Clydesdale Bank Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Local culture vs organisational culture

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Clydesdale Bank full-time

    Pros

    It is a great place to work when in the right team; the work life balance is excellent and the relatively small size of the organisation means opportunities to get access to senior people is great.

    Cons

    Management hubris is often present and a tendency to blame failings on prior leadership while making the same mistakes happens. Pay is mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Blaze a trail - take a genuinely innovative and brave stance and the benefits will be multiple. Pay better but demand better from your people. Understand the regional differences in market pay and expectations.


  2. Senior Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, but this driven by role and team rather than culture

    Cons

    Bank in recovery stage and would appear a little lost

    Advice to Management

    More focus is required, lack of direction is evident to most commercially aware staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, but has issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Passionate drive to make a difference from a lot of areas across the business

    Cons

    Can be like being in high school Again - you're irrelevant if not in the popular clique Meetings used as way to look Busy, even if they aren't productive A lot of people whose only role seems to be to pass blame to others

    Advice to Management

    Recruit from within - 90% of jobs go to outside contractors who are then stymied by not doing things our way Recognise that extra layers of management slow things down - I have 3 times as many managers as I did 10 years ago & all I have to show for it is extra reports


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Representative in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Branch Representative in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, forward thinking, interesting work

    Cons

    Small bank with limited potential for development, stretching targets


  6. Good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staff benefits are great and holiday entitlement is brilliant. Large support in people development and progression.

    Cons

    Working in a regulatory environment means keeping on top of legislation and being aware of both the bank's and your own obligations.


  7. Good Employer, staff matter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working and encourage staff to reach their potential

    Cons

    Salary not very competetive within the Banking industry


  8. Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Partner in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Partner in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Consider Clydesdale a good place to work with an excellent team where everyone's views are valued.

    Cons

    Recent restructures have limited career development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    More focus on career planning


  9. In complete disarray, parent company fed up, followed a flawed plan that completely backfired.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Partner in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Partner in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no longer any reasons to work this bank. From 1995 - to about 2003 it was a good place to work, until Williams and Peacock (who is NOT the current CEO) arrived with the IFS scheme. Huge expenditure, no customers, all plans involved investing in property in the height of a price rise - with "bust" to come sure as eggs is eggs. When it came, all staff treated like rubbish, especially older ones who saw the flaws from day one. Bullying, intimidation, finger-pointing all the norm

    Cons

    See above. The bank is a nightmare and in total confusion. The NAB has to deal with the huge mis-sale of loans before it can sell it off: it's already absorbed billions of toxic debt run up by all the bright young bucks.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the staff well. Don't change the masterplan on a daily basis. Get some of the old staff back who knew what they were doing. Issue a mass apology to all those who were treated abominably and either made to fall on their swords, disciplined out for non-offences or who had nervous breakdowns. Ensure that a lot of the local puffed-up "managers" pay real redress for their appalling actions and lack of business ability/sense.


  10. mickey mouse organisation lacking status to make an impact

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Private Banking in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Private Banking in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary and freedom to do job as you wish but lack management expertise to get people working as a team. The Bank was 20 years behind the times when I joined in 2007 but had a market leading proposition with its Financial Solutions Centres

    Cons

    didnt deliver on my expectations. Had a great set up in Financial Solutions Centres (as was) but management did not support the team ethic with the result that collective goals were invariably missed.. The organisation was on a massive growth curve when I joined and recruited from outside the organisation in a big way to help achieve their ambitions. Then it went pear shaped and most of the people recruited back in the mid noughties left leaving those who were in an outdated and out of touch business in the first place. This was an company that promised much but didnt achieve. The new 2013 model will not work because management have basically gone back to a business that didnt achieve in the first place with little scope to grow the business and a credit department that will not use common sense.

    Advice to Management

    do as you say you will do not what you think you should do and support the team ethic


  11. A rewarding 14 years with many oppurtunities to progress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Partner in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Partner in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clydesdale Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Above average salary, many oppurtunities to progress within your career

    Cons

    A lot of branches short staffed

    Advice to Management

    None



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