Credit Suisse Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
1,295 Reviews
3.5
1,295 Reviews
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
Brady W. Dougan
575 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 140 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great if you are new college grad, good training opportunities (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • One thing that was a con for Credit Suisse was the long hours that I was required to work (in 60 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far, it's been great

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work culture. Good support from management. Good emplyoee benefits

    Cons

    The work is not as technical as expected. Good be a good thing for some, not for me though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place!!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse

    Pros

    Work life balance, great smart people

    Cons

    Lack of communication/information sharing with the team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  3.  

    good in general

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good location, nice work env

    Cons

    everything seems fine to me

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  5.  

    Long hours and lots of effort receive little thanks.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay isn't terrible, and the location is nice. Things might be better for analysts on other teams.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is an issue, as can be fitting into the culture of whatever desk you're working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help incorporate analysts by giving them growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned a ton while at Credit Suisse. I worked with some extremely intelligent people and enjoyed my time at the firm. Their products on the equity side were innovative and ahead of the competition.

    Cons

    Their compensation structure made it difficult for me to want to stay and create a career at the firm. While I understand the need to protect balance sheet being a Swiss Bank, paying top employees with complex derivatives products made me uneasy about staying at the firm long term.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Alright

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Summer Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - IT Summer Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Credit Suisse as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good experience to put on resume
    -Experience in a professional setting
    -Project may also be interesting (depends on what you get)

    Cons

    -Not many challenging projects
    -Overly formal
    -Salary is not competitive compared to Tech Companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore more interesting projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company for a Status Quo Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time

    Pros

    - Predictable hours, employees not particularly overworked, good employee development programs

    Cons

    - Opportunities limited for those who want to advance, poor senior management (lower-end MDs)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience, in the best and worst sense.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse

    Pros

    Great environment to learn software, customer service skills, and fast workflow overnight. Great benefits as well.

    Cons

    Worst work ethic possible, employees are just worker bees building up the nest to support the queen. Used to be a great company but has grown more conservative and less people oriented, finding any place in the world to go the cheaper but not always better route. If they could hire robots to do the work, they would enforce it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Started off great, crashed, then burned

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    Former Employee - Global Support Specialist  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Global Support Specialist in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Credit Suisse as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Global company with a history of greatness. Exposure to a high caliber of talent with a proven business process. Great initial training program.

    Cons

    Poor sustained management. Metrics over people mentality. Top producers not rewarded with loyalty. No transparent hiring/firing/promotion process. Too often roles and responsibilities shifted "Just Because". Trade floor personnel think that the world revolves around them and that they can talk to anyone in any kind of way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you tell a new hire that they will get promoted if they perform or if their numbers are in the top 10% then honor that. Especially if you are constantly giving out awards for their work. Do a better job of recognizing what your long term employee investments should be. Do a better job with the work life balance across the board, not just in the high visibility positions. Understand that not many people want to stay in the same position for more than 2 or 3 years without a promotion or legitimate opportunity to move into another role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice people, but IT suffers from management bloat and bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A decent percentage of co-workers are genuinely nice people to work with. Smart working / flexible working arrangements allow for good flexibility around working hours and locations.

    Cons

    Within IT there are too many middle managers that just get in the way as they try to justify their existence. Too many of these managers are also generic PowerPoint shuffling professional meeting attender types vs. the skilled hand-on technical leaders you find in top tier technical organizations. Heavy cost cutting and outsourcing in recent years has also seems to have impacted the group's culture and ability to attract/retain the best technical tallent. Simply innovating and getting things done is way more difficult than it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 1990s called and they want their IT organizational structure back. Refocus organization on a flatter and more collaborative structure. Reduce the number of middle managers by 30-40% and spend some of that savings on recruiting/retaining top tier technical talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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