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Credit Suisse London Reviews

Updated January 16, 2017
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  1. "DTP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DTP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - DTP in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work schedule can be pretty flexible / varied
    You can just do the bare minimum of your job or if you want more responsibility, variety, bit of a challenge then projects are usually there for a get goer

    Cons

    People can be clicky and/or too nosey
    You could easily get bored if you stick to the bare minimum of your role
    Not rewarded fairly

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employers better, especially those who go above and beyond their base role and rate them fairly and not within the confines of limited allocations


  2. "Very nice tram with not too bad hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The juniors are very close also as friends

    Cons

    If you don't have work you need to go around and ask everyone

    Advice to Management

    NA


  3. "quant risk analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Credit suisse has a nice professional and personal life balance. It is a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Downsides are the current strategy and the current environment. There is a constant change.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Business analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    More laid back then american banks and people are quite friendly. Salary seems decent but lower then other banks for the same role.

    Cons

    Can be alot of politics. Recently given the recent changes with the ceo and company direction which has resulted in alot of job losses the atmosphere has been very depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the politics and set a clear path for the future in terms of what the new changes the ceo is making mean for the employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "CRO function"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CS is a strong brand and a market leader in many areas over the years - although changes are afoot with the major restructuring and job losses happening in 2016 after the arrival of a new CEO.

    Cons

    CS has rested on its laurels in some areas with many senior staff having been there for years and years and fairly reluctant to consider let alone embrace change - which is probably why there is such a restructuring occurring now with a new CEO who arrived from outside.

    Advice to Management

    CS senior management need to be less cliquey and lead by example, rather than paying 'lip service', when it comes to improving the conduct and behaviour culture.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Technology Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Credit Suisse full-time

    Pros

    - Easy life, work-life overly balanced to life (not gonna complain)
    - Good gym at work
    - Friendly people

    Cons

    - Promotion process is political. doesn't matter how well you perform - the person joined before you needs to be promoted before you....lead to the question of why trying hard? Would be great for individuals that want a stable, orderly career, where you will get at least 1 promotion in your life time(because they need to promote your performing subordinate that's behind you in the queue)
    - internal mobility is hard. They rather hire someone younger than you externally, than mobiling someone with relevant experience. (Been asked of my age at internal mobility interviews)
    - pay structure is lose, guidelines from HR not adhered by management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Easy to shine, careful not to get left behind"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're good you'll succeed. Plenty of room to grow your platform. You'll find like-minded individuals who want to foster growth and build businesses.

    Cons

    Incompetence ranging from junior to senior levels. For some reason less apt employees cling to the firm for ages missing RIF and RIF...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Former graduate review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient location
    Very competitive salary
    Good building conditions
    Good canteen
    Very good lower level management

    Cons

    Little development from a technical perspective
    Overly bureaucratic
    Technology is outdated
    Lack of clear direction
    Poor senior management in most cases
    Microsoft centric

    Advice to Management

    I would certainly keep the graduate program.
    I would however completely overhaul the Technology Services department as I think that both the technology and ideas in place are outdated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience, not where you'll build a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Credit Suisse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Difficult and interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    Bureaucratic & distinct lack of bank-wide strategy. Everything has an exception process. Where a strategy is being employed (technology perspective) this seems to be an unrealistic "one size fits all" one. High cost locations like London are being aggressively shrunk

    Advice to Management

    Recognise the value of competent software developers in "high cost locations" which you are trying to ramp down in. Smaller, local teams are much more effective than small armies in "centres of excellence"


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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)
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Credit Suisse (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay and benefits
    Nice People
    Gym Onsite

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Constant Uncertainty as to reporting line

    Advice to Management

    Get your priorities right



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