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Close Brothers Reviews

Updated 16 April 2018
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Preben Prebensen
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Pros
  • Great place to work in terms of work life balance and work culture (in 11 reviews)

  • great culture, flat structure, very engaged (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • With quite a lot of change at the senior management level, progress through the ranks is slow (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of career progression in current role (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time

    Pros

    Promotes from within the business.
    Access to on going training
    Great Offices
    The people are great, really good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    No downsides to working at Close Brothers

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing, it works!


  2. "Ok Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security in Wimbledon, England
    Current Employee - Security in Wimbledon, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm a contractor and they treat contractors the same way as perms. Vibrant and nice people. Rates are market rates.

    Cons

    sometimes management are like headless chickens with too many U turns.

    Advice to Management

    Know your strategy and stick to it.

  3. "Traditional values with a current twist"

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

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment both at branch and head office level. Small enough to know people very quickly and big enough to plan and work on your career progression.
    Lots of extra benefits and attention to employees well being, for example an extra day of holiday for Christmas shopping and for your birthday, healthy snacks available in every office.
    You don't feel like a number compared to other corporate organisations.

    Cons

    Technology and the way is used needs improving but is a recognised issue and work is on its way to sort this out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the plans for the future without losing touch with the current positive environment.


  4. "Excellent Culture at Close Brothers Motor Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Change in Doncaster, England
    Current Employee - Business Change in Doncaster, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really interesting work, transforming the business model.
    Good leadership and direction, directors sit amongst their teams and are very accessible.
    The culture is open, supportive and friendly. Opportunities to get involved in charity work, and focus on your well being at work .
    Excellent modern office environment, free fruit.

    Cons

    The company is growing so quickly we are running out of desks - but this encourages more opportunities for flexible working.


  5. "Terrible"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time

    Pros

    .. still waiting to find out

    Cons

    Too many managers. High turn over of mangers. No structure or consistency. No care around genuine development. Stuck in the 90s.

    Advice to Management

    I think I was told in my induction something along the lines of... this company is either for you or not. I think - not.


  6. "Excellent place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time

    Pros

    Good people, talented and professional.
    Supportive at all levels, including approachable senior management.
    Collaborative staff who care.
    Diverse workforce, including many women in senior roles.
    Healthy culture and values.
    Excellent corporate communication initiatives, regular feedback opportunities and Q&A sessions.
    Great induction.
    Positive working environment.

    Cons

    Main office needs more space and easier access to meeting rooms.


  7. "I am a software developer working full time for over 1.5 years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ETL Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - ETL Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work in terms of work life balance and work culture.
     Lots of opportunities to learn and do different things if one is willing to explore.
    Equal opportunities and growth for all.
    Flat structure and supportive management.
    Employee centric.
    Nice perks and benefit schemes.
    Progressive outlook.

    Cons

    Use of some of the old technologies not relevant in today's hi tech competitive environment. But long term plans in place to catch up with the best tools and technologies.

  8. "Both good and bad points"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture and People in company

    Cons

    Lack of career progression in current role

    Advice to Management

    Create more progression in roles to valuable members of staff


  9. "Challenging interview process then Amazing induction. Well worth it once your in."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Trainer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Sales Trainer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Induction was well planned and structured. Fantastic intro to the business and made to feel very welcome. Team are supportive and open to new ideas . Forward thinking company recruiting from outside their industry. Everything was ready for my 1st day in the business. Car, accommodation travel , expenses. Much appreciated especially starting in January !

    Cons

    Nothing as yet. Everything was as told at interview stage . I expect to travel and expect to work in a challenging environment. As a trainer that’s why I do it. If everything was easy ., no point !

    Advice to Management

    Love the companies outlook on employee satisfaction and wellbeing. I feel very fortunate to have found a company that values its people and development


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OK Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company, invests in a lot of tech

    Cons

    Too much politics, too many managers

    Advice to Management

    Feel too important, too many of them


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