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Incompetent middle management seeking to chop the tall poppies

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at Citi full-time (more than an year)

Pros

- Locations all around the world.

- A successful transaction processing business.

- A big brand name on your CV

Cons

- Incompetent middle managers whose main responsibilities seem to be to "fabricate relevance", "only pretend to add value" and "brown-nosing".

- Dirty Politics

- Tall poppies will be chopped.

- Absolutely no respect for employees & their personal time

- Startlingly low diversity, especially at the tech & ops. division. If you aren't in the "correct" ethnic group & sub group, you don't stand a chance.

- Merit has little value, only brown-nosing to be part of the right clique can get you ahead

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Value the people you "manage" (or "fail to manage effectively"), you are irrelevant without them.

- Respect the people who can actually deliver, especially if you are not one of them.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Citi is all about who you know, not what you know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Citi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location, access to online training, options for moving internally.

    Cons

    Networking overrated. Lack of meritocracy. Lack of management visibility. Poor decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Love the place. A pity about the politics.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director (ICG)
    Former Employee - Managing Director (ICG)

    I worked at Citi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The smart people (and lifetime friendships), the business buzz, the blue chip client franchise, the well-resourced infrastructure (esp from the outside looking in), the opportunities to experience and grow as a professional.

    Cons

    The size, and the dysfunctional that is a consequence. You can be rated high-potential one year, and be made redundant the next if you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your gender diversity stats, and the number of hi-pos you are losing, voluntarily or involuntarily. Great respect for Corbat, but I wonder if he's really got his eye on the talent drain. The company is managing by numbers and not by focusing on the lifeblood of its business -- its people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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