Citi Stripping Employees Of One Of Handful Of Reasons To Work At Citi

Don't let the smile deceive you-- he's not happy about this.

Time was, if you worked at Citi, one of the “perks” of the job was that you could let loose over email in ways other banks had already put the kibosh on. The big C may not pay the most, it may offer little to no prestige, and it definitely lost some fans when the “no catching a beej on the corporate jet” rule was enforced but inappropriate emails? Oh, that was something employees hung onto with pride. You wanted to have a rousing discussion about the best stall in which to JO&C? The mood struck Vikram to have a back and forth with Prince Alwaleed about a certain naughty hawk? Someone was wondering about the physics behind inserting a whiteboard marker in an underling’s rectum? You found yourself dialoguing about Lenny Dykstra about setting up a time for your call and things suddenly got…weird? That was okay!

No longer. Because someone presumably took things a little too far (best guesses as to who ruined it for everyone welcome), Citi is putting its foot down. As employees have until July 17 to lock it up, we suggest making the most of the next 26 days.

From: Compliance Training
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:00 PM
To: Citi Employees


Recent headlines involving inappropriate e-mails are an important reminder to “think before writing, read before sending” lessons of the past scandals affecting the financial services business. To this end, employees are required to take a ten minute online training program titled Improper Electronic Communications briefing the do’s and don’ts of electronic communications.

You must review the course by 7/17/2010. Instructions to complete the training can be found below.

This course will also automatically count toward Firm Element Training credit for any client facing registered representatives.

Thank you,

Cynthia Armine
Chief Compliance Officer

Instructions on accessing courses in the GLMS
1. You must use Internet Explorer. Any other internet browser such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, etc., will NOT work.
2. Please note that this training does NOT contain audio.

Click on the link below to access the GLMS. It will take you immediately to the GLMS sign-on screen where you must enter your SOEID (branch ID for former Smith Barney employees) and single sign on password

1. Once in the GLMS, click Assess (upper left corner) and then Training Analysis – your Assigned training is shown. Please note that you may have more than one page of assigned training.

2. Click the Registration icon (paper with blue checkmark) to the left of the Improper Electronic Communications course.

3. On the next screen, click the “SUBMIT” button. Please note it may take up to a minute for this screen to load. Please be patient.

4. You will then be taken to the Activity Details screen. Hold the ‘CTRL’ key down, and at the same time click the “START” icon to launch the course


Under no circumstances should you contact Cynthia Armine regarding this request.

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46 Responses to “Citi Stripping Employees Of One Of Handful Of Reasons To Work At Citi”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fucking Kouwe.

  2. Mr. Market says:

    Sources say that an HR employee was canned because she was running a sex blog from her email. Rather than taking the 30 seconds to set up a account, she decided to email her “updates” on a daily basis to her friends and colleagues. Amateur hour

  3. MisterB says:

    So what you’re saying is Cynthias loose lips sink ships?

    Too many DLee “work appropriate” photos crossing the intranets there?

    I can see if mayyyyybe there was an ill-timed anti Vikram note, but seriously?

    Maybe they should spend more time wondering how they ended up with 29B shares out instead of what people say to each other.

  4. guest says:

    @2 I really would like for that to be true.

  5. “2. Please note that this training does NOT contain audio.”

    Fucking jerks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    no audio, but it IS self- learning…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Where is the “please do not forward” tag?

  8. Bess Levin says:

    @2 did you take the 30 seconds to set up a account I hope?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Over use of the phrase “scorching tits” flagged something in the Citi system

  10. Anonymous says:

    @5 was funny.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nick Giorgi I told you to fucking lock it up.

    Now look what you’ve done.

  12. Anonymous says:

    “Under no circumstances should you contact Cynthia Armine regarding this request.”

    Apparently contacting your own firm’s CCO is also classified as improper.

  13. guest says:

    If you already know how to send improper electronic communications, do you still need to take the course?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is a dark day.

    No longer will kouwanal_yst be able to post from the janitor’s closet at Citi lest he gets courtmartialed for Improper Electronic Communications.

  15. Mr. Market says:

    @8 I did but its too intense for Dealbreaker. It’s going straight to DVD

  16. Anonymous says:

    “1. Once in the GLMS, click Assness (upper left corner) and then Training Analysis – your Assigned training is shown. Please note that you may have more than one page of assigned training.”

    Things are looking up.

    – you know who.

  17. PermaGuest says:

    Why is Citi operating on Central Daylight Time?

  18. Texashedge says:

    @15, you mean DVDA?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I work on the MS side and they sent an email later that day telling us to disregard the previous email.

    Citi cant get it’s Kouwe together.

  20. Anonymous says:


    Recent headlines involving incompetent html coding are an important reminder to “think before writing, read before uploading” lessons of the past scandals affecting the financial services business. To this end, employees are required to take a ten minute online training program titled How to Code for more than one Browser briefing the do’s and don’ts of cross browser checking and general competence. Once complete, Coders will have advanced their skills from the level of Absolutely Pathetic, to Having some Idea of the Real World.

  21. Anonymous says:

    @18 – I think he meant 2G1C

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