If you are Swedish and want to work in NYC, it is highly recommended. They pay relatively well, you get great benefits (more European than typically American), and the atmosphere is no more or less intense than other firms. Given that Wall Street firms are contracting, smaller firms like Svenska Handelsbanken will have a better chance to compete, so going forward that should be a good thing for current and prospective employees of the firm.
Non-Swedes are not treated equally. Swedish is the language of choice in the office and it's rude to those who do not speak the language. Management does not discourage this, and in fact most of the bosses do it regularly when they are in town. Management is also disorganized, and the turnover at the top and amongst the employees is worrisome.
Advice to Management
Either fully support the NY office or close it. Right now it seems to be an afterthought.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Svenska Handelsbanken (London, England (UK)).
Applied Online which was a cv, cover letter and questions
Over the phone interview, question on myself and where I wanted to be
Then face to face. Really friendly environment
Make sure you understand the company culture, vales and beliefs. Overall the interviewer liked that I was young and saw myself in the company for the long term benefits
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