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Updated May 19, 2017
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Citi Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup Michael Corbat
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Pros
  • Upper management is great to work with and understands the need for a work life balance (in 551 reviews)

  • Flexible work arrangement - many people can work from home or have flexible working hours (in 216 reviews)

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  1. "London - Markets Security Service Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Felt valued and opportunity to establish long term career.

    Able to rise up in ranks if driven enough.

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Same as every big banks, bureaucracy. Sometimes too policy driven lost focus on value add delivery

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy. more focus on technical expertise and value engineering excellence more, in 'real' senses.


  2. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good company and very good work environment in the Internal Audit department. Salaries are good although not excellent compared to the market.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like it's too big and humans relationships are managed poorly. There are no bonuses in Internal Audit. Career mobility is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in people technical development. People is what matter the most and requires constant attention from the management.


  3. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citi (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, on-site restaurant and gym, quality office chairs, pleasant people

    Cons

    I worked there for over 3 years, was respected, well liked and and enjoyed my job - however I was never offered a permanent role and as such needed to move on. Extensive background check, even for freelance roles. Long hours.

    Advice to Management

    commit to hiring good people, make any freelance role that lasts over two years a perm role


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  5. "Citi review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intermediate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, the people, very diverse, not too stressful, great work/life balance

    Cons

    pay not as high as the other US banks, some departments feel like the goverment in that there is stagnation and people not carrying their weight that sort of thing


  6. "Treasury & Trade Solutions - Spring Insight"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Spring Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Spring Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citi as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the TTS department are all genuinely so nice and down to earth - every employee at Citi I have met have really put the time into teaching us what the work involved, making it seem like an amazing environment to work in.

    Cons

    Citi in London is extremely big and it can be pretty segregated between departments.


  7. "Credit analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit & Portfolio Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit & Portfolio Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    interesting job, glad to be here

    Cons

    salary low, still happy to be here


  8. "Exciting but at times unfocused"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, talented people who are passionate and highly collaborative.

    Cons

    Some spend far much time spent on pleasing senior people or on low value added schmoozing.

    Advice to Management

    Be focussed, deliver but try not to get too drawn into the schmoozing and posturing.


  9. "No progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    using latest open source technologies

    Cons

    no salary increase for years


  10. "Need to retain good technical staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time

    Pros

    Good friendly staff for the most part
    Work/Life balance not bad for a bank
    Able to work on global projects with lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Use of low cost locations for IT staff but not getting good staff. If you are in London/NY/Singapore you are marked as expensive and most likely be replaced at some point by someone cheaper. Nothing wrong with this as a business strategy if the people you are replaced by are good but most of the new people we employ in low cost locations are very poor. Depends a lot on location though, generally the people in eastern europe (Poland, Hungary etc) have fairly decent skills but now most of the staff are in Pune, India and 90% of them seem to have very poor technical skills. There are a few good staff there of course but they are the minority.

    Management skills (particularly if you talk a good story and suck up to your managers) are rewarded far more than technical skills. It's very difficult to make SVP as a technical person even if you are extremely skilled and almost indispensable (ie. the only person left that understands a system), yet even very mediocre managers with small teams get to SVP and Director level with little problem.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting a small number of good technologists at whatever price it takes, rather than hundreds of cheap people that just waste everyones time and do very little useful work.


  11. "$$ Saves before people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Been here over 10 years working in technology .. it's been a good ride up till the last couple of years.. great people who are committed to change things. Great on the CV, but look around you.

    Cons

    So much out sourcing going on and using vendors we are seeing skill gaps grow and end up being at the Bec and call of vendors who continue to talk fluff... The very senior people in CTI are so focused of saving $$ that people are now being left behind and SMT are so far away from the coal face, making people redundant with no evidence of reductions in Work loads... attitude from management to other people is to suck it up... we have see risk from vendors who have questions raised on how they do things...a ticking time bomb for audit fails... it's all about $$ saves and not people... and the senior management wonder why they get low scores on VOE ....

    Advice to Management

    Stop reading about leadership... you are just a good bunch of managers who assume you are leaders because of your position..... know what your people do and get rid of this culture of double standards... it's been very disappointing to see that the tech part of Citi is so
    Far behind the rest of the firm in culture and the way people are looked at for equal opportunity... can't wait to leave this place


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