Credit Suisse Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan
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694 Ratings

Pros
  • It provides excellent work life balance for personal development in the spare time (in 161 reviews)

  • There may be opportunities to work in other countries through internal mobility for those interested (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • Management was inflexible to find ways that analysts could find work / life balance (in 81 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Equity Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time

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

    Pros

    I thought Credit Suisse had a strong, collaborative culture and management encouraged the cross-pollination of ideas among different groups (e.g research, trading, derivatives). I thought there was good rapport among the equity research analyst team.

    Cons

    I think equities is a difficult industry given lower trading volumes and increasing emphasis on management access. This is more of an industry issue and not specific to Credit Suisse.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage management to continue promoting deep, thoughtful and proprietary research. It pays to be differentiated and to allow analysts the time and resources necessary to do thoughtful work.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Strong performance, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Junior bankers (analyst and associates) are among the best on Wall Street. Great exit opportunities to PE and advancement within the firm.

    Cons

    Minimal work/life balance. Deferred compensation.

  3. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse

    Pros

    Good work culture and team oriented

    Cons

    Slow adopting to change in the business.

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  5. Pretty Good Expericnce

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Good work zone, and Good salaries

    Cons

    Career growth is kind of slow and no significant cons to say

    Advice to Management

    Clean some trash from the company and everything will be fine

  6. PMO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse

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

    Pros

    Great people who have a great deal of subject matter expertise and who are willing to extend themselves outside their specific assigned role.

    Cons

    Due to being a global centralized organization with limited regional authority, decisions are difficult to make in a timely manner including over local staff and requesting critical additional resources

  7. Investment Banker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time

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

    Pros

    Tier 1 bank. You work with a lot of smart people. If you are on the younger side, you will like the fast paced and intense work culture, opportunities to travel, live in or visit NYC etc.

    Cons

    As with any organization, there are political tussles, but generally they treat people more or less fairly. Once in a while they seem to get hit with some fine or the other which penalizes everyone for the screw up of a few bad individuals. The bank cannot do anything about this, but the system should be geared to more going after the individuals that make mistakes personally rather than levying massive fines on the bank itself, as it is very unfair for all other employees putting in hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged with all levels of employees. Be more aggressive in managing work culture such that a few bad apples do not spoil outcomes for whole company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager, Legal

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

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working in-house is way better than working for a big firm. Work-life balance is average for a big company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of contract employees and the company is very reluctant to hire people. The constant rotation of contract employees and consultants make long term projects difficult and teams are constantly having to waste time training new people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw away the resources that you've invested in good people. Stop using contractors for everything and letting them walk out the door after you've trained them to be an asset to the company. Employees have ownership over their work in the long-term. Contract employees don't have the same incentives.

  9. avp

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in day to day work

    Cons

    Stale growth .depends on division growth will be..

  10. Global Service Operations

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at Credit Suisse (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Credit Suisse is a company full of good, hard-working staff whom are very dedicated, smart and loyal. This global company has been around for over 150 years and has a lot of tradition associated with the brand name. There are opportunities all over the globe for those who wish to see the world.

    Cons

    IT areas are going through yet another transition. Since around 2005 pressure to reduce costs has resulted in several iterations of IT with off-shoring to India and now to Poland. While the Management tell us that this is a "Center of Excellence" strategy they should really just call it what is is - cheap labor. Unfortunately I feel there will be many lay-offs in higher cost locations in the USA and Europe in the coming year.

    Advice to Management

    Start leading and be honest. We are all aware of what is going on and will work with you to continue to make Credit Suiise a premier brand.

  11. Research Librarian

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Credit Suisse

    Pros

    Very warm people good atmosphere to work in staff very welcoming and friendly. Good location, much diversity and inclustion

    Cons

    always looking for cheap way out

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