Credit Suisse

I’ve been thinking a lot about financial industry compensation recently, and probably so have you, for different reasons. As a non-recipient of said compensation, I’ve been waxing philosophical about how your bonus can incentivize you either to put on low-risk trades that are unlikely to blow up your firm or to go instead with high-risk overlevered bets that look good in December but will leave the place a smoking ruin in March, by which point you’ll be out of there with your pile of bonus CLOs. But if you don’t take kindly to other people telling you what to do / “incentivizing” you to do it, there’s always the do-it-yourself bonus, either in the traditional form (write checks to self) or in the slightly more complicated form of writing down the amount of money that you would like your trades to make, then getting a bonus based on the number you wrote down: Read more »

  • 31 Jan 2012 at 6:55 PM

Layoffs Watch ’12: Credit Suisse

The cuts won’t go down until the spring, so just something to keep in mind. Read more »

  • 27 Jan 2012 at 11:57 AM

Bonus Watch ’12: Credit Suisse

“People are furious.” Read more »

  • 23 Jan 2012 at 1:58 PM

Bonus Watch ’11: Credit Suisse

A couple weeks back, a report circulated that Wall Street banks were considering freezing compensation for junior employees. The firms were hesitating, however, supposedly on account of the backlash they feared would occur from failing to keep “potential future stars…engaged and happy.” Yes, they were terrified at the consequences of how their junior mistmakers would react to the news and didn’t want to pull the trigger unless everyone promised to do the same, preventing a dire situation wherein a handful of first and second  year analysts quit to join firms where their unique talents would be appreciated. Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan, for one, has decided not to be afraid anymore. Read more »

  • 20 Jan 2012 at 11:56 AM

Brady Dougan Is Waiting For His Thank You

Remember, back in December 2008, when Credit Suisse announced it would be paying out bonuses comprised of toxic assets? And Brady Dougan was staring at the business end of a hissy fit from many a miffed employee, who thought good and hard about threatening to leave before realizing it was cold out there? Apparently things turned out pretty okay for them. Read more »

As you may have heard, bonus season this year is going to be a bit tricky, on account of the fact that Wall Street banks didn’t make much in the way of cash in 2011. While paying some seniors staff zero dollars is being considered, it still may not be enough to pick up the slack. There is one idea that’s been floated among firms but shot down, so far, for fear of being too risky, so risky that it’s probably not even safe to mention it here but I’m gonna– freezing pay for junior staff. (Oh god, shhh, don’t say it aloud, we don’t want to start a run on the banks!) Everyone wants to do it but no one’s got the cojones, fearing the backlash that would come from angering “future stars” whose names will be learned in 5-7 years when they graduate from second class citizen status. No, the consequences would be dire. Unless…unless everyone put up a united front against these incredibly powerful and intimidating people? Read more »

  • 14 Dec 2011 at 4:02 PM

Bonus Watch ’11: Credit Suisse

Speculation has been going around that some employees will be receiving a whole lot of nothing. Read more »