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Do you work at Citi? How did you find the job? How did you get that first interview?

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Anonymous in Baltimore, Maryland

91 months ago

I work in Baltimore and I applied online for a long time before I actually started getting called. I think Citigroup is one of those companies where they have to post jobs even if they've already decided someone else is going to get it. I used to think that the applications led to a black hole too. It can sure seem that way and for other sections of Citigroup that might be the case.

As for the "Sr. Accountant" thing, a lot of their jobs have "Sr." in front of it but it doesn't actually mean it's a "Senior" role. There are low level supervisors here with a "Vice President" title so I wouldn't read too much into that. Citigroup likes to give out titles more than money.

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billbennett in Baltimore, Maryland

91 months ago

[Would it possible for you to help me get in touch with someone at Hanover, MD location who may know about Technology opportunities?...Thanks

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Anonymous in Baltimore, Maryland

91 months ago

billbennett said: [Would it possible for you to help me get in touch with someone at Hanover, MD location who may know about Technology opportunities?...Thanks

I don't work out of the Hanover office so I wouldn't know who to contact for that, unfortunately. I actually got called from someone in New York for a Baltimore job so it's hard to tell who's going to be recruiting for what locations and positions. Unfortunately, it seems that the only way to go is to keep applying online or know someone who works in the division you're interested in. Good luck, I hope everything works out for you!

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billbennett in Baltimore, Maryland

91 months ago

Thanks...appreciate your taking the time to respond.

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Anon in Baltimore, Maryland

91 months ago

Bill, have you checked the Citi website recently? They posted a bunch of IT positions for Hanover.

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kate in Linden, New Jersey

90 months ago

I actually got my first job at Citi via online job posting. And yes, they are stale postings and some aren't even OPEN positions. I was told that they need to post the position for REQ# required by HR policy.
They usually like to hire internally. When a spot opens up, citi employees gets the news first and it takes weeks before the job gets posted on web.
Once in the house, its faily easy to move between the depts.
And yes again, on how they give out more titles than money.

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Magic Man in New York, New York

90 months ago

I have worked for Citi for over 15 years. The last 5 years my career growth has stalled. Citi HR has a lot of problems and needs to figure out how they can offer better service even to their own. I doubt I will find career growth at Citi and am activley looking outside. I am one of their outstadning employees, but the businees politics stands in it way of progress. I really see Citi faultering in the next couple years.

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therealdeal in Jacksonville, Florida

89 months ago

This may or may not be true. I am an internal employee and I would advise people that once you get hired, you had better like your position because that is where you will be for a while. It is very difficult to advance unless of course you know someone.

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Anonymous in Baltimore, Maryland

89 months ago

therealdealin Jacksonville, Florida said: This may or may not be true. I am an internal employee and I would advise people that once you get hired, you had better like your position because that is where you will be for a while. It is very difficult to advance unless of course you know someone.

I have heard that from several people in my own unit as well. They have said that the "growth opportunities" are not what you'd think they would be in a big "global" company such as this.
I guess with the layoffs coming, it will just get even harder to move around. I feel bad for the people losing their jobs, the severance package is stingy...

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SC in Jamestown, New York

89 months ago

I applied online for CitiFinancial and received a call back in one day. I would not give up and would actually go to a local office or the corporate office and bring a resume. Then, if they tell you to apply online at least the resume is in the office. Also, it doesn't hurt to call to follow up on a resume. It shows initiative and your desire to work for the company.

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valisha diana mitchell in Atlantic Beach, Florida

88 months ago

Audrey (Host) in Austin, Texas said: Citi jobs in Atlantic Beach, Florida
Here is a job search I did for you. Just click on a job that interests you. You'll be redirected to the website the job opening is originally posted on and there you will find instructions on how to apply.
Good Luck!

im having trouble pls call me....diana mitchell

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Audrey (Host) in Austin, Texas

88 months ago

valisha diana mitchell in Atlantic Beach, Florida said: im having trouble pls call me....diana mitchell
If you are having problems using Indeed please contact us here http://www.indeed.com/jsp/contactus.jsp

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ANONYMOUS in Winchester, Virginia

88 months ago

Just wanted to let you know that my husband was in a similar situation. He was 16 and charged as an adult for a felony (wrong place, wrong time, bad lawyer kind of thing). He was very upfront with the HR people and, after submitting his paperwork and fingerprints, they worked with him and he was hired. He loves Citi and hasn't had any trouble since!

