Pros – lots of freedom (this was up until 2002), great place to work and realize ideas, independent thinking was important to management.
Cons – went out of business, due to client retaliation, which is a shame: good engineers, good architects, wouldn't want to miss the time in my life.
Advice to Senior Management – never put all of your key account eggs in one basket, that is what killed off ifb, for sure, unfortunately.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – if you want to understand how a bank runs effectivly (financial management, risk management) ifb is a great place to learn it. For every important topic you're going to find an expert. You'll also link into an wide network of the German financial industry.
Cons – The management team doesn't lead the company. It's more a muddling through and the different business units just do what they think it's right for them.
Advice to Senior Management – Built an effective middle management and let them do there job.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend