Citigroup leads finance world in bullshit-generating capacity


38 Responses to “Citigroup leads finance world in bullshit-generating capacity”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    Good ol’ Citibank. I quit them in 2009 after they optimized the footprint of my credit card by doubling the interest rate for no reason other than simple greed. 

    • nachoproblem says:

      Eh, I left Citi because of their obnoxious charges on bounced 3rd party checks (namely the rent checks my deadbeat schmuck of a roommate bounced off me) and went to BofA for their slightly less obnoxious involuntarily bounced deadbeat check charges. But come 2009, or whenever it was that BofA changed hands, I came to regret it far more that anything Citi did to me. But who’s counting? Thugs and highway robbers, all of them.

    • mccrum says:

      Two weeks after I closed my account they sent an autodeduct through then had the gall to call me up and tell me I owed them $50 for overextending my account as well as the money they had sent from the closed account.

      The yelling the manager received in public about poor customer service being the reason I had closed my account in the first place for a credit union who knew me by name hopefully had an impact on everyone waiting in line…

    • I streamlined my efficiency while maintain realistic contractual concepts when I repositioned citigroup by shredding my credit card with them for posting disagreeable and unwarranted fees without prior approval in 2002. Sorry, people who lost your jobs, but you’ve been working for the devil, so now you know better? 

    • Frederik says:

      You mean you “repositioned your credit line to more acurately represent your corporate intrests and further optimize your world view”.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Urban Dictionary’s Word for Today:

    Expressing oneself using several business buzzwords in rapid succession.

    Alex released his synergasm onto the crowd, “At the end of the day, we have to leverage our value add paradigm by aligning our solution with our customer centric core competencies.”

  3. Donald Petersen says:

    My son just got over a stomach bug.  All Monday night he was repositioning his freshest protein-based nutrient assets through a streamlined reverse-peristaltic chain reaction across multiple geographies, including his bed, the stairs, the bathroom floor, and one of my slippers.  His net throughput has since stabilized, thank God.

    • Nicholas MacDonald says:

      Thanks for that. I just repositioned my carbonated high-fructose corn syrup based beverage all over my data input device.

  4. destroy_all_humans says:

    This is what happens when you pay writers by the word

  5. kmoser says:

    The real headline should be “Citibank didn’t anticipate market changes and is now scrambling to catch up while attempting to cover its ass with passive marketingspeak.”

  6. gracchus says:

    Cross any corporate HR department with the PR department, throw in some of the folks from legal “just in case,” and the output you’re guaranteed to get is some grade-A, Harry Frankfurt certified BS.

    In other words, if you think this was bad imagine sitting through endless meetings with the people who came up with this garbage.

  7. Lyle Hopwood says:

    You’ll laugh out of the other side of your laugher if it turns out that the people they are laying off are their 11,000 bullshit artists. 

    • nixiebunny says:

      They keep those until the bitter end.

      • BrianOman says:

         How else do you justify personal bonuses for failing to manage a company?

        • They’re contractually obligated to pay those bonuses. People forget that part.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Because they signed contracts that obligated them to give people fortunes for fucking up.

          • Bearpaw01 says:

            Yeah, just like pensions for workers are contractually obligated. Until they aren’t.

          • sdmikev says:

            why do some folks fall over themselves to genuflect in front of the likes of these companies?
            people are weird.

          • Donald Petersen says:

            What people seem to have forgotten is the meaning of the word “bonus,” as in “something in addition to what is expected or strictly due.”  It’s all very well to ensure one’s contract includes provisions for additional payments over and above salary, but all forms of contractual payment are gonna be “what is expected or strictly due.”  Once upon a time, the “bonus” one received for outstanding job performance or long service or fabulous gains in corporate stock value or whatever was entirely contingent upon the powers-that-be deciding such a bonus was earned.

            How distasteful the word’s new meaning has become.

  8. peregrinus says:

    Ran this through the *wheedlebox*:

    - We fired people
    - That makes us even cheaper to run, and we run even better now (we’re amazingly truly really good at running ourselves)
    - but don’t worry!!!  We’re still very very special, and especially in markets with people who look like they’re getting richer by the minute, we’re amazingly special and are the only firm who’s amazingly incredibly special like that, because they might help us make much more money, and we’re slightly abandoning the older markets we’re all used to because … hey we’re all friends!  Sit down, have a beer.
    - We’ll now be so good at what we do, so slim attractive and amazing, that we’re sure our appearance will be undeniably desirable to you

    - We’re *fzzt* getting into *bzzz* the sneaker business *prrrrt* and selling *grtpft* fantastic long-distance running gear *fzzt* to *gzzz* Vanuatu

  9. travtastic says:

    It’s always going to be funny, but never forget that their first goal isn’t to bullshit you, it’s to confuse you. The more ridiculous and long they make it, the more likely that you’ll just stop reading, and then they don’t have to convince you of anything.

  10. howaboutthisdangit says:

    11,000 jobs sacrificed so that massive executive bonuses may continue uninterrupted.

  11. awjt says:

    If they are optimizing and streamlining for better delivery, they would have done it years ago not suddenly realized one fine day.  Just goes to show you the people at the top have no fucking clue what they are doing.  If they knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t get into tough spots.  Meanwhile, as others have pointed out, the fat cats at the top continue to rake in the big dough regardless of the company’s bottom line.  Pitchforks and axes, I tell ya.  I don’t know when we’re going to get so fed up that we just simply refuse to let organizations like this even exist.

  12. DisGuest says:

    They aren’t into streamlining words, nope, no economy there.

  13. Ping Kee says:

    As an equation it looks like this: 

    260,000 – 11,000 = $1,100,000,000. 

    But don’t worry. Citigroup has a CSR report. Oh, sorry; it’s written by the same people who passed the rotting log above. My mistake…. 

  14. Ping Kee says:

    Derek Thompson is on the right track, but has failed to make Citigroup actually responsible for the sackings. His shortened version would be better as follows: “We’ve just sacked 11,000 people to save money.” 

    If this were an audio file, a long wet raspberry would follow to indicate how management thinks about those sacked.

  15. cservant says:

    We laugh about it, but the market, NYSE, is rewarding this action.  Up more than 3% since the 5th of December and it looks to me it’s holding those gains.

    Also the thought of “Cross any corporate HR department with the PR department, throw in some of the folks from legal ” scares the hell out of me!

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