Castleton Commodities International Reviews

Updated 2 Mar 2020

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Castleton Commodities International President and Chief Executive Officer William C. Reed II (no image)
William C. Reed II
22 Ratings
  1. "It could be great, but it won't be."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best office location in London and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    No transparency, local management not given freedom to make any decisions, little to no growth for junior and mid-level employees.

    Castleton Commodities International2020-02-27
  2. Helpful (2)

    "avoid at all costs"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some great people in the office, lovely office & location, good snacks.

    Cons

    There is no transparency at all, people 'vanish' on a regular basis & everyone has the mentality of 'when will I get sacked'. People openly talk about sticking around in order to get a payout. All decisions come from US, local offices just bow down to their ideology regardless of whether it works for us or not. There is very little support - a 'get on with it' attitude even when you raise queries of inappropriate sexual comments or inappropriate religious comments. Staff turnover is incredibly high, causing a lot of disruption and unless you're part of the Senior Management Team you will feel replaceable and typically are replaced. Op's team has been destroyed, only a couple left in the office but with the same workload - no one senior is doing anything to help. Admin staff are treated poorly with very long hours and assumption that they're stupid. Traders are treated better than most providing they're making money, otherwise they just get sacked. Local HR department needs a huge overhaul - very unprofessional team. Pay is average at best, comp is the worst i've ever had

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    Castleton Commodities International2020-03-02
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Look Elsewhere"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Castleton Commodities International

    Pros

    Most of the ops people are pretty cool.

    Cons

    Unless you’re part of the “club” senior management. Don’t expect to receive much, if any, raise or bonus. They primarily hire temps, then string them along until they either quit, or aren’t needed anymore. It allows them hire cheap labor, without having to supply benefits or vacation time. If you do get hired full time, it’s usually for much less than what industry standard is.

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    Castleton Commodities International2019-10-29
  4. "Worked with CCI for a year"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Desktop Support in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Office Location, Friendly Atmosphere, Nice Kitchen, Free Snacks, Decent Work Load, Great Team to work with, As long as you have delivered your line managers expectations you are well in control!

    Cons

    I don't see any cons. We just need to step up. This is a corporate world.

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    Castleton Commodities International2019-08-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Low pay, no raises."

    3.0
    Associate Director Business Analyst in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Castleton Commodities International

    Pros

    Accountability , okay benefits. Work environment. Good location.

    Cons

    Over worked, not compensated for hard work.

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    Castleton Commodities International2019-06-29
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Huge opportunity to expand your career."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Office Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strategic firm, open minded culture.

    Cons

    Pay is quite lower than competitors, but this isn't a bad thing.

    Castleton Commodities International2019-06-22
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, low morale, and salaries on the lower end of market range"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Most people want to go the extra mile to get the job done well. The office's open concept makes it a nice work atmosphere, and it is located near good restaurants and bars. Depending on the needs of the company and how well you manage your career, you could take on new and challenging opportunities that will help with your career growth. Bonuses can be very good if you're a good performer AND you haven't gotten on someone's s**t list.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally on the lower end of market range. If promoted in some interim period, your responsibilities will change immediately but, as "per company policy", your salary is not adjusted until March of the following year (and you're not told exactly how much is the adjustment until such time). Insurance benefits are also not the best and the 401k match is 100% vested after your 3rd yr. of service. There is certainly favoritism, which could be very good or very bad depending on what end of the stick you manage to be in. The morale in some groups is low due to much restructuring and/or changes in departmental direction, the Finance function being one of them.

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    Castleton Commodities International2018-11-06
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Castleton Commodities International full-time

    Pros

    They have a generous bonus pool

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of turnaround. Most do no stay very long.

    Castleton Commodities International2018-11-02
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Oil Trader"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Oil Trader in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location. Some decent colleagues. Uncertainty generates camaraderie. Generally one has a clear mandate to trade. Decent trade support on physical and paper. Decent coffee.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Very high staff turnover across all aspects of the business. The company doesn’t know if it’s a merchant energy trader or a hedge fund. The big merger with Morgan Stanley was a huge drain on resources. Much off the legacy CCI structure/personnel got chopped to buy the MS group time. Absolutely useless, and expensive, research group. Risk model is a bit mental.

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    Castleton Commodities International2018-11-30
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Awful Culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Castleton Commodities International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very fast paced, will learn a lot

    Cons

    Hard work goes unnoticed and never acknowledged - do not expect a pay increase or bonus for your efforts unless you play into the heavy office politics. If you are given a verbal or bonus target - it is a trick to get you into the door. This is not the place for you unless you have a stick up your bottom and do not care to have any type of work-life balance. HR is a disaster, new leaders do not have a say since those with more time at the company already paved their one-way road - Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing!

    Castleton Commodities International2018-10-24
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