Former Organizational Effectiveness & Recruitment Data Management Analyst at Citi
over 2 years ago
Citi is an stunning organization. The people who you work with are extremely passionate individuals. You are not only limited to learn and get support from upper management but also from everyone you get to meet in the organization. In my particular case, my managers were outstanding. I recall to have excellent training during my first weeks, which was very organized, supportive and clear. After that, we had periodical meeting to discuss topics related to what we have been working, to make suggestions and how to help the organization as a whole. My recommendations were taken very serious and implemented in my team and that makes you feel amazing because you bring something to help others out. The support I received not only made me a better professional but also a better person for the challenges that I might face ahead in my life.
Citi is a very large organization, and Quantitative Trader falls under a very specific sub-domain of the overall business. From a personal perspective, I would say it'd be unrealistic to see an intern's result to stand out against the other hundreds of thousands of employees's hard work day by day. However, for the desk quant trader interns work on, and even for the Markets Division, the interns' work and thoughts are very much supported and appreciated.
Not much. Again, this is largely dependent on which group you're in, but senior level people spend lots of time out of the office in meetings, so don't expect to see them around that often. It doesn't hurt to make an effort to get to know them, particularly if they're Hamilton alums and work on your floor, but definitely focus your time on forming relationships with the analysts/associates you'll be working with directly.
The managers or the upper management was very helpful; a few of them played a big part for me in deciding my next career move. Even if you think a career in a multinational bank is not for you, getting advice from the top management could take you to your desired target.
Support from management really depends on who that manager is and their style. During my time there as a banker, I was fortunate to have a terrific boss who was a great mentor, really hands on, embraced team-work ethics. When he decided to leave the company, the new manager was almost the exact opposite which was very bad for the team (myself and several other colleagues ended up leaving the company after a couple of months under the new guy). A good manager will give you as much support as you need, don't be afraid to ask for help and make sure they know what you need to succeed.