Société Générale Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
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Pros
  • Good work life balance sometimes (in 75 reviews)

  • friendly and relaxed working environment (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • French top brass do not believe any NON French people (in 12 reviews)

  • Career advancement for those who don't come from the Grandes Ecoles / Societe Generale Paris office pipeline can be difficult (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International context, working with french people

    Cons

    Compensation, missing honesty with management

    Advice to Management

    Honesty is missing


  2. Associate

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst/Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    one extra week of vacation vs other financial firms

    Cons

    no movement or advancement in career

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Event Coordinator

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    Former Employee - IT Event/Project Coordinator in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Event/Project Coordinator in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Management Good pay and hours

    Cons

    French favored over English a lot Not many career advance opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as equal


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  5. Helpful (2)

    First Year Analyst

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    Current Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, great location

    Cons

    French is more used than English


  6. Helpful (2)

    Things are more stable now

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good perks + much easier lifestyle compared to other investment banks

    Cons

    Went through periods of high turnover and managerial inconsistency. Frequent reorganizations and poor financial performance affected morale. I'm told things are better now.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan and stick to it


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Could show More appreciation to employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Everything is mediocre

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - many vacation days - 401k matching (8%) - office location (mid nyc and newport, jersey city)

    Cons

    - uses old legacy systems/applications - mediocre pay/bonus basically company is "okay". nothing really stands out. management is mediocre, pay is mediocre, technology mediocre, etc


  9. Helpful (2)

    The challenge makes you stronger

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Internal innovations are strongly pushed along with vba. Creating your own solutions to problems is very rewarding in a MacGyver esque sort of way.

    Cons

    Acclimate to the culture or be an outsider. French will be spoken so the quicker you learn the better off you will be

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the time and the constant turnover. Thank you for your mixed communications. Thank you for the anonymous surveys that could no way make anyone feel like they were anonymous


  10. Helpful (1)

    Policy of the company needs to be reviewed

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    team spirit good balance between private and business life good atmosphere at work

    Cons

    low salary and low benefits


  11. a place where you can learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    as a intern i was assigned working with management trainee, i got to learn a lot

    Cons

    some jobs and assignments are repetitive work



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