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DontworkforCiti! in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

88 months ago

Given up on Citi in Jacksonville, Florida said: My experience is that Citigroup appears not to be a serious employer. You can apply for a position with this company for which you are extraordinarily well-qualified, and you will NEVER hear back from the company. You will, however, continue to see the same position advertised by them, week after week, month after month, for a year or more after you have applied.

I'd say don't waste your time.

Here's why....all Citi postings go through a recruiter first.....if THEY don't feel you qualify - THEY don't send your resume on. I only work for them because they acquired my previous company and then a month later decided to lay off 17,000 workers - you guessed it....our office is history. Apply with Citi at your own risk

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Me in Grafton, Massachusetts

87 months ago

I work for a CitiStreet - A citigroup company 3 miles from Boston. This company pays EXTREMELY poorly. Their SR. 401(k) plan specialist position starts at 37k. They give 1K COLAS which they call "RAISES" every year. Basically.. if you choose to work for this company prepare to starve over time and be pushed out thinking you wasted many years there. If you get promoted.. you have to FIGHT tooth and nail for a 10% raise..lol. Then they say what a great salary increase you got.

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Joe B in Mason, Ohio

86 months ago

Citi is terrible. What a poor company to work for.
It should be called "turnover citi"...

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Anonymous in Des Moines, IA

85 months ago

What are the conditions like in Des Moines, IA in their HR Dept?

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mrk in Somewhere, New York

78 months ago

I aced a phone interview today with Citi Group for an analyst position and am worried how my felony conviction for DWI 11 years ago will affect my chanes of being hired. The conviction was not related to any "criminal" or "injury" activity - simply driving while intoxicated (yes, I know it is a crime but it was not committed in the act of a crime).

Can you lend me some advice on how your husband was able to negotiate around this in order to get hired? In the old days, I ouldn't be worried because the BG checks typically were only 7-10 years, if conducted in earnest at all.

I was told I will be called in a few days for an in-person interview and am very conerned about how to be honest and negotiate around this issue as a DWI conviction has no bearing on my ability to be a data analyst. I have had 2 speeding tickets since that time and no other trouble.

PLS advise - thank you :)

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mrk in Somewhere, New York

78 months ago

I aced a phone interview today with Citi Group for an analyst position and am worried how my felony conviction for DWI 11 years ago will affect my chanes of being hired. The conviction was not related to any "criminal" or "injury" activity - simply driving while intoxicated (yes, I know it is a crime but it was not committed in the act of a crime).

Can you lend me some advice on how your husband was able to negotiate around this in order to get hired? In the old days, I wouldn't be worried because the BG checks typically were only 7-10 years, if conducted in earnest at all.

I was told I will be called in a few days for an in-person interview and am very conerned about how to be honest and negotiate around this issue as a DWI conviction has no bearing on my ability to be a data analyst. I have had 2 speeding tickets since that time and no other trouble.

PLS advise - thank you :)

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Anonymous in Paris, Tennessee

72 months ago

Anonymous in Baltimore, Maryland said: I have heard that from several people in my own unit as well. They have said that the "growth opportunities" are not what you'd think they would be in a big "global" company such as this.
I guess with the layoffs coming, it will just get even harder to move around. I feel bad for the people losing their jobs, the severance package is stingy...

well just think, training takes time and money. Also as far as their HR problem goes (read in comments from above). Hiring from with in gives more informed and cross trained employees but the same old ideas. Then again we are talking about financial services so there isn't many fresh ideas that can be made due to regulation. Then again an overhaul in the industry is coming due to the intentional real estate screw up. The overhaul is more government regulation which should lead to transparancy and more reg's. If you think about it the government backed and heavily controlled banks created these loans, packaged them into securities, and then sold them to other entities in order to get rid of the risk. So was it the banks or the other financial institutions that had honest reporting problems? It seems like the banks created this bubble and got out before it poped. Sorry for the tangent. One of these days I'll get food for my thoughts.

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LL1775 in California

60 months ago

Given up on Citi in Jacksonville, Florida said: My experience is that Citigroup appears not to be a serious employer. You can apply for a position with this company for which you are extraordinarily well-qualified, and you will NEVER hear back from the company. You will, however, continue to see the same position advertised by them, week after week, month after month, for a year or more after you have applied.

