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Credit Suisse Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated March 13, 2014
Updated March 13, 2014
1,266 Reviews

3.4
1,266 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 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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  1.  

    Typical investment banking culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    compensation is average to below average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    losing ground to other ibanks

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of work with limited upside

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Private Bank // Low-pressure Firm to Enter Industry

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    Former Employee - Associate, Private Bank  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate, Private Bank in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Low-pressure, no selling, all admin work

    Cons

    No career ladder, only way to grow is to leave

    Recommends
  6.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great team, good strategy, leading product skills

    Cons

    Difficult industry and competitive environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to retain and attract top talent to remain competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They definitely look out for themselves.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Investment banking associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Because 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your review process. It isn't really 360 and games are played.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Alternative Investments makes the firm stand out.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a bad place to learn and grow.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Downsides 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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    No opinion of CEO

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