Credit Suisse Reviews in London, England

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,330 Reviews
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1,330 Reviews
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 153 reviews)

  • There may be opportunities to work in other countries through internal mobility for those interested (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 80 reviews)

  • long hours, which made it difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 64 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to learn about the business. IT teams are very strong and plenty of multi year businesses.

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    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lot of bright people in the company and good ideas in IT. This is place if you are interested in learning about the business and IT in one go.

    Cons

    Management think very narrowly. Most teams have a lot of contractors and perm staff do not get the bonus as per market conditions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, very good company to work for in a long term.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, great ppl, personal growth.

    Cons

    Less pay than in other city banks, on perm or contract side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A decade of interesting work with highly qualified and friendly colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The bank has a good name, well known globally. The people are good - made many friends here and you notice that a lot of people stay for a long time. This is not inertia, or "time-serving" as it is a highly competitive industry and many of the long-service people are in very senior roles.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic sometimes and can be slow to get things done or changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you too were VPs and directors once, so listen to them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Has gone down hill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The business is innovative but is getting short changed by the IT department.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical management structure. Senior IT staff not focused on delivering IT solutions. Over emphasis on philanthropy and soft skills. Senior staff (directors and above) are not technical or innovative in their approach. HR is not at all focused on needs of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on soft skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    nicest people you will meet on the street, emphasis on diversity

    Cons

    Inferiority complex, internally chaotic, a lot of ex Goldmans and Morgan Stanleys

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great brand and culture.

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

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A supportive environment that fosters personal/professional development. Work-life balance is attainable depending on your role and which area of the business you work in.

    Cons

    Although a highly supportive culture, one sometimes has to push for sponsorship due to pockets of politics (like you get pretty much every where).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Relaxed atmosphere with some nice people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Credit Suisse as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Latest technology, some smart people, working from home policy

    Cons

    Contractor churn, staff turnover is high due to cost cutting. No continuity of staff in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage continuity of staff and invest rather than seeking to cut costs. Cost cutting is false economy by moving to "low-cost" centers. Knowedge of the CS environment is walking out the door on a regular basis and costing you money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting, well paid, work; poor work life balance

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

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people in this department are on the whole very friendly, management were very encouraging and always on hand to help.
    The work was generally interesting and challenging, with plenty of responsibilities given to interns.
    The set up of the internship was well organised.
    Excellent benefits - good salary, food, gym etc.
    Opportunities outside of work for socialising, sport etc.
    Careers progression seems to be fairly quick.

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor, and this was in the 'quiet' summer period. Staff commonly worked 12 hour shifts or more.
    Other interns seemed to have (perhaps self imposed) pressure to complete deadlines that resulted in nights and weekends spent in the office.
    A lot of employees (especially younger ones) seem to be there purely for the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on productivity and the amount of work done rather than purely hours spent in the office.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good benefits package but too many chiefs and lots of politics

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    • 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 Credit Suisse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent philanthropic program as well as lots of networks and societies to join. Majority of staff are very welcoming and friendly.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and some management are very unfriendly, they will not even acknowledge you unless you have a title which is very frustrating. Promotions are scarce and you have to play the game. Working hours can be long and there is still a stigma if you leave before 6. Pay rises and bonuses are seldom seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change attitudes towards flexible working arrangements and better work life balance.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Insightful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Spring Insight in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Spring Insight in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice offices located in the Canary Wharf district. Good working environment. Spring week featured many workshops and opportunities to meet industry players

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in recruiting process. Who gets what is unclear, especially at the more junior levels. Training is a little rushed at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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