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Citi Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Lovely people

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    Former Employee - 2-Week Work Experience in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - 2-Week Work Experience in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Citi as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

    Boring mundane repetitive work

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    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at Citi

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    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
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  5.  

    Spectacular learning, aggressive culture

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    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
  6.  

    Good environment, poor IT infrastructure, organisational issues

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    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 an 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
  7.  

    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citi

    Pros

    Good culture, plenty of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Cant think of any cons

  8.  

    More experienced managers

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good graduates will leave...

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    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unethical, A playground for complacency and incompetence.

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on which department you work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company, good networking opportunities

    Cons

    lots of regulations so not much cross-technology exposure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the talent

    No opinion of CEO

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