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Credit Suisse Insight Programme Review

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Practical Skills Learnt

  • Live Up To Expectations

What department/s did you work in during your internship?

I applied for the Investment Banking Division (IBD) and Securities Spring week (another one was offered for Operations and IT) and so this is where I spent most of my time.

What did you find the least challenging part of your experience?

The week was not as interactive as I had hoped and the numerous presentations about different parts of the business is what I found least challenging, as much of it I knew already and it was not portrayed in an engaging manner.

What was the interview/s like when applying?

There were two phone interviews, both lasting half an hour, with people from the business rather than members of the recruitment team. They were both friendly and conversational in style testing competencies and knowledge. It provided a brilliant forum to find out more about what working for the company is like.

Was there any testing involved in the application process?

Credit Suisse is one of the few banks that had a verbal and numerical test.

How many other people were on the Insight week with you?

There were two insight weeks held, the first consisted of 100 people (as it was a combination of the IBD and Securities week and the Operations and IT week). The second week that I attended had approximately 50 people.

Was there a diverse selection of Universities represented on the Insight week?

Yes and No. There were a multitude of people from universities abroad ranging from Spain to Russia however there was a very limited range of UK universities – mainly Oxbridge, Warwick and UCL. There was an occasional person from Durham, Bath and Birmingham.

How did you find the work-life balance of other employees whilst working there?

It depended largely on the department in which the employees worked. The sales team seemed to have a good work-life balance whilst some members of the M&A team joked about not leaving the office until the early hours.

Has working there made you more or less interested in applying for their graduate scheme?

Less interested but mostly because the week highlighted that banking was not for me!

Did you find there were any similarities in terms of characters between you and the other people on the programme?

Many of the characters were ambitious, confident people with a lot of drive and focus; I would say these qualities are probably a necessity in the banking world. However everyone on the programme was still lovely and very helpful! A lot of people I met were also, like myself, heavily involved in societies.

If you had to sum up your experience in 3 key words what would they be?

'Competitive', 'hard-working' but at times a bit 'callous'.






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