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Sell-side research is undergoing structural changes so naturally the operations of the company reflects these challenges. New entrants have to manage their expectations accordingly with regards to pay/compensation/advancement opportunities etc. Treat it as a springboard/learning experience before the real career progression takes place.
OCBC Bank is a performance-driven compensation package so staff can focus on your work. There is a recreation club for staff to relax and unwind during lunch or after work. They also provide executive health screening annually. Lots of team bonding activities. provides career mobility opportunities across the bank's different business units, subsidiaries or even country offices; from Consumer, Corporate and Private Banking, to Treasury, Securities, Insurance or Investment Management. OCBC Bank welcomes innovation and encourages continual learning and development. Overall a fun yet conductive work environment.
It has employee's interest at heart
Easy start up for people that dont have any banking/finance background. Fast progression, good sales depending on which branch you posted to. Very decent pay, in fact, is consider high for poly fresh grad. Good welfare and ample annual leaves!
Plenty of annual leave and othwr staff benefits
Limited things to learn after some time
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Great culture! It has a very conducive working environment and colleagues are very nurturing and patient. They are always willing to answer my doubts. Colleagues celebrate the different festivals especially Chinese New Year. I have learnt a lot in the finance department.
A typical day at work would include replying customer's general enquiries as well as solving some of the less complex problems they have with their bank accounts and services. The hardest part of the job was interacting with elderly customers as it was hard to understand and interpret their problems. This was therefore a good opportunity and self-check to ensure that I knew my responsibilities and work thoroughly so that I was able to pick up on little cues and identify their problems. The most enjoyable part of the job was interacting with the more professional and senior bankers. It was very insightful to hear their experiences particularly because I aspire to be a banker myself. I also enjoyed interacting with them as they shared tips and advice for my academic life and post-graduation as well as they journey and progress from a student to a full-fledged banker. Although the management was weary to assign us with more work, due to the risk and scale of activities involved, I think I was able to gain their trust and help out with more intermediate tasks such as drafting summary reports.
Learning from more senior bankers
I do not have many reviews as I was only an intern for 3 months. I learnt about the concept of mortgages, hands-on, on creating new credit/debit cards using their new software systems. Understanding their internal control system, so as to safeguard clients' data, that employees may not use them for illegal activities...etc As an intern, I do not have much responsibilities. And we were given very light duties. Hence privileges, like going home early, and reporting to work slightly later than the rest of the full-time employees, were granted for us.
Least skills learnt
Working in the S&T Department during my internship period was relatively rough at first as there were a lot of practical work that I have to learn fast on top of the theory my colleagues taught me. I have learned various admin duties including; batching, indexing and scanning throughout my internship period. After getting a grip on one of the job duties, there is a rotation system in terms of our duties whereby all of us will be assigned to a specific job role in performing the task until its deemed complete. It was a bit difficult at first trying to rotate different job roles and sometimes cover another role in case there is a lack of manpower on that day, however, with constant guidance and good advice from my fellow colleagues in the same team, I'm able to adapt myself to this rotation system that the department adopted and work efficiently with minimal supervision. Being surrounded by colleagues that are very supportive towards each other and putting in their best effort have also more or less motivated me to work hard and I would certainly not forget that period where our team receives an award for constantly giving good result during the monthly quizzes in the department.
Flexible working time