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State Street Reviews in London, England

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,390 Reviews
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State Street President and CEO Joseph (Jay) L. Hooley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with potential to work from home or create a flexible schedule (in 132 reviews)

  • The flex work schedule, most people have an option to work from home twice a week (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is one of their "core tenets" but they don't practice what they preach (in 42 reviews)

  • long hours, too much operational work, not so many bright people that can inspire you (in 57 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work at, even if you're new to finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open to new ideas, provide training opportunities, discuss your career path

    Cons

    Not easy to get promoted, takes several decision layers and might take a while, Lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To think more carefully where to allocate the budget to. While some initiatives are brilliant and worth doing, others seem a waste of time and money.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Internship at State Street

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Markets Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Markets Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at State Street as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment to work in

    Cons

    Things can be a little slow to move during interview process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have worked anywhere else this will be worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    They pay you each month (nowhere near the market rate but they do pay you!)
    "Welcome to State Street" seems a nice thing to say but it is the phrase they use to new hires when the new hire questions the ludicrous ways that State Street does things! Translates to "I know its absolutely ridiculous but don't even bother thinking you're going to change anything."

    Cons

    No strategy.
    Unbelievably status oriented. Don't bother having any ideas about how you could improve things- it's only your boss who can have ideas. And don't try arranging a meeting with someone of a higher "bank grade" or sending them an email. They won't respond.
    Dictatorial
    Culture of presenteeism. You need to be seen to be in the office and for extended hours. It's not about what you deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it all up and sell the business to someone who knows how to run a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do not take a job with them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good training.

    Cons

    The salary is crap and when you get promoted you are told that we cannot give you anymore as we just don't have the money but please take on the extra responsibility and extra hours for nothing because you should just love to work for us !!
    There isn't much in terms of progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the salary to market level. The reason why everyone is leaving. Then you just end up paying for recruitment costs and having to pay the new person the market rate and then have the learning curve which you could've avoided if you just paid the current employee the right wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Tremendous Changes underway. Company evolving. Can old managers lead in this new regime, time will tell. I hope so.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot can be said about this company that is good.

    Collaboration and Values and creating the future is the order of the day... "Perhaps the decade..." In fact it is a literal minefield of change... but this could be considered a positive thing, and for those who which to success they must embrace it. it can still be a fantastic place to acquire knowledge and skills. (Still...!)

    Work-Life Balance is good and perhaps getting better for those where the opportunity fits.. (Flexible work arrangements are possible, and a level of telecommuting can be optimised for certain roles but this is somewhat rare.)

    State Street has been known for technology in the past, but lots has been going on and especially for employee, the presences of new technologies has never been more obvious. The double edge sword of newer technology here is that employee are expected or assumed to adapt to it. (Well they better.) IT support is self-service, iLearn training is self-service, even social networks are growing dubbed Collaborate aka SharePoint for work and social networking, you better get clicking. So to get the most out of your career, you "must" become savvy to these technologies.

    Cons

    Transformation is rampant, sometimes it means job changes, sometimes outsourcing, but again the attitude here is key... (Anyone who is not aware of Who Moved My Cheese, better read it...)

    There are many different departments and products so it is certainly possible to be locked in areas that are either down-siizng, offshoring, restructuring (transforming) and that can be stressful... Those that do not adapt well may feel can feel marginalised...

    Many managers do not take the time that they could to spread their knowledge.
      - Not to their own teams, and certainly not across other teams...
      - so collaboration in name sounds very cool, looking better and flashier at the top levels.
             (not so much at the middle levels. but creating the future is a work in progress.)

    IT support has been transitioning for years from a full service approach to a self-service approach..
      Those that do not adapt will suffer...

    (But for the people that adapt, IT support is fine, and expertise and documentation is out there for all)
        If IT spend is reduced by millions and millions, employees need to work smarter : Jury is out on this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not just looking for a pay check, some want good old fashioned, face-to-face inspiration. The top-down flashiness for management to share their values experiences is good in a way. Strengthening daily manager behaviour is better...

    If managers do not possess or exhibit the skills to mentor their staff, we are creating a class system rather than a community... managers in the new State Street need to be given tools to do their job better.

    Whether acquiring basic IT support, or job mentoring, or computer based and classroom based training, middle managers have not been trained or given the guidance to steer their staff better. Some will adapt because of their personal style, others will not unless they are told how.

    But most outside joiners find our support model a horrific change... probably due to managers not knowing what they should know. (a good model with good tools that is not trained well is perceived by newcomers as a bad model...)

    So either weed out managers who do not lead in the new regime, or train / prepare them appropriately to do so... the tools are definitely there but many managers do not care or know...

    Staff On-Boarding needs a major re-write... and the HR folks that institute a short welcome session is not appropriate to the task. (Day one should be about sorting out all incidentals from IT set-up to phone set-up to site tour to access to product info to culture and governance to assigning a big brother type mentor... And it should be by design.)

    There are so much on-line resources but most people cannot navigate it... so get a job aid in hand on day one... Instil values on day one, as your managers may or may not be doing that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work compared to larger Investment banks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice-President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice-President in London, England (UK)

    I worked at State Street full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Culture and people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Based in Canary Wharf, some management stuck in its ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    no real accounting, just data input

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at State Street full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great learning curve, easy to move teams

    Cons

    hard work doesn't really get appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at State Street

    Pros

    Friendly staff and opportunities to move within the firm.

    Cons

    Lack of quality training and a genuine interest in development, unmotivating surroundings, slow moving decisions making and corporate governance issues, too much office politics and way too Boston-centric in outlook, culture, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove redundant layers of management, be brave in positioning the firm for the future instead of taking baby steps forward

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience but not a place to stay long term.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at State Street

    Pros

    Company has grown consistently - even through the bad times.
    Job security

    Cons

    Compensation packages are poor and do not really improve in line with responsibility of promotion.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at State Street

    Pros

    - Work life balance.
    - Strong cost leadership.
    - Acquisitive organisation - opportunities often exist to support integration of target organisations.
    - Opportunities for international travel and relocation exist

    Cons

    - Cost leadership at the expense of effective client support.
    - Aggressive outsourcing of operational functions was completed too quickly, without effective knowledge transfer to JV.
    - Limited specialist knowledge remains within local office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost leadership is all well and good, but don't let cost leadership determine the level of service which you are providing to clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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