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Updated November 10, 2017
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  1. "Prepare to be underwhelmed"

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

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

    Pros

    Great access to modern tech. Good benefits package. Annual leave = minimum allowed by law, but can buy more.

    Cons

    Management has no interest in listening to suggestions or in changing anything. As far as they're concerned, they're doing well so there's no need to improve anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the culture of rewarding your friends and focus on merit.


  2. "More Finance/Admin than IT Type Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - pension, annual leave, sick pay
    Ability to work from home when required
    Some flexibility around working hours

    Cons

    IT project work is mainly off-shore. Belfast office only seems to get some code updates to work on. Not good if you want to have a career or progress a career in IT.
    Poor management
    Long and late hours expected to get work done - but no compensation for this
    Sterile workplace - factory feel
    People quite tense and under stress and pressure

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    "Technology Division"

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    Former Intern - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company with a lot of opportunities.
    Pleasant people.
    Good compensation.

    Cons

    The technology division is very underdeveloped and poor.
    Technology is treated as a cost center despite so few developers.
    On-boarding process was an absolute nightmare.
    I got to witness how high their technology staff turnover is. All of their graduates are leaving. A true testament to how good management and HR is at their jobs.
    Technical skills are not valued - networking and brown nosing is.


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    "Ok experienc ebut get out while the going is good"

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok training but not always relevant. Good leave package.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations over staff capacity-seen as a 'resource', lack of transparency over promotions, ridiculously confusing performance appraisal process which leads to this opaqueness over pay/promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Give people relevant goals and don't allow culture of bullying.


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    "Office politics ruins technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good salary if you get into a team with high visibility
    - Work hours are moderately relaxed for most teams

    Cons

    - Forget about promotion if you don't play the politics game
    - Company lacks technical leadership
    - Code quality varies a lot between teams
    - Agile is not properly applied

    Advice to Management

    You need to realise that developers are not costs but assets of the organisation.


  6. "poor management"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Citi (Less than a year)

    Pros

    poor management who stuck there for years.Not much progression to develop your career

    Cons

    big name. Good for work visa for foreigners.


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    "Potential to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citi (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employee benefits including enhanced pension and private medical.
    Great people in general to work with.
    Global employer so great opportunity to get exposure to a vast organisation and how it operates.

    Cons

    Impossible to influence anything as the organisation is so smothered in red tape and needless bureaucracy. Opportunities for growth in Belfast are limited as the senior roles are retained in the big cities.

    Advice to Management

    Address the huge attrition issue that the Belfast CSC is currently facing. Don't bury your head in the sand and take some hard decisions to revert the problem.

  8. "Middle office"

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    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


  9. "Vice President"

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    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


  10. "Not a very great experience"

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    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.


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