Citigroup In Talks For Layoff After Management Overhaul, Support Staff Employees At Risk: Report

Citigroup managers are having discussions with employees about potential layoffs, with support staff and risk management most at risk

Citigroup support staff and risk management are among the most likely to lose their jobs as the bank embarks on a sweeping reorganisation. Technology staff working on overlapping functions are also at risk of being laid off.

Citi managers are already convening discussions with employees about potential layoffs. One-on-one meetings about departures were also starting, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Citigroup declined to comment on the matter.

This comes after the third largest bank in USA announced on Wednesday that it will strip out a layer of management and cut jobs. CEO Jane Fraser, who called the reorganisation as Citi's biggest in almost two decades, will get more direct control over its businesses in an effort to boost profits and the stock price.

Executives looking over revenue-producing businesses explained the changes on Wednesday and reassure their teams that the overhaul would reduce bureaucracy and prioritise profit-making activities.

The bank is still dealing with a 2020 consent order by regulators demanding it fix several "longstanding deficiencies" in its internal controls.

"Simplifying the organization will also advance the execution of Citi's transformation, the firm's top priority," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Citigroup has heavily invested in recent years in technology systems to increase risk controls and compliance to address the consent order. But the company still employs many people with overlapping functions and redundant technology systems.

"They have been very careful and deliberate in what they do, especially because the risk and control transformation must work," said Moody's senior vice president Peter Nerby, the responsible for rating Citi.

Under the new structure, the heads of Citi's five major businesses will report directly to the CEO. The bank will also cut regional leadership roles outside North America.

Citi had 240,000 employees at the end of the second quarter. That compares with headcounts of about 216,000 at Bank of America and 234,000 at Wells Fargo, the second and fourth largest U.S. lenders, respectively.

While the scale of the job cuts is still unclear, Fraser told staff in a memo Wednesday that the departures would enable producers and dealmakers to focus their time on clients and driving results.

"We'll be saying goodbye to some very talented and hard-working colleagues," she wrote.

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