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Gulf International Bank Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Yahya Al-Yahya
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "ALM Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ALM in Manama (Bahrain)
    Former Employee - ALM in Manama (Bahrain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gulf International Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Attractive salaries, Good Environment.

    Cons

    Highest turnover i ever seen.
    Competition leads to leave the overall bank.


  2. "The Circus of banking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gulf International Bank full-time

    Pros

    A resort for Brits to work in prior to retirement

    Cons

    An appalling organization to work in compared to ANY other organization

    Advice to Management

    Stay blind, you're a joke

  3. "Just Terrible, don't even consider this bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gulf International Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Salaries ...... nothing else

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership
    Management is ver political and not performance based
    Huge chasm between employees and management
    Very focused on hierarchy FOR NO GOOD REASON
    Weak HR
    No one in this bank knows any policies, and they make up policies as they go.

    Advice to Management

    You have two options:
    1. Sell the bank
    2. FULLY MOVE AWAY FROM BAHRAIN very toxic management environment


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior System Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gulf International Bank full-time

    Pros

    ok ...has good wrking enviroments.

    Cons

    hire and fire of employee takes soon .

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Less than 1 year review 2015"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Recruitment Officer in Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Recruitment Officer in Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gulf International Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR management were excellent and Pay was great.

    Cons

    The selection of employees were poor and under qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Be selective in recruitment, avoid nepotism and favourism


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Stability"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gulf International Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries for insource and expats.

    Cons

    No stability, disorganized managments, easy to be fired, business is not doing good, low class health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Dont get red of loyal and hard workers esp. Insource, reduce costs by removing outsoyrce and old bloods.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manama (Bahrain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gulf International Bank (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative bank with lots of ideas

    Cons

    lack of Leadership not long term vision
    People management is at its lowest

    Advice to Management

    Clear and open communication

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Politically Chaotic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Virtually owned by Saudi Public Investment Fund and historically been bailed out by owners and will probably get bailed out again in the nearest economic downfall
    - Is more than 40 years old now
    - In a prime location in Manama, Bahrain
    - Offers mildly good corporate rates and discounts in Bahraink venues
    - Orhanizes fairly good social events for its staff in Bahrain and Saudi
    - Good pan-GCC medical insurance (doesn't cover parents like other banks do)

    Cons

    - Fundamentally driven by politics
    - Abscens of present or future direction/strategy and continues to be unsustainable
    - Lacks in transparency, gossip is a hard currency
    - No learning and development, in fact, professionals are more likely to lose certificates (due to expiration) than gain any
    - Attracts and allows recruitment of under-qualified, mentally unstable, tayrant-like and underachieving top/middle management
    - Blame, disrespect and fear is widely spread

    Advice to Management

    Nationalize and increase investments in: learning and development, market research & intelligence, technology and human capital.
    Pay attention to the importance of ethics business across all functions and levels of the organization.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Change plan every other day, no leadership, no vision"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gulf International Bank full-time

    Pros

    Bahrain based if you are able but moving more and more to Saudi.

    Cons

    staff constantly in fear of job loss, business all over the place changing ideas weekly, the sole of the organisation seems lost, no positive leadership from senior management, communication only negative. Management come and go frequently, both are told they are going, then last minute they must stay, then go. Its unstable, unsettling and unprofessional with one of the worse HR departments in the Gulf. Turning from Bahrain to Saudi management bank with many many problems.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan, involve the staff, make a positive professional working enironment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Gulf International Bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Branch Operations Manager in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Regional Branch Operations Manager in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational organization , various knowledge , new challenges,

    Cons

    Not organized, not clear strategy, not clear message from Management ,


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