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  1. "Successful Turnaround"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time

    Pros

    Clear vision from the leadership, comp in line with the market, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Legacy bureaucracy issues seem to still persist, overly formal at times which is surprising given the size of the team, lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on cross-divisional integration


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Associate in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3i Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for with good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    I don’t have any; being listed does sometime make investments not easier

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Investor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time

    Pros

    Quality people, energetic and driven. Good team spirit. International footprint and available capital differentiate the business in the mid market.

    Cons

    remains slightly bureaucratic from its history.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and back office team

    Cons

    Top heavy Management and some deal team members divisive.


  5. "Working at 3i in London"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time

    Pros

    Salary, bonus and share investment scheme are good.
    Decent training.
    Strong position in European private equity. As everyone says, 3i is a good firm to have on your CV.
    Strong senior management.

    Cons

    Work is lacking in autonomy and heavily process-driven - you have very little say in what you do or how you do it.
    Has the structures and bureaucracy of a large corporate, but should be a nimble small firm.
    Segregation of teams into silos leads to inefficiencies and frustration.
    Support staff not valued; skills not utilised. Too much time spent on basic or redundant tasks.
    Office and facilities are not great.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on results, not processes. Break down barriers between teams. Move to a smaller, nicer office.


  6. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good performance over last few years, clear strategy and strong share price. Some excellent and loyal people.

    Cons

    Hard to engage with management and feel like an employee rather than colleague which is odd given size.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people elements more.


  7. "3i"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3i Group full-time

    Pros

    It's a great firm in my view

    Cons

    Not too many cons at the moment

  8. "Finance Team"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good work life balance
    -Bonuses above the average in middle/back office

    Cons

    -Overqualified staff
    -Too many layers of management for such a small organisation with such simple business - managers/directors/heads
    -Majority of directors have been at firm 10+ years, tend to block the development of more junior staff to secure their positions
    -Lots of people with 10+ experience waiting for redundancies and not very motivated/driven
    -Promotions are rarely based on talent/hard work recognition and more often forced by employees - 'promote me or I will leave'

    Advice to Management

    Don't let directors block the development of junior staff


  9. "Shambolic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had a well-known reputation as one of the UK's oldest financial institutions

    Some good people if they can last

    Cash-rich company

    Cons

    Right arm doesn't know what left arm is doing. Purchased debt business in 2012 and already selling it.
    Wrong people in top management
    Revolving door - people are hired only to leave . Best people seemed to leave in less than 24 months

    Advice to Management

    Find out what is really happening in your firm and hold your management accountable.
    Learn how to retain talent


  10. "Principal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at 3i Group full-time

    Pros

    Great and high quality people

    Cons

    Many old partners won't budge as they fill their greedy pockets