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Old 08-18-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone here has any first hand knowledge of what the working environment is like at Credit Suisse in RTP. I recently interviewed there for a contract position. It is likely that I'll receive an offer, so I'd just like to get some insight if possible. The position is within IT, although it's not really a technical position (it's basically a support role with a team that used to be in operations that recently transitioned to IT). I've already reviewed some info on websites like Glassdoor, but I wanted to at least check here as well. Anyway, if anyone has any info they're comfortable sharing, I would appreciate it. Feel free to DM me if you'd prefer not to post publicly. Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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I do not have firsthand knowledge, but I inspected a house just a few days ago for someone in a similar position with them and she spoke very highly about working there.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I would say, do your homework, but you are a contractor and as such, likely going to take it no matter what, right? But know this, you limited to 18 months as a contractor there, and if you get the nod for a perm slot, the place is a disaster in most depts, which may take you another ~3 years to discover. Seriously and I mean this as a fair warning, worse professional atmosphere you will ever encounter. Pay range is ok-good, benes are good.

Good luck!

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Old 08-19-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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Thanks sacredgrooves. I appreciate the feedback.

Xdeth...Thanks for your insight. I have done my homework. I did that before my interview. But no amount of research will tell you what it's like to actually work at a company other than speaking to people who have first hand knowledge of said company, hence my post. As mentioned in my original post, I had already researched info on other sites before even posting here. And no, I'm not going to take the job "no matter what." People become contractors for various different reasons. I am extremely fortunate in that my personal situation does not require that I accept this position simply because it's a paycheck.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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if you pm me i'd be happy to discuss. i've worked for cs for ten years
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Thanks sacredgrooves. I appreciate the feedback.

Xdeth...Thanks for your insight. I have done my homework. I did that before my interview. But no amount of research will tell you what it's like to actually work at a company other than speaking to people who have first hand knowledge of said company, hence my post. As mentioned in my original post, I had already researched info on other sites before even posting here. And no, I'm not going to take the job "no matter what." People become contractors for various different reasons. I am extremely fortunate in that my personal situation does not require that I accept this position simply because it's a paycheck.
I just told you from firsthand experience but I probably wasn't as clear as I could have been, not that I truly believe it matters to your decision process. I don't think I would have listened to anonymous people on the internet while charting my career, but I like the serendipity factor I know you'll eventually have in a few years when you realize this is not bull****.

You say it's an operations job being reclassed as IT. just think about that for few minutes. I already know what jobs you are refering too, I worked there for 5 years, what ops jobs require IT backgtrounds??? Did you graduate from Devry with an associates in MIS, then you may be overqualifiied. Those jobs are being offshored from CS RTP at an alarming rate, I know several people there re-assigend to 3rd shift to cover the reamaining OPS jobs over then next few months and they know as much about IT as most 10th grade HS students. If your lucky enough to have a choice then pass, if not, please remember to come here and post on you last week there in the near future.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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In this economy Just be happy to have the offer. When your contract is up in 18 months hopefully there will be more opportunities for you to move to a better job. I've been a contractor at one of the largest companies in RTP for about 3 years now, and I find it hard to believe there is a worse working environment than what I have encountered here. With that being said, I'm still grateful for having a job in the first place. I'd say take the job, sack-up and stick it out until something better comes along. The experience will benefit you, weather it's a bad one or good one, we all learn something from every job we hold.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:30 AM
 
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Why so negative? It seems to me the OP was just trying to get a feel for the company culture/atmosphere. If you don't know anyone personally who works at the company you're interested in, then who else are you supposed to ask? No harm in seeing what other folks think, "anonymous" or not. I didn't get the impression OP was expecting anonymous people on the internet to help chart their career. They didn't say tell me if I should take this job or not.

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I just told you from firsthand experience but I probably wasn't as clear as I could have been, not that I truly believe it matters to your decision process. I don't think I would have listened to anonymous people on the internet while charting my career, but I like the serendipity factor I know you'll eventually have in a few years when you realize this is not bull****.

You say it's an operations job being reclassed as IT. just think about that for few minutes. I already know what jobs you are refering too, I worked there for 5 years, what ops jobs require IT backgtrounds??? Did you graduate from Devry with an associates in MIS, then you may be overqualifiied. Those jobs are being offshored from CS RTP at an alarming rate, I know several people there re-assigend to 3rd shift to cover the reamaining OPS jobs over then next few months and they know as much about IT as most 10th grade HS students. If your lucky enough to have a choice then pass, if not, please remember to come here and post on you last week there in the near future.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I worked at CS (2008-2009) as a contractor within HRIS support. They have 10 month contract limits within that area. I enjoyed working with many people that my position associated with, OUTSIDE of my particular department. However, working within my department was another story...DM me if you would like the details.

The location in RTP is called Center of Excellence. Two CofEs were opened while I worked there, Pune and Wroclaw. I believe I read online that one more CofE opening was in the works. (This is probably what Xdeth is referring to in the above post.)

Good luck with your job search. CS is an amazing name to have on one's resume regardless of the insanity that may or may not go on behind closed doors.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Sorry if it seemed negative, was not a reflection on the query, just trying to convey the overall experience there
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