Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated July 30, 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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  1. Stressful atmosphere as Intern - I can only imagine what It is like as a full-time hire...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spring Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Spring Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, prestigious and good benefits. Goldman on your CV is like gold-dust. Worth sweating it out for the name...

    Cons

    Stressful atmosphere as Intern - I can only imagine what It is like as a full-time hire... No work-life balance from what I can see any there is literally nobody older than 30 in the office except for MDs


  2. Great place that I would go back to

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst (Trading) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst (Trading) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunities, attractive pay and bonus, great work ethic and culture, diverse and international environment, needless to mention the company reputation (and what it does to your CV), ....

    Cons

    Working hours are often over-rated, most is face time and it's just useless! Also I got an offer for a job, and when I started was placed in a totally different team where we had ZERO personal fit, my boss hated me and the role was not at all what I wanted to do. No opportunity to use internal mobility before 18 months in the firm, so I quit

    Advice to Management

    If you hire analysts and you actually want them to stay in the firm (when I quit I was asked why so many analysts decide to leave), then treat them well. Keep them informed, be transparent about staffing decisions and don't let somebody look forward to the job for 1 year and then tell him on the first day that he is getting another (worse) job.


  3. GS

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good thriving ecosystem, good exposure to business

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be better, faster adoption of newer technologies.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A factory

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Tech in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President Tech in London, England (UK)

    I worked 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

    - smart colleagues (mostly) - opportunities to learn: no shortage of opportunities to step up and do something bigger - good internal mobility within division/location (interdivisional mobility is almost impossible however)

    Cons

    - "factory" environment at it's worst - low morale - can no longer attract the best in big enough numbers

    Advice to Management

    The company is not what it used to be - people see this - you can't continue to pretend.


  6. High

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    It offers very High salary plus relatively good bonus

    Cons

    Long hour and very aggressive environment

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    Intern Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Global exciting company - Access to a fascinating world of finance and business - Excellent pay

    Cons

    - Small cog, big machine - Work is pretty boring - Long working hours - Little innovation

    Advice to Management

    You limit your developers by discouraging thinking outside of the box, asking questions or pushing limits. I've since moved to be a mobile developer for startups, and find many banks are simply buying out/acu-hiring startups. If you gave developers the option to think like a startup, I think you could achieve much more.


  8. Associate strategist

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities available and access to everything about financial markets.

    Cons

    Too much polítics, not as much meritocracy as one would expect. Long hours not always rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    take more into consideration divisions not directly related with the "business" and reward based on work and delivery rather than on politics.


  9. Challenging

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and extra benefits are very rewarding, you end up working with very smart people that you can learn from, career advancement opportunities are plenty.

    Cons

    I guess the biggest dissadvantage is the fact collaboration is not fostered by higher management. This could lead to higher stress.

    Advice to Management

    The main advice for management is to do more to foster cooperation. Big deals are not made by just an individual but by a full team.


  10. Fractious but may have changed

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, ahead of the curve. Smartest most informed traders on the street, due to organizational infrastructure.

    Cons

    Change of Job Scope on Day 1. Change of reporting lines on Day 1. Immediate Mgr had no idea about job scope. Smart people sometimes think too highly of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out reasons for a hire BEFORE making it.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Professional and very diverse, but not the ideal place for a technologist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * On average mostly smart people, down-to-earth * Professional and very diverse * Great job security for good performers * Some truly great managers

    Cons

    * Technology division still not seen as a revenue-generator, nor core enough to the business, and relatively poorly compensated * Still somewhat bureaucratic -- arbitrary non-meritocratic guidelines set by HR (minimum experience required for promotions etc) * Proprietary and non-transferrable technologies -- makes technologists not want to stay for too long * Huge lack of transparency into employee compensation -- person next to you could be just as good but get 40% less/more * Mostly only the top 1% are paid better than other banks

    Advice to Management

    * Change senior management perception and culture towards technology * Reduce bureaucracy



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