I'd say don't waste your time.

I agree. The position or should I say posiitons I have applied for have been posted for more than 90 days and keep renewing on different sites as a new posting each week. I applied for 5 differnt management positions 90 days ago and got confirmation of my application. It was not untill a month later I got called in for an interview and met with an area manager and HR. I'm a very experianced manager with experiance discribed in the add. I thougt the interview went well. Almost a month passed and I never got a call back. i even sent 3 emails to the person I met with thanking them and telling them how interested I was in contributing my experiance to a solid compnay like Citi. Finaly I get a call from a recruiter for Citi who says he was impressed with my resume and experience and invited me to a group interview. I attented a group interview with about 25 others all who had minimal experiance as a manager. I was the only experianced Manager in the field and currently employed as a Branch Manager with a competitor. The had had current Managers as guest speakers who spoke about themselves. We then interviwed with the managers who asked us a few interview questions. The Manager I interviwed with was more interested in my advise in increasing her buinsess and meeting targets. I felt then I was in. The recruiter then said he was going to definantly call me in a day or so. A few weeks later I got turn down letters saying they regreat to inform me since it was a difficult decission that they were going to interview

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LL1775 in California

60 months ago

Anonymous in Paris, Tennessee said: well just think, training takes time and money. Also as far as their HR problem goes (read in comments from above). Hiring from with in gives more informed and cross trained employees but the same old ideas. Then again we are talking about financial services so there isn't many fresh ideas that can be made due to regulation. Then again an overhaul in the industry is coming due to the intentional real estate screw up. The overhaul is more government regulation which should lead to transparancy and more reg's. If you think about it the government backed and heavily controlled banks created these loans, packaged them into securities, and then sold them to other entities in order to get rid of the risk. So was it the banks or the other financial institutions that had honest reporting problems? It seems like the banks created this bubble and got out before it poped. Sorry for the tangent. One of these days I'll get food for my thoughts.

contiued... They were goingto interview more qualified candadits than me. Since then other positions have been posted only to recieve an instant decline letter as soon as I apply. I don't understand. Does anyone know what the catch is to getting hired at Citi? I'm an experianced Branch Manager, Regional VP in previous positions. I'm looking for a new oppoertuntiy in the same role with a solid compnay.

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starrer in Richmond, Virginia

46 months ago

I have applied for Citi Position 2 weeks back. Wanted to follow up but there is no phone number.

I have emailed someone i know working in the same project. request to share HR numbers for Technology jobs

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shyWhiteGirl in Rego Park, New York

46 months ago

I have been reading all the negative comments about Citibank, which is starting to scare the living day light out me. So, I have a college degree and had my final interview with Citibank as a Teller/Customer Service, part-time (very). My questions are, since I have unable to find information on Citi bank teller.

1) Does Citibank part-time teller/customer service employees get benefits, if any?

2) I was told that I would have to refer 2 clients to a personal banker each day worked. Is this really true and it is hard to do?

3) Will I have to "worked the clients" in order to meet my daily goal?

4) Will I EVENTUALLY get laid-off/fired for not meeting my goal each day?

5) How much bank tellering will I be doing compare to "customer service."

Any useful insights will be great and a big THANK YOU.

After the my final interview at this branch, I had decided not to take the job IF they called because of what I was told about the position. BUT now, I rethinking it and maybe take the offer, but not plan on stay for very long.

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shyWhiteGirl in Rego Park, New York

46 months ago

shyWhiteGirl in Rego Park, New York said: I have been reading all the negative comments about Citibank, which is starting to scare the living day light out me. So, I have a college degree and had my final interview with Citibank as a Teller/Customer Service, part-time (very). My questions are, since I have been unable to find information on Citi bank teller.

1) Does Citibank part-time teller/customer service employees get benefits, if any?

2) I was told that I would have to refer 2 clients to a personal banker each day worked. Is this really true and it is hard to do?

3) Will I have to "worked the clients" in order to meet my daily goal?

4) Will I EVENTUALLY get laid-off/fired for not meeting my goal each day?

5) How much bank tellering will I be doing compare to "customer service."

