This should go down well.
Citigroup, which has gotten $45 billion in bailout money, plans to drop around $10 million on constructing new offices for CEO Vikram Pandit and other execs, Bloomberg reports, after examining documents filed with the New York City Department of Buildings.
It sounds like the new offices will be pretty sweet:
Plans and instructions for the bank’s contractors, on file with the city, specify the installation of at least one Sub-Zero Inc. refrigerator and icemaker in the renovated space, along with “premium grade” millwork and Madico Inc. “Safety Shield 800” blast-proof window film. The project encompasses 17 private offices, each with space for administrative assistants, as well as two conference rooms and open areas with “soft seating,” according to the plans.
Former Merrill CEO John Thain has been widely slammed for spending $1.2 million on a 2007 redecoration of his office suite - the same year his company suffered massive losses and needed to be rescued by Bank of America*.
As for Pandit, in January he canceled an order for a corporate jet after it drew outrage, and later told Congress:
I get the new reality and I’ll make sure Citi gets it as well.
* This sentence has been corrected from an earlier version.