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3i Group Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Exciting time for growth if you're in the right role"

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

    Pros

    Really ambitious and engaged team of people who want to make a difference.

    International team also means travel opportunities and a chance to work with a range of people/cultures.

    Cons

    Support staff aren't treated in the same light as the investors.

    Advice to Management

    Provide the same opportunities for progression and remuneration to all role types.


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was a really good sense amongst people of wanting to do the best job they could

    Cons

    Some 'stars' whose behaviours did not match the values

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Investment Director in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Investment Director in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 3i Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management. Inconsistent strategy. Poor selection of coffee.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great company, the university of the UK PE industry."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The training was second to none and the sense of camaraderie was tremendous. Young guys were given responsibility at an early stage of their career

    Cons

    Lack of clarity about internal decisions and company strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "There is a lot of opportunity but it is what you make of it."

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    Former Employee - Investment Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3i Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for broad range of exposure to different parts of the business if you have a willingness to take on new challenges. There is a willingness to let people advance new ideas. Generally good camaraderie.

    Cons

    Can be very political - especially in terms of advancement and bonuses. People who go farthest are the best self-promoters which is a shame as often good talent is overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Look past the veneer of who you are advancing!


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