Any useful insights will be great and a big THANK YOU.

After the my final interview at this branch, I had decided not to take the job IF they called because of what I was told about the position. BUT now, I rethinking it and maybe take the offer, but not plan on stay for very long.

Sorry for the mistakes/missing words.

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abcd in Van Nuys, California

41 months ago

i had applied for teller position at citibank few days a go and yesterday i got a call from one of the recruiter but unfortunately my cell was not with me , i forgot my cell at home than i called back at that number but there was no answer ,i tried hundred times :( but i think the no is one way anyways what shall i do now :/ how should i contact them ? what should i do ? i really need this job :(

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J Walden in Raleigh, North Carolina

37 months ago

Good Morning Everyone! I am a recruiter and I have positions posted all over the US for Citi. In particular I have 4 open positions in O'Fallon.

Citi is a great company to work for and like other large companies you may have to apply over and over and over again....however I have quite a few candidates starting at Citi and with the right qualifications I will be more than glad to help anyone else this is interested.

These are contract positions, however one good thing about Citi is once you get your foot in the door, it is not that difficult to stay in. :)

If you are interested you can send your resume to jwalden@diversitysources.com or add me to your professional network on LinkedIn by clicking here www.linkedin.com/in/juakeiawalden. I also post ALL of my positions on Craigslist and they almost ALWAYS begin with **Immediate Need**.

Happy Friday Everyone and Good Luck!

Juakeia

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J Walden in Raleigh, North Carolina

37 months ago

Melissa in O Fallon, Missouri said: I've recently moved to O'Fallon, MO. My background consists of training and instructional design. Unfortunately, I don't have any friends or family working at Citi :) Does anyone have any suggestions or name of someone within Citi to send my resume rather than submit online?

I have an instructional design position available right now. Please send me your resume to jwalden@diversitysources.com if you are interested.

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Benneshea in Jacksonville, Florida

35 months ago

Given up on Citi in Jacksonville, Florida said: My experience is that Citigroup appears not to be a serious employer. You can apply for a position with this company for which you are extraordinarily well-qualified, and you will NEVER hear back from the company. You will, however, continue to see the same position advertised by them, week after week, month after month, for a year or more after you have applied.

I'd say don't waste your time.

I applied for a position there and the only qualification needed for education was a HS diploma. I am a college student and also a vet. I recevied a letter from them stating that I don't qualify for the position i applied for. I don't understand how is it that I dont qualify. Can someone explain it to me?

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Benneshea angry in Jacksonville, Florida

35 months ago

How can someone not be qualified for a position that is looking for a HS grad? i am a college student and a military vet. How is it that i don't qualify. It's very disappointing to know that i can do a job and be very benefical to a company and be told your not what were looking for you dont qualify.

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J Walden in Raleigh, North Carolina

35 months ago

The positions are posted and as I stated in a previous post...a lot of these positions are contracted to staffing agencies.

I just filled 20 positions for Citi in Jacksonville, FL.

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Dana in Jacksonville, Florida

35 months ago

therealdeal in Jacksonville, Florida said: This may or may not be true. I am an internal employee and I would advise people that once you get hired, you had better like your position because that is where you will be for a while. It is very difficult to advance unless of course you know someone.

Hi I was wanting to know why everytime ive reapplied to Citi it would ask me to take the online test but, when I tried to it wouldn't allow me to. There was no way for me to contact anyone.Aso, I'm an ex-employee of Citi that resigned on good terms and is now looking to get rehired is there any pointers that yyou cangive me or help me with getting rehired PLEASE im trying to take care a big family.

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Mitchytastic in New York, New York

35 months ago

The guy at the top is truly naive to say that Citi is not a serious employer. They are in the top 10 largest banks in the world with an incredible amount of employees. You have to understand that when they post a job on the citicareers.com website they get an insane amount of resumes and applicants. The post goes on indeed.com, monster.com, nytimes, wall street journal, etc. They search for the very best candidates out of that group. I read statistics from 2008 and it said they receive over 40,000 applications for entry level positions and hire about 400 entry level employees each year. Your odds are not too good. I applied for an entry level accounting position and a month later I received a call saying they will set me up for an interview. I did not hear from them for another 3 weeks and then finally had the interview with 2 VP's and a senior associate. A week later they offered me a position at a slightly above average salary for entry level accountants.

