Goldman Sachs Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
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Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 166 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 283 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for (in 356 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for if you don't mind the long hours

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    * Great colleagues, many of whom I still keep in touch with
    * They give you as much responsibility as you can handle. In other companies there have been clearly defined roles and people have stayed within those, but at Goldmans you do whatever the project needs you to. I stepped further out of my comfort zone than ever before, and gained more confidence as a result

    Cons

    * Tight deadlines
    * It can be challenging when you are in London and projects are run from New York

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology Intern

    Former Employee - Technology Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Excellent work environment
    -Very friendly colleagues
    -Good facilities
    -Relatively flat hierarchy (as far as banks go)

    Cons

    -Not much room for career development after the first 3 years
    -Danger of being sucked into support roles for offices elsewhere in the globe

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding , Great Learning Exprience

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart motivated colleagues, teamwork /consensus driven culture, strong firm identity

    Cons

    difficult to maintain a work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, but not every team is equally good to work with.

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    An exciting and fulfilling internship programme. Plenty of opportunities to learn, lots of training provided. Good working hours in Technology.

    Cons

    Not all teams support their interns equally well. You can demonstrate drive, but without the support of your manager there's not much you can do over the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to train your team managers in people development. Some are only focused on results, which lower the morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding organisation. The people, culture and working environment are first class.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Everyday challenges you to be the best that you can be. People around you continually stretch you outside of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Tough environment to be truly successful in if you are not the very best of the best in your field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on leveling the playing field.

  7.  

    fast learning experience

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great culture and great teamwork

    Cons

    no worklife balance; some bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best corporate culture management, from my experience. Always feeling integrated and learning soft and hard skills.

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Goldman Sachs is amazing at integrating new people within the current employee base. They are great at easing you in the culture. It might seem like a "brainwash" initially but it is amazing to see how truly connected and commited to other's development is. You are always encouraged to network with others and it is always possible and highly appreciated. People truly make time to meet and get to know you and that helps when there are questions lateron. You always have someone to turn to. Training on the job through networking! Even after the job, I still keep in touch because I have developed a big sense of appreciation and connection for the company.

    Cons

    High pressure environment and intense hours. You have to be truly passionate about the work itself (not really a con, but an important aspect to excell).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being involved with junior employees and interns. Unbelieveable but true, people in Management positions are incredibly available to connect with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding quality of people, amazing brand name

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exceptional quality of people, lots of opportunities within the company, good compensation, good career prospects after, great name on a CV, great networking

    Cons

    The main downside are the long hours and basically no life. Not a long term career for someone who is looking for a more balanced life. Great place to start a career though. Best to do it in early twenties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent quality of people

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay
    Intelligent and pleasant people in my department

    Cons

    Many sharks in other departments
    Lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the business and look after your best people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Very talented and passionate technologists
    - Deal with some of the best Computer Science problems
    - The work you do can have a large impact on the firm

    Cons

    - They do overwork you, spent a lot of time outside the usual 9-6 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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