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Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. "Good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Many interlinked departments, so you learn a lot and fast.

    Cons

    Don't pay the same as the peers.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citi full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team, nice building, good use of foreign language practice. I enjoyed my time there and learnt about finance and related matters

    Cons

    Long hours, repetitive work, low pay compared to both Belfast salaries, and Citi salaries in London. Bad aggressive impatient clients to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Share strategy with junior staff, increase pay and bonus structure, give more opportunity to take part in other tasks

  3. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, superb IT systems compared to other places I worked. Good benefits and pay is decent. It really depends on the team you work in.

    Cons

    US centric, management changes very often. You see people retired in the company but that's the old days. I was there during the cost cutting time, it was tough. I felt like the cut was more directed to outside US locations.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people, promote communication


  4. "SVP Technology Infrastructure"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Technology in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citi full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, Global scope, variety and plenty of opportunity to progress if you are open to it and/or work hard to prove yourself.

    Cons

    Very short term approach on decision making, in Technology there's too much focus on location strategy and cost savings with quality and employee loyalty suffering.

    Advice to Management

    Specifically in London and other high cost locations, be honest and open with your employees regarding planned redundancies. Don't say one thing and do another.


  5. "Middle Office"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    enjoy the people at Citi, I have also progressed rather quickly which has also been a pro and had 2 promotions within 2 years at the firm

    Cons

    work life balance can struggle at certain times of the year, I dont believe the pay is up to standard for an investment bank, even if Belfast is a 'low cost' area.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your staff fairly, keep a work life balance in mind and also dont go easy on people that slack and make others pick up their work


  6. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global and proud of it, at Citi there are many talented people from a wide variety of countries, making it a diverse environment within which to learn.

    Cons

    As with many large institutions, suffers from bureaucracy and over-burdened with regulation, making it tough to get business done.


  7. "Good people, poor training"

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

    Pros

    Some great people working there

    Cons

    No formal on the job training - gave brief finance and IT training but irrelevant and basic

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff - don't assume peers will just automatically share knowledge especially on complex trading issues

  8. "Generally good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Citi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, flexible and accommodating approach to work

    Cons

    Well being peer organisations in pay

    Advice to Management

    Reflect other companies in the area for pay and more people will stay, so experience doesn't walk out the door.


  9. "No progression"

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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

    Pros

    using latest open source technologies

    Cons

    no salary increase for years


  10. "Need to retain good technical staff"

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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
    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.


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