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Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Risk Solutions Manager for Large Corporate  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
Current Employee - Assistant Vice President - Risk Solutions Manager for Large Corporate in Lisbon (Portugal)

Pros

Good boutique, godd reputation and working conditions

Cons

Structure is too complex which makes big deals hard to get approved

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics, red tape, office gossip. It depends where you land (NH, London, HH)

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - Good compensation for either FTE or contract staff. Bonus is "ok" for financial services company, if you consider the economic climate and how boring the products actually are.
    - You can select the office location, either Northampton or Canary Wharf for management, more locations for non-management staff.
    - The colleagues are well educated, very social, friendly/polite and from good backgrounds. Capable.
    - There is a lot you can learn within the payments/credit card industry.

    Cons

    POLITICS:
    The amount of politics is mind-blowing. Barely anything gets done unless it goes up and down the entire hierarchy. Decisions-making, product-development and strategy processes will take ages. I have spent 1 year in this company and we as a team have not delivered anything so far.

    PRODUCTS
    Credits cards cater for a specific market and customer segment. Future of payments technology and processes is a question mark. Strong competition from all sides, i.e. which are more innovative and interesting/appealing to customers.

    Work attitude
    People are hired to get warm bodies onto seats and to keep them busy (at least trying to keep them busy). Nothing significant gets done in BC Global or BCE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is not connected to the actual staff and live in their own world. Management team are certainly capable of understanding subject matter but otherwise not capable of anything else, i.e. innovations or managing staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong brand and a desire to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Better capitalised than many and still independent of Government. Flexible working practices and premises mainly of good quality. Credit function becoming more enlightened despite difficult economic conditions

    Cons

    Role scope creep with no discussion of improved remuneration is typical. Change of approach many years ago means that development of internal talent seems a secondary priority to hiring so called "top talent" from other banks. Some of these "hires" clearly knwo how to play the "Top Grading" game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer career paths for internal candidates and reward talent better. Stop calling performance related pay a discretionary bonus - retail/corporate bankers will never earn the bonuses of the investment banking community and it is like comparing apples and oranges.

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