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Investec Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Investec full-time

    Pros

    I worked for the Investment Banking group in Corporate Finance in Hong Kong. The team was small but extremely helpful especially for a young entry level team member.

    Every single questions I asked was answered regarding complex financial modelling, or using the somewhat complicated Bloomberg Terminals.

    It is an open seating plan so everyone is quite approachable.

    The view is fantastic over the harbor in the IFC building.

    Cons

    It is a small company, so the deal sizes aren't always going to be big compared to the bulge bracket investment banks like UBS, Goldman, JP Morgans, etc.

    The lunch spots are quite expensive. Bowl of Noodles could cost you $50+ more.

    It is a very corporate environment, and hours are not as flexible like a startup.

    Salaries are not great for young talent compared to larger firms.

    Pathway to promotions are not the most direct.


  2. "Uninspiring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management has generally been promoted to several levels above their ability on the basis of being South African, or non - confronting the status quo and understanding how to drive the business up, so out of ignorance, they leave you alone.

    Cons

    Salary is below average, bonuses tend to be hogged by senior insecure London bankers and organisation operates in a client vacuum. Aspiring to mediocrity is not ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    Do not just promote people who kiss your butt or who happen to be south African.

  3. "Satisfied ex employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of social events scheduled throughout the year

    Cons

    Upward mobility is a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  4. "Investec Cape Town"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and the best clients

    Cons

    not enough pay for the amount of work


  5. "Awesome company and amazing US effort until it all came to an end."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Investec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young dynamic team was really a promising environment to work in. Met amazing people and have always been looking for that environment.

    Cons

    Based out of SA and had to scratch their US business in 03 because of alleged money laundering


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team of people, good relationships with clients, small office.

    Cons

    There were no cons at this job.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with a great group of people. There is little to no bureaucracy in day to day activities. It was a small group and they taught me a lot.

    Cons

    Didn't have tons of work to do all of the time. I found that it wasn't the direction I wanted to take.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. I would say the people I worked for were incredibly competent and intelligent. I learned a lot.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Investec full-time

    Pros

    Lean management structure
    Room to progress

    Cons

    Brand name in Australia


  9. "Investec back office"

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    Former Employee - Back Office Administrator in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Back Office Administrator in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at Investec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small teams
    Respectful employers
    Room to work way up the ladder
    Many benefits including health care and yearly performance bonus

    Cons

    Not very flexible with working hours, only seem to offer full time positions
    Have to apply via specific recruitment agencies


  10. "Investment Assistant - Wealth & Investment"

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    Former Employee - Investment Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, coffee, standing desks, modern office, sponsorship and reputation within the industry but that's it. By far the worst place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    The wealth management arm of Investec is stuck in the 1970s both in terms of technology and attitude. Salary is appalling for a London firm and bonuses/salary come out of the managers pockets which means most managers are reluctant to pay their assistants well. Equally there is little investment in improving infrastructure as it means less money in the investment managers pockets. Promotion to Investment Director is based on AUM and somehow that means new investment directors can suddenly manage people or a team without any prior experience or training. Studying for exams/ working hard is pointless unless it is convenient for your manager that you progress, which is unlikely as they rely on you to pick up the slack whilst they're out on 3 hour lunches. Nepotism is rife with fathers, sons, and uncles working on the same team and people are hired/promoted based on who they know rather than being right for the role/merit.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all staff not just level 4s and above! Train managers on how to manage people. Encourage development not just when it's convenient. Encourage equal opportunities.


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