Credit Suisse
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Credit Suisse Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Mar 13, 2014
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Credit Suisse CEO, Credit Suisse Group and Credit Suisse Brady W. Dougan

Brady W. Dougan

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    Typical investment banking culture

    Investment Banking Analyst (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Proswork-life balance / culture of tech group in sf relatively better than other bulge brackets. Chance to work with talented and smart group of people

    Conscompensation is average to below average

    Advice to Senior Managementlosing ground to other ibanks

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    A lot of work with limited upside

    Associate (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood learning experience and a team that was strong. I worked quite a few interesting projects

    ConsLimited mobility in the job. during my tenure, there were quite a few lay offs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFriendly working environment, great benefits, management is willing to listen to any problem you may have, hours are flexible

    ConsIt is an extremely competitive company, expect to work your tail off, can be quite stressful at times depending on what your job encompasses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Private Bank // Low-pressure Firm to Enter Industry

    Associate, Private Bank (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLow-pressure, no selling, all admin work

    ConsNo career ladder, only way to grow is to leave

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    World class financial services firm with great leadership and industry leading product capabilities

    Managing Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat team, good strategy, leading product skills

    ConsDifficult industry and competitive environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to retain and attract top talent to remain competitive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They definitely look out for themselves.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart and aggressive people. Being a part of a large investment bank. Easy to network. Good name recognition and brand.

    ConsIf you are not in Private Banking you need to be in New York to advance. Constant management shake ups. Groups renamed. New bosses just shake up things just to be different from the previous guy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much instability within my group. We changed our group name 3 times and had several different bosses in which you constantly had to explain what you did and then hope they understood. But not likely...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Investment banking associate

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood deal flow, wide variety of deal types.
    Lots of responsibility, associate often called upon to put together the entire book with little initial direction
    Fast paced, like drinking from a firehose.

    ConsBecause the levels above abdicate some of the presentation creation to the associate and only parachute in after a draft is complete, you often end up wasting work when they change their mind.
    The review cycle is a joke. New York groups know how to play the game and trump other regional groups during review cycle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look at your review process. It isn't really 360 and games are played.

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    Great place to work

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe firm has a lot of momentum after the financial downturn, as several of its major compeitors (i.e. Lehman, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch) are no longer around.

    ConsThere is no life-work balance in investment banking. People will ALWAYS expect you to put your job ahead of your life. Vacation is generally something one has to "earn" and actively seek; otherwise, you'll spend all your time in the office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm can distinguish itself more from the competition by taking a more bottoms-up approach. By that, I mean allowing junior people take on "real" responsibility, have more active roles in client relationships, and be encouraged to go outside their comfort zones / positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Alternative Investments makes the firm stand out.

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGlobal Capabilities were strong and interaction between zurich and NY worked fairly well. Alternative Investment capabilities were a strong plus.

    ConsRegional management was not as strong as national management in New York, San Francisco offices were outdated compared to competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement navigated the credit crisis very well but brand recognition is still not as high as it should be even with less competitors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad place to learn and grow.

    Investment Banking Analyst (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat place to launch career if straight out of college. Definitely builds strong work ethics, and you do get rewarded for hard work and good performance. The exit opportunities once you have completed the banking program are broad, and if you develop good relationships with your senior peers, they will definitely support your cause.

    ConsDownsides are the bureaucratic nature of the company and the highly political nature of the work environment. But those exist in any large corporation. You just have to know how to play it to your advantage. This again is not particular to the Company, but the work life balance is definitely not optimal. You will work more than you have ever expected, and predictability of freedom is nonexistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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