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Close Brothers Reviews

Updated 26 October 2017
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Preben Prebensen
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Pros
  • Great work life balance for an FS company (in 9 reviews)

  • Very flat structure - lots of access to senior leadership and a focus on innovation (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • With quite a lot of change at the senior management level, progress through the ranks is slow (in 9 reviews)

  • Need more structure on career progression, opportunities limited unless you know the right people (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Close Brothers - Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Vision & Values within the business represents the culture very well.
    Very exciting place to work with very regular career opportunities for progression.
    Great place for successful sales people - hard work certainly rewarded.

    Cons

    None that immediately spring to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking after the people side of the business - it's the people which makes Close a great place to be.


  2. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family feel in the offices, strong worth ethic across the group, forward thinking colleagues.

    Cons

    Communication between different business lines needs to be stronger.
    The central functions need to ensure they fully listen to the needs of the businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure top leaders understand what our local offices do and why they do it.


  3. "Close"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Close Brothers full-time

    Pros

    Wants to improve, is realistic about its problems - trying to create a good working culture

    Cons

    Few dinosaurs around that are stopping progress - Company modernising but being slowed down by the old boys!!


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great place to develop a career, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    It is slightly behind with technology


  6. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Administrator in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Former Employee - Branch Administrator in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Close Brothers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management team
    Training and development opportunities
    Good reward systems in place

    Cons

    unfeasible targets set in certain months against other branches, needs to be more tailored towards individual branches to produce a more accurate account of performance
    high turnover of staff

    Advice to Management

    increase the use of advanced technology to support dealer network in line with competitors
    Make more realistic benchmarks to work towards


  7. "Great place if you work with the right team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Close Brothers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, free drinks every alternative Friday, good social activities, bake off, charity runs... the usual corporate perks, etc.

    Cons

    Not all senior managers are open to try new innovative solutions. I was offered a job which promised I implement a lot of new technologies but I did not get the opportunity. My team's senior management are happy with traditional methods and are afraid to change. I waited for about a year to use my core skills, kept asking my senior management team, but it did not happen. They kept saying let's not complicate things - what we are doing is close enough to advanced work, etc.. So I resigned.

    Advice to Management

    Don't recruit someone with a specific set of skills and make them work for something else.


  8. "Customer service associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in London, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company really looks after their staff
    A lot of development opportunities however you just need to network with the right people

    Cons

    Pay is definitely not great for the job you do (however their is bonus).
    Internal career progression can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on providing career development and the pay within business operations department


  9. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Treasury Business Operation Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Treasury Business Operation Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus, good benefits - life insurance, health insurance, subsidised gym. Pension, study support, corporate discount, travel loans, subsidises bike benefit

    Cons

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  10. "Great place to work"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Would definitely recommend Close Brothers as a place to work.

    Cons

    Despite being a great place to work, Close has a very bureaucratic culture.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance for an FS company
    Good benefits
    Very flat structure - lots of access to senior leadership and a focus on innovation
    Has a 'small company' feel but with the benefits of working for a larger organisation (Free fruit, drinks trolley Fridays etc)
    Good at recognition e.g. employees of the month, birthday and thank you cards, Christmas presents etc
    Good bonuses

    Cons

    Technology / systems are a bit behind the curve (it's so complicated to process expenses that I generally don't bother!)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better systems


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