The design intends for no one to have an assigned desk and there are only 150 spaces for 200 people. For those who were initially resistant to losing their assigned space, Catalano says, “it was hard to argue with real data that the old space was underutilized.” Employees have a locker where they put their personal belongings, and then they set up in the morning where they want to work. There are sanitized wipes on every desk so that the shared workstations are left clean [HBR via Matt Levine]
Despite “considering a pay increase for analysts and associates” back in August and despite its peers at Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley already going ahead and doing so, Citigroup is apparently still not sure about this one. Read more »
Some might say that a bank shouldn’t suggest that some of its regulators would be better out on the street than in a comfy office nit-picking what some other regulator has already nit-picked. Indeed, Citi Chairman Michael O’Neill said so himself. But he just can’t help it, so he’s going to come out and say it: When his bank inevitably does something wrong again, he’d really prefer to take only one irate phone call, rather than three. Read more »
La Casa de Corbat may have had an inkling about the problems that led to its $400 million Mexican nightmare. Or it may not have read all of those long, boring missives that the New York Fed insisted on sending year after year. Read more »
Mike Corbat’s Sales Pitch To Would-Be Junior Bankers For Joining Citi: You Can’t All Work At Hedge FundsBy Bess Levin
On Monday night, Citi CEO Mike Corbat appeared on a panel at NYU’s Stern School of Business alongside hedge fund manager John Paulson and private equity chief Joseph Landy. The conversation was free flowing and touched on a number of subjects du jour, like too-big-to-fail, post-crisis regulation, and the future of the global economy, but, as he was speaking before students, Corbat was also there to make the case for people to come work at Citi. Knowing full well that the banking industry in general and Citi specifically probably holds little if any allure for the junior banking set these days, he put on a happy face nonetheless and really committed to the part, telling those assembled:
1. Despite regulatory constraints, it’s still a super fun time to be a banker.
2. Banks are going “digital” so you could think of yourself like a pioneer, on the Oregon Trail.
3. Bottom line: We’re all adults here. Everyone knows you all want to go to a PE firm or hedge fund but not everybody’s gonna because there literally aren’t enough chairs to go around at these places. Their offices aren’t that big, relatively speaking, and there straight up are not enough places for people to sit. I’m not stupid, I get it. Who wouldn’t want to go work for Paulson and Co. over a bank, especially when that bank is Citi. But again, it just comes down to math. So when you get the “We’ll be in touch line” from them, you come give me a call. Read more »
The Financial Times reports that Citi senior staff in Europe have received letters that essentially read:
To whom it may concern:
Please enjoy this extra money we’ll be depositing into your account each month, which is in no way, shape, or form to be construed as a bonus. Nod if you understand what we’re saying.
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