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Royal Bank of Scotland Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
825 Reviews
3.1
825 Reviews
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Pros
  • Potential to give excellent working oppurtunities and help main the work-life balance (in 194 reviews)

  • I found the work environment to be very friendly and encouraging (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance used to be good here but now it's extremely demanding (in 19 reviews)

  • Senior management never follows thru with ideas or current business plan (in 30 reviews)

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    Corporate Head office

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    Nice people / co-workers
    good flexibility for home working

    Cons

    Execs scared to make decisions
    Culture is about protecting yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make a strategy and stick to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employee review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team work ethos, flexible working style

    Cons

    slow decision making process, too many layers of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Internship Corporate Services Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -well structured and diverse programme, plenty of exposure to different business areas
    -able to lead my own development and provided opportunities to do so
    -interesting project work with multi-location teams

    Cons

    -poor communication from the Early Careers team ahead of starting
    -the calibration of candidates for conversion to the graduate scheme does not account for manager subjectivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Portfolio manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    Large Co gives opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Drinking culture, old school mentality. A need to fit into a box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking progressively, embrace cultural differences

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Royal Bank of Scotland Commercial and Private

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Lots of very good people
    good flexible package

    Cons

    substantial structural change leading to some long term uncertainty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be mindful of the volume of change over the last few years and allow people to consolidate and build to deliver the banks aims for excellence

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Part of marketing team in the investment banking division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    The Blitz spirit amongst fellow workers.

    Cons

    Company disintegrating in the wake of the financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to think more like a small company. Stop talking in platitudes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Talented staff, pensionable systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly, good team spirit, lots of skilled people to share ideas with.

    Cons

    Systems architecture makes it time consuming to pull information out, especially with latest regulatory changes - the proportion of time spent fixing things makes it difficult to stretch into new areas of work. Strong time management skills are key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more to break down silos between divisions and departments. Try encourage people to tell you what is happening "warts and all" rather than prettying it up just to appease management. How you react to bad news flowing up from the line is key here.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PMO Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in London, England

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues. Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Little vision of true management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ professional leaders that know how to manage programmes

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Big global organisation

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supporting colleagues, various opportunities for internal transfer

    Cons

    Slow system and high numbers of management layers

  11.  

    Great, resilient people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Manager in London, England

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Filled with great and resilient people trying to sort out the world's greatest mess

    Cons

    Too much politics, and your friends hate you for working there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this a good place to work again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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