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Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Upper management is great to work with and understands the need for a work life balance (in 536 reviews)

  • Flexible work arrangement - many people can work from home or have flexible working hours (in 214 reviews)

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  1. "$$ 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


  2. "Middle office"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great range of training, well known bank, good salary

    Cons

    Hard for work life balance, poor management decisions on processes, promotions based on friendships as opposed to performance, less holidays than most European banks

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more regarding implementation of processes especially when they do not make any sense and cost more time/money


  3. "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Citi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Flexible working
    2. Good Benefits
    3. Mature Processes

    Cons

    1. Bureaucracy in processes
    2. Senior Management in IT
    3. Lack of progression

    Advice to Management

    Provide visibility to top performers


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  5. "Not a very great experience"

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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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great environment and teams to work with.

    Cons

    Technology can be behind at times.
    Senior management running the organisation with no clear vision except cost cutting and always hide behind their managers for not delivering.
    Talent is not really rewarded, instead bureaucracy is.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people with respect.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Citi Belfast - many pros, but cons are definitely a big factor too"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Citi full-time

    Pros

    Work has good level of complexity ... there is plenty of it ... it is varied
    Global organization with (theoretically at least) global opportunities
    Decent benefit package
    Modern offices with good facilities and location

    Cons

    Work-life balance - seen as a resource, not a human being by management. The expected norm seems to be like pre-9am to post-5pm with virtually zero breaks. On top of this expected-overtime, occasional over-overtime can be demanded
    Culture seems to be work-hard, not work-hard-play-hard, it's just all about cranking stuff out as quickly as humanly possible before the next tasks come flying at you. Don't think I've smiled more than a dozen times since I started in the company ... it is literally that work-oriented
    Politics - seems that tenure/connections/seniority can be more important than knowledge/objective idea value
    Some very knowledgeable and helpful colleagues, some opposite to that, which can be frustrating given point above about politics
    Salary increases and convoluted annual review process. Working here may mean you fall behind peers outside of Citi, who in addition to higher salary could also have better work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Try going back to the floor. Randomly pick some teams and people, then sit with them for a few hours and honestly assess if the way they have to work is creating a sustainable high performance culture


  7. "the way things are going"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Citi full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    i could have wrote a lot ten years ago but now i cant think of anything to put here sorry

    Cons

    roles in the UK are being pushed to cheaper operating locations, from a business point you cant understand but not the same high levels of service


  8. "VP"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You work on every thing from A - Z in the project, so you get a lot of confidence and experience on a range of things in the tech world.

    Cons

    Largely depends on the team you work. Poor management , lack of planning, favouritism. Very poor work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right amount of good candidates. Lot of the teams are understaffed and lead by people who are keen to achieve their personal bonus/promotion targets but deliver sub standard deliverables.


  9. "working at canary Wharf"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Citi as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, nice location and great canteen

    Cons

    poor work life balance. broken promises

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff, and act upon it


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and cons"

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is a plus, bupa health insurance

    Cons

    Promotion is offered to those who are favourites, not those who actually do the work

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees fairly..


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Depends entirely on which department you get placed in"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Came in as a graduate and received 8 weeks of training on capital markets and technical areas: basic java, SQL, python etc.

    Goof pension contribution
    Bupa Health Care

    Cons

    Very corporate, very much a case of having to be seen to do things by the right people if you want a promotion.

    They expect you to work unpaid overtime as and when needed.

    Moral is generally pretty low.

    Graduates are often neglected once they've completed training.

    Advice to Management

    You should provide better support to your graduates once they have completed induction training.



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