Credit Suisse Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. A decade of interesting work with highly qualified and friendly colleagues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great brand and culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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).


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Relaxed atmosphere with some nice people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Interesting, well paid, work; poor work life balance

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Insightful

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    More transparency


  8. Good company- wrong timing

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intern program is well organised by HR, salary good as well. Smart, hardworking people. Very professional. Was allocated a senior mentor who was helpful. You get to sit with some other teams for a day so it gives a good overview. Good food.

    Cons

    Atmosphere was not that great in the team I was placed in, as they had just fired most of the team, and by some it was taken out on me.

    Advice to Management

    It might be better not to place interns in teams that have been decimated as it does not help with integrating.


  9. Good benefits package but too many chiefs and lots of politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. good company, risk averse and long term oriented but by no means the best Investment bank

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

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed culture, pay attention to employee needs

    Cons

    not risk takers, very passive and not at all aggressive. attracts risk averse , non-entrepreneurial people especially at associate level and above. More attention paid to the Private Banking department and less on the IBD over the last few years

    Advice to Management

    you are competing against more established players in the industry


  11. Great expierence

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

    I have been working at Credit Suisse as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    shorten:
    great time
    great work life balance
    traning on the job and off the job
    salary is above average

    Cons

    carrer oppurtionietes ones your in
    no real benefits like other banks
    no bonus for the year 2014



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