Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
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Pros
  • learn from smart people who take their jobs seriously (in 185 reviews)

  • Ops is great in that you can learn a lot of transferable skill sets and abilities that you can take to almost any job (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • It is very difficult to maintain work life balance due to high expectations (in 323 reviews)

  • Very long hours but you know that going in (in 398 reviews)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent people with a lot of expertise.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit to fed up with themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flat.


  2. Great Experience

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization with outstanding work culture and excellent opportunities for career development. The 2- week internship programme served as a perfect introduction into investment banking.

    Cons

    There are no cons to mention.


  3. Fantastic training ground

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible people and culture. Relentless focus on teamwork and attention to detail. Armed me with critical skills for later in my career.

    Cons

    The culture rewards hard work - and at times keeping a work / life balance can be challenging, but I didn't mind, I knew what I had signed up for.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt has already made changes recently to cater to the need for work / life balance - I'd say keep it up.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Very satisfactory

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team work, learn a lot. very helpful people

    Cons

    not much, everything was fine


  6. Great place to be an analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you learn a lot - from the best

    Cons

    hours are bad.. no getting around that

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Internship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and working hours, opportunities for development and mobility that help enhance your career development tremendously, whilst making you feel motivated.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working at Goldman Sachs refer to balancing every activity you want to get involved in with the work you have to do on your desk. There are a lot of opportunities and projects available.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely stunning

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice place to work in, good salary and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Pretty hard to get in, but very rewarding


  9. Great company

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe that the environment and culture is suited to my personality. I find that that the ecosystem encourages teamwork, meritocracy and autonomy to a great extent.

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist. Expats and locals should have a comparable pay scale when working in "3rd World" nations


  10. Great learning experience in a dynamic environment.

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    One of the best places to start a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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)



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