FirstRand Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. Market Risk Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Risk Analyst in Sandton (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Market Risk Analyst in Sandton (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FirstRand full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is a hub of the best talent and most qualified professionals that are always willing to engage anyone interested in work issues.

    Cons

    The flat structure is good for driven individuals. If you are not motivated, you will find yo in the yourself in the same position after many years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the good talent spotting. Also keep up with listening to needs and suggestions of employees.


  2. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I have been working at FirstRand as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment. Lots of opportunity to be innovative

    Cons

    Facing same turmoil as most other financial institutions - very little security

    Advice to Management

    Great culture (although not consistently applied across all areas) Talent management and development should be applied throughout all divisions, consistently


  3. An excellent organization, providing staff with incredible opportunities in financial services

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Treasury in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Treasury in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FirstRand full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Owner manager culture allows the freedom to control ones own career path and the opportunity to work in a very dynamic work environment

    Cons

    The flat organization structure can hinder decisions being made in the best interests of the best of the organization.


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  5. World Class employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head/Director Level in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head/Director Level in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence and freedom to excel in a large company. FirstRand has a great culture of owner managers. Each business unit is run independently and autonomously and the management can make decisions. There is no top down approach.

    Cons

    The Group needs to consolidate bit more so that each one knows what is happening in the different parts. This is a natural downside to the owner manager approach i a large organization, as some business units then tend to be silos on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the independent owner manager approach going, its great


  6. A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FirstRand as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are generally friendly and helpful, and understanding when there is a problem such as not being able to meet a deadline. The company treats perm and contract staff well, even sending contractors for training.

    Cons

    Company is quite disorganised and, in many ways, not at a high level of maturity. Some people are just coasting.


  7. You are enabled to build your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FirstRand full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful colleagues Prompts studying and funds studies with the company Very supportive in your self development

    Cons

    You need to be willing to push your career and ideas and follow up. It is in the financial industry and highly you must be aware that this is a job and unfortunately jobs can be lost.


  8. Working at Rand Merchant Bank

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Its a great culture. The experience you gain is very in depth.

    Cons

    It requires a sociable person and this could be a con if you are a person that does not like to socialize with your colleagues. Its not a structured environment and if you are used to strict standard etc, you may find it hard to manage those your self.

    Advice to Management

    RMB is a great place to work. Keep on doing what you have been doing with regard to allowing employees their independence. Try and encourage more adoption of standards with regard to technology and produce more documentation to avoid key man dependencies.


  9. First National Bank, discounted rates but not all that nice to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Manager in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Premier Manager in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Staff Rates on Bonds and Vehicle Finance. Free training provided. Educationa loans

    Cons

    Beauracratic Management style. Quick to retrench and restructure without listening to alternatives. Senior Management are not held accountable for poor management and performance of respective departments. Unfair incentive scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Have regular feedback sessions with staff to ensure that you know what is going on in the office. Request proposals from staff to ensure that you have a bigger picture when making decisions. Introduce alternative employment instead of retrenchment.



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