diversity, especially at the tech & ops. division. If you aren't in the "correct" ethnic group & sub group, you don't stand a chance.

    - Merit has little value, only brown-nosing to be part of the right clique can get you ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Value the people you "manage" (or "fail to manage effectively"), you are irrelevant without them.

    - Respect the people who can actually deliver, especially if you are not one of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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