• 11 Jan 2012 at 1:54 PM

Layoffs Watch ’11: RBS

The bank will apparently be offering a few more details on the cuts management has been mulling over since since the third quarter of last year. Read more »

  • 21 Dec 2011 at 11:29 AM
  • Banks

RBS Not Taking A “Knee-Jerk” Approach To Laying Off Employees

Earlier this week, it was reported that RBS would be taking the next couple months to decide which businesses it wants to “remain in” and which it doesn’t. Management was said to be considering “shutting or selling” its equities unit and, as these things go, laying off the 1,000 people it employs, as well as others who may find themselves working in a division the royalest bank isn’t so keen on anymore. As humans tend not to look on the bright side of potentially getting fired, the staff has been in a bit of a funk lately. Hearing the team needed some frowns turned upside down, Global Banking & Markets CEO John Hourican sent out a memo this morning attempting to do just that, by noting 1) that everything everyone’s read about layoffs and the closing of entire business units is true, but that all that was communicated, like, a couple months ago, so let’s not act like it’s coming as a shock 2) everyone in finance is making tough choices right now 3) obviously, though, we’ve had our teeth kicked in harder than most 4) contrary to popular belief, we’re not just putting your names in a hat and deciding who gets fired from there 5) Happy holidays. Do something nice for yourself, you deserve it. Read more »

  • 13 Dec 2011 at 2:07 PM

Layoffs Watch ’11: RBS

Nothing official yet but apparently various people’s contributions to the firm (or lack thereof) are being weighed. Read more »

It’s called you’ll get nothing and you’ll like it. Read more »

  • 07 Nov 2011 at 12:20 PM

Layoffs Watch ’11: RBS

Cuts going down circa now. Read more »

  • 14 Oct 2011 at 10:47 AM
  • Banks

RBS Cancels Merriment Of Any Kind

As you may have heard, the last several years have not been so hot for RBS. In the last 12 months alone, the bank beat expectation by posting “a bigger-than-estimated first quarter loss” (with a loss of 1.4 billion pounds for the first half), employees have gotten canned, management has already informed staff that 2011 bonuses will be less than 2010′s, you can’t say “ABN Amro” without getting tased, they’re still mopping up the mess from ToiletGate, they just got downgraded by Fitch, and the Queen is riding all their asses. What was left to look forward to? Not much at all but at least there was the annual Christmas party which, since 2008 has amounted to one bag of (fun size) chips per head. It wasn’t a lot but it was something and now? It’s gone.

RBS is canceling Christmas for its investment bankers this year as the government-owned lender tries to reduce costs.

Okay, so, no Christmas party seems a bit harsh but employees can still get into the holiday spirit with non-Christ-based soirées, right? WRONG! There will be no Halloween parties, no pre-Thanksgiving raves, no New Year’s bashes, no Beamer’s Appreciation Day on RBS’s watch. Read more »

As you may have heard, we might be getting a little rain this weekend. Some people are approaching the threat of Irene with an appropriate level of seriousness. Others, like the those who live and work in Connecticut, have not, according to Governor Malloy, who has apparently been telling his people to get their asses in gear, lest he be forced to say “told ya so” JUST LIKE LAST TIME.

Malloy urged residents to take the storm seriously and begin making preparations now. “I hope people are listening better to me than they did about removing snow from their roofs,” he said.

While there are some people who should very much take Malloy seriously, others can listen to him just as much as they did when he told them to remove snow from their roofs. If you happen to work for RBS, for instance, you might want to stay out of the lobby this weekend, seen in the green area below, which a Category 1 Hurricane will flood. Burning the midnight oil at UBS, seen in white just across the road? While it may come as a shock, you’re good! Read more »