Campus Testimonials

Anita, Associate, Graduates Matter Rotation Program (GMRP)

What makes CIBC a great place to work for students and grads:

CIBC is an excellent environment for new graduates to launch their careers. With CIBC's Career Programs such as the GMRP, new graduates have the opportunity to further develop their skills and explore their interests through a series of six-month rotational assignments, over a two-year period.

About CIBC's culture:

Having worked within the financial services industry in the past, I saw an immediate culture difference when I started working at CIBC. It quickly became apparent that not only does CIBC value talent, it helps cultivate it. In other words, employees from all levels of the bank are encouraged to grow their potential and continually think about skill development for future roles.

Part of a team contributing to the bank's success:

As one of CIBC's core values, the concept of teamwork certainly holds a strong presence within the bank. Employees from all levels and functional groups regularly work together to bring the bank's vision to fruition. This is accomplished with a positive attitude, a willingness to share information and learnings, as well as a unanimous commitment to achieving the greater goal.

A typical day at CIBC:

While each day is unique, a typical day may flow accordingly:

  • Arrive at the office and review CIBC Today's updates, your day's schedule and email.
  • Prepare for status meetings and presentations to management.
  • Attend meetings and work on assigned projects.
  • Meet with a business partner whose area you would like to learn more about.

What it's like to work for CIBC:

Working for CIBC has been a wonderful experience. With challenging work, supportive management, enthusiastic colleagues, and a myriad of personal development opportunities, one cannot help but enjoy coming into work in the morning.

Why Anita chose to join CIBC:

My decision to work for CIBC was easy. The GMRP rotation program is any new graduate's dream as it allows associates to not only explore one's interests, but also develop a broad understanding of the bank and how the many working parts contribute to the greater whole. Moreover, CIBC offers competitive salaries, benefit options, and employee offers, making employees feel truly valued.

Advice to students who want to work at CIBC:

  • Take advantage of summer internships, if possible. These priceless opportunities allow one to get a sense of CIBC's culture and develop networks that have the potential to sponsor post-graduate opportunities.
  • Submit resumes on time.
  • Be willing to work outside of your comfort zone, as it is often these opportunities that offer the greatest learning experience.

Jonathan, Associate, Graduates Matter Rotation Program (GMRP)

What makes CIBC a great place to work for students and grads:

CIBC is committed to employee development and support; CIBC provides opportunities for you to develop the knowledge and abilities needed to advance your career at the bank.

About the environment at CIBC:

CIBC's culture is best described by the corporate employee value statement "to create a positive employee experience in an environment where people can excel". CIBC's employees reflect this statement through open communication, positive and welcoming attitudes and a collaborative environment which ensures that both the company and the individuals achieve their goals.

Part of a team contributing to the bank's success:

Retail Distribution & Wealth Management Finance Strategic Planning & Analysis group works with the VP Finance to support the business leader (EVP). The group's activities in support of the business include analysis of results, planning, performance measurement and ad-hoc analysis which helps the senior leaders plot the course for the business going forward.

A typical day at CIBC:

The depth and breadth of the assignments you are able to undertake at CIBC is part of the appeal of working in a strategic business unit, and as such there is no "typical day". One day you could be making presentation decks for the senior executive team and the next you could be forecasting the next 5 years of the company's future.

What it's like to work for CIBC:

Working at CIBC as a GMRP associate has taught me how to add value to my rotational teams from day one, it has taught me to take pride in my work and has given me the flexibility to align my career path with my aspirations and CIBC's business priorities.

Why I chose CIBC:

As a fresh graduate and having worked as a summer analyst with CIBC previously, I was eager to start my career with the company upon graduation. From day one I was treated with respect, my opinions were valued and I have been given every opportunity to achieve my personal goals. CIBC makes you feel as though the company is as committed to your development as you are.

Advice to students who want to work at CIBC:

In short, never stop learning. Take full advantage of the wealth of experience and knowledge of your fellow employees whom are more than eager to teach, if you're willing to learn.

Aman — Associate, Commercial Banking

Aman joined CIBC just over a year and a half ago as a part of the Associate Development Program in Commercial Banking, and recently joined one of the Commercial Banking market teams. In his own words…

What makes CIBC a great place to work for students and grads:

One of the great things for students or new grads is that there are lots of opportunities to work directly with senior members of your team as well as various partner groups from across the bank. In Commercial Banking, there are many opportunities to be in front of CEOs, COOs, and CFOs of companies on a regular basis and observe their businesses first-hand. One of the most interesting aspects is that you have the ability to build up expertise in numerous industries and become an important strategic partner for your clients.

About CIBC’s culture:

Something that typifies CIBC’s culture is the ability to pick up the phone or approach practically anyone across the organization, and everyone’s willingness to help.

Part of a team contributing to the bank’s success:

Commercial Banking is a part of the Retail Markets division at CIBC. Commercial Banking provides banking services to mid-market companies engaged in a wide-array of industries through numerous offices across Canada. We help companies to create, protect, and realize value by being an important strategic partner to our clients.

A typical day at CIBC:

The day usually consists of catching up with business or industry specific news, and dealing with any client priorities that need to be addressed. Following this, the day can be divided into portfolio management and business development activities. Portfolio management consists of ensuring that clients financing needs are being met, and that we stay up to date with our client’s business results and industry trends. Business development involves learning about the workings of specific industries in which we are seeking to partner with clients, preparing for meetings and then meeting prospects to have meaningful discussions.

What it’s like to work for CIBC:

While in the rotation program I had the opportunity to thoroughly learn and participate in financings for industries such as public sector, professional services firms, financial institutions and the media space. One great aspect of it all is that you can take advantage of opportunities that arise to work in areas/industries in which you have developed expertise in or are simply interested in learning more about the industry.

