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Royal Bank of Scotland Reviews in United States

Updated 23 February 2015
Updated 23 February 2015
110 Reviews
2.4
110 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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  1.  

    Senior Java Lead

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    Former Contractor - Older Technology in Stamford, CT (US)
    Former Contractor - Older Technology in Stamford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment for stimulating employees

    Cons

    Limited control of technical direction and approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more innovation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good, and one of the best place to work for once surely.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Designer in India, MS (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Designer in India, MS (US)

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

    Pros

    1- Good environment
    2- Financial Domain
    3- Exposure with business
    4- Technical strong interview, so you get chance to work with good people.
    5- Junior to Senior experience level developers, pretty much every one is individual contributor.

    Cons

    - Non technical management / Manager
    - Many level of managers, spoils gist of technology.
    - Appraisals, and promotions not easy.
    - Too many changes, in management hierarchy .
    - constant loss of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep organization, sustainable for long term...right people should be promoted rather than personal relationships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Bad location away from city. Massive departure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    Reasonable hour and benefit, good work life balance, coworkers are nice

    Cons

    Stamford location, hard to attract and retain talent. Massive turnover the past 3 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Extremely unpleasant place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria and chef
    Very nice facilities

    Cons

    Have a lot of people who have been there for a long time who are extremely unpleasant and become riled if you ask questions. New hires beware
    Management behaves unprofessionally
    Little or no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to shake things up in Stamford.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Phenomenal people, but a lack of direction.

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    Current Employee - Derivatives Analyst
    Current Employee - Derivatives Analyst

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Great people.

    Cons

    All of the good employees constantly get shafted because of the 5% that cause all of the fines and regulatory breaches. No raises for ops (outside of promotion) for 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less people so you can treat the ones you have more appropriately.

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    I worked at Citizens Bank and really think that the Bank is a great place to work.?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    The people are great and it's really a fun bank to work at.

    Cons

    Pay is below the market average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to market level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Deception at the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Proximity to housing in Fairfield County

    Cons

    Leadership - no authority in the US to do anything
    Strategy - no ability to enact strategy and no courage to make the right calls
    Business - limited ability to make the bank anything more than weak commercial bank platform
    Talent - leaving as quickly as possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and move back to Ridgewood, NJ

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, horrible bank with little regard for their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Operations in Stamford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Operations in Stamford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Royal Bank of Scotland

    Pros

    Great people, teamwork, interesting and fun. Beautiful building, lots of amenities that we pay through the roof for. Generous vacation.

    Cons

    Bank is doing so poorly that no one has gotten raises or bonuses in at least five years in the Operations area. Benefits keep getting worse and worse but we pay more and more for them. Constant threat of being laid off due to bank's performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees raises and bonuses. It will greatly improve morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No room for growth or development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stamford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stamford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Work life balance, roles are easy to learn

    Cons

    No room to grow, systems need to be updates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great pay but limited small minded leadership

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Royal Bank of Scotland full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at RBS in their New York office. I really liked the people I worked with and looked forward to having an illustrious career there. One of the benefits to limited leadership is the opportunity to develop yourself.

    Cons

    Your career can be stunted as management is really petty and there is no real structure for succession planning. HR sucked and all the prime benefits went to the UK expats. Management didn't listen to employees about developing the company and how to grow a better firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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