You have to differentiate yourself with your resume and cover letter. Explain to them the practical experience you have and prove that you have held positions of responsibility. You want to try to use words in your resume that they have used in their job posting because those are usually the key words they search for when they are sifting through the 2,000 resumes they received for that position.

Good luck!

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PL in Bel Air, Maryland

35 months ago

I was completely caught off guard when Citibank called me for an upcoming interview! Due to the unexpectedness, I'm unsure if the interview is by phone or face-to-face. I will be speaking to both the hiring manager the assistant manager. Anyone able to help me with this? I tried calling the hiring manager back, but so far, no response.

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R.G. in Paterson, New Jersey

29 months ago

It's a joke and a waste of time. I applied for a Teller position, got a phone interview which i was definitely prepared plus previous banking experience, the guy said i was going to the next step in the interview process and that i would receive a call back within 5 - 10 days... got nothing. I would understand they receive many and many applications.... but rather than waste my time waiting for a call at least send me an email. Apply and apply for what?

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R.G. in Paterson, New Jersey

29 months ago

It's a joke and a waste of time. I applied for a Teller position, got a phone interview which i was definitely prepared plus previous banking experience, the guy said i was going to the next step in the interview process and that i would receive a call back within 5 - 10 days... got nothing. I would understand they receive many and many applications.... but rather than waste my time waiting for a call at least send me an email. Apply and apply for what?

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V. Maxwell in Charlotte, North Carolina

20 months ago

submit your resume to recruiters they are the best ones to get you in the door.

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Mike in Tampa, Florida

18 months ago

Given up on Citi in Jacksonville, Florida said: My experience is that Citigroup appears not to be a serious employer. You can apply for a position with this company for which you are extraordinarily well-qualified, and you will NEVER hear back from the company. You will, however, continue to see the same position advertised by them, week after week, month after month, for a year or more after you have applied.

I'd say don't waste your time.

I agree 100%. I have gone on Citi's website and applied for positions that looked like a great fit compared to my experience and education and have not even gotten a phone interview. One job I applied to in the summer is still listed as active.

I don't get it! Does anyone review the applications people submit online? It feels like I am sending my resume to a black hole.

The only thing I can think of is Citi posts these positions and has temps doing the jobs cheap until they decided to hire that person on full time.

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Mike in Tampa, Florida

18 months ago

J Walden in Raleigh, North Carolina said: The positions are posted and as I stated in a previous post...a lot of these positions are contracted to staffing agencies.

I just filled 20 positions for Citi in Jacksonville, FL.

That is what I suspected as I have received phone calls from numerous recruiters about temp positions at Citi. I understand it's cheaper to hire temps (Citi doesn't have to pay benefits) but someone like myself who is employed full time with full benefits and paid vacation is not going to jump ship to work on a temp assignment.

I worked contract with Chase back when I was in college and certainly would not go back to that kind of situation.

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Mike in Tampa, Florida

18 months ago

DontworkforCiti! in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Here's why....all Citi postings go through a recruiter first.....if THEY don't feel you qualify - THEY don't send your resume on. I only work for them because they acquired my previous company and then a month later decided to lay off 17,000 workers - you guessed it....our office is history. Apply with Citi at your own risk

An external recruiter told me you need to very carefully word your resume when you apply to any company website (or as I call it these days - the black hole). You have to look at the job description and make sure your resume has the right key words. In my experience HR departments don't really understand what most jobs entail Their understanding is pretty black and white (listed job requirements vs your experience on your resume).

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Industry Manager in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

12 months ago

Mike, I happened to see your comment. I thought it might be helpful to you and the others to mention that for the financial services industry, in general, it is common practice to post a position publicly, even if you have already identified an internal candidate that you wish to fill it. For example, each time that I was promoted internally, the job was still announced as available on the corporate website after I had accepted it.

This is done because there are many laws concerning hiring, and this removes liability on the part of the company. Also, the individual selected or promoted usually must actually post for the position for internal record-keeping purposes.

It's very, very annoying, though, when you are anyone but that person that the hiring manager has selected.

So, it's best to get your resume out there as much as possible, and not focus on any specific position, even if you would be a great match for it. One positive to keep in mind - if you are contacted for an interview, you know that that the position is actually available.

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