Why Aman chose to join CIBC:

One of the main factors that played a role in my decision to join CIBC was the quality of people I had met through the interview process, receptions, and my conversations with employees from across the bank. Another reason was the structured approach to employee development, where employees are empowered to take a lead role in their career development.

Advice to students who want to work at CIBC:

I believe that joining any large organization as a student may be a little intimidating at first, especially since there’s a huge learning curve and it may seem difficult to learn how to navigate through CIBC as an organization. But as new employees, all the people that you are surrounded by are great resources who are always willing to help, thereby contributing to not only your success but also to that of CIBC as a whole.

Himani — Developer, Retail Branch Technology

What makes CIBC a great place to work for students and grads:

Working for one of the leading financial institutions with a diverse workforce environment helps students and grads to work in teams and excel in their field of work.

About the environment at CIBC:

CIBC’s environment includes its diverse workforce, which is committed towards fair treatment and also develops teamwork and accountability within the workforce. We always have diversity programs which bring us all together and motivate to understand the strength of “Teamwork”.

A typical day at CIBC:

My entrance to CIBC was not a typical one. Prior to embarking on CIBC I have worked with different companies as part of my Co-op. As a solution developer at CIBC, I am part of the technology team supporting Retail branches. Here’s my typical day:

  • 6:00a.m. — Alarm goes off and it’s time to get ready.
  • 8:00a.m — Arrive at work. Check and respond to emails.
  • 8:30a.m. – 11:30am — Start working on assigned tasks. Attend meeting(s), code reviews and conduct peer shadowing if time permits.
  • 11:30a.m. – Noon — Check emails
  • Noon – 1:00p.m. — Lunch time. I am not a coffee drinker, although I wish I were! I eat constantly to keep my energy up.
  • 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. — Back to work. I always prefer to read technical docs and get detail understanding on what I am working on.
  • 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. — I would say this is the best hour of the day. Status meeting.
  • 4:30p.m. — End of day.

What it’s like to work for CIBC:

To work at CIBC is a wonderful experience. Not only is CIBC a leading financial institution in Canada, but it is also leading the way in the number of recruits with diverse backgrounds, which helps serve the diverse community that Canada has. Working for CIBC also teaches a person how to work in a team, how to work individually and how to be accountable and responsible for the work you provide.

Why you chose CIBC:

Its diverse workforce and excellent work culture made me choose CIBC as my employer. I have also heard that they will consider a student part of a team and provide an opportunity to demonstrate our skills as much as we can. And I can surely say that I have found the same.

Advice to students who want to work at CIBC:

You have to keep your mind open all the time as, our mind is like a parachute, let it fly when it’s open. Grab as much knowledge as you can from both a behavioral and technical perspective. I must say people here are very helpful and cooperative.

Tio — Analyst, Investment Banking, wholesale banking

What makes CIBC a great place to work for students and grads:

CIBC is a great place to work for students and grads because you are challenged from the day you join the team. Regardless of what group you work for within the wholesale bank, you are treated like a full-time employee and presented with learning opportunities you may not see elsewhere. More importantly, CIBC ensures you have the right tools and resources you need to exceed those challenges and expectations.

About the environment at CIBC:

Positive, welcoming, and hard-working are all great ways to describe the environment at CIBC. Everyone I have had an opportunity to work with thus far comes in every day with a positive attitude. Optimistic approaches at work lead to great productivity and motivate you to strive that much more.

My colleagues at CIBC were extremely welcoming as well when I started. Joining an open-concept environment with 15 professional may seem daunting at first, but my group did their best to ensure I felt part of the team. It made communication so much easier and created an enjoyable working environment.

Part of a team contributing to the bank’s success:

I work in the investment bank which falls under the wholesale banking arm of CIBC. We manage relationships with small, mid, and large-cap companies and provide them with equity, debt, and advisory needs.

Beyond the products and services we offer to clients, we also act as a conduit to other groups at CIBC. Housing a banking relationship with a client means we can also generate business for our credit group, equity group, commercial bank, and merchant bank.

A typical day at CIBC:

The best answer to this question is there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ and that is exactly what makes the job so exciting. I may come in one morning and be doing an analysis on a potential M&A transaction and the next day I will be taking part in a client conference call to discuss IPO opportunities. This job never gets dull and every day is a new learning experience.

What it’s like to work for CIBC:

In August 2008, the summer students, alongside the campus recruitment team, organized a trip to the Ronald McDonald house. We had the opportunity entertain and provide a barbeque lunch for over 20 kids who were ill and underprivileged. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had to date in a professional environment.

The experience encapsulated some of CIBC’s best values. It reiterated the importance and commitment of the organization to making a difference in the community.

Why you chose CIBC:

Everything from the recruitment process to the wholesale bank’s leading presence in the Canadian capital markets.

I opted to go on exchange in my 3rd year at Queen’s University, limiting my ability to take full advantage of banking recruitment during the winter term. After speaking with the campus recruitment team, they did their best to accommodate my unique situation and helped me setup interviews before I left. CIBC’s commitment to acquiring talent and accommodating my needs spoke volumes about the organization.

From a capital markets standpoint, I knew from the get-go that CIBC was the top choice for me. For years, CIBC has been at the forefront of the investment banking industry and has led the biggest deals in the Canadian spectrum. Professional development was a priority for me and it was clear that CIBC would expose me to significant mandates and help me develop into an experienced professional.

Advice to students who want to work at CIBC:

Take full advantage of the opportunities CIBC presents you. From the moment you join your respective team, get involved with as much as you can. Meet with your senior leaders, relay your goals and then work to achieve those milestones.