Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
1,810 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 181 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 317 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours (even though management says office "face time" is not important (in 390 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience in a dynamic environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern

    Pros

    GS is a full- service, global investment bank that offers client service across the firm. So it offers you the best opportunities globally in financial services.

    Cons

    High levels of pressure and sometimes too much work.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best places to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble
    * Bank is well run (efficient IT systems in place, management regularly reviewed by more junior people, productive trainings and feedback from management)
    * Ability to move internally
    * International culture
    * Good salary

    Cons

    * Working hours can be long (not in all departments though but the culture is to work hard)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very competitive environment providing plenty of opportunities for shaking up one's career every couple of years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the top Asset Managers around. Big enough to give its best people lots of opportunity to take side steps, to step up or to move to another country. Being part of Goldman has also sit perks such as having access to an impressive intellectual capital.

    Cons

    There is no respite and far too much politics. In order to succeed you not only need to be good. You need to be better than your peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with everyone not only with those you are matey with. You could learn a lot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was life changing and very productive for my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a very friendly environment. All the employees are very friendly and always willing to help. The company has the best culture environment I have ever witnessed. It was an amazing opportunity and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest for Investment Banking

    Cons

    It can be time consuming, it is sometimes hard to balance work and personal life as you are in the office a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to start at, they look after all their employees, there is a strong sense of culture and belonging, and a lot of focus on delivering results

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging sometimes, with pressure to deliver that is always there. Often feels like you are constantly shortstaffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, probably the best of banks I have worked for. Very good care for staff, highly professional.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good staff for staff, good pay, relaxed most of the time. Very good team work as well.

    Cons

    Long hours, you need to stay there long enough to get promotion. But nothing different from other banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with staff more, not just corporate meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Spring Internship at Goldman Sachs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Spring Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Spring Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is very friendly, both seniors and juniors are very supportive. There are so many opportunities to learn new things and enhance both personal and team working skills. You are constantly being challenged and encouraged to improve yourself.

    Cons

    Managing expectations is very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very professional environment to work in

    Cons

    long hours and every one works like that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Brilliant Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spring Intern Securities in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Spring Intern Securities in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, collaborative environment

    Cons

    Hard work, only suitable for those who have a genuine passion for financial markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Goldman Sachs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In house training is fantastic. The canteen, gym and medical centres in the building are top class. The people are all intelligent and driven meaning you are constantly challenged. Good options to move internally.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to maintain. Down turn lay offs can be tough as with any investment bank.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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