Société Générale Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
338 Reviews

3.1
338 Reviews
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
Frédéric Oudéa
87 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance isn't too bad in the right team, making a real push in some areas (in 72 reviews)

  • interesting working environment, global operations (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • French top brass do not believe any NON French people (in 10 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance - long term career opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Very deep financial expertise of SocGen employees
    Lot to learn because of their presence in multiple business lines
    Many career opportunities if you stick with them

    Cons

    Complex organization, multiple departments within each division of the group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Treated fairly with respect and able to have good work life balance. Mobility is not considered a negative by management.

    Cons

    There are times when you can be overlooked because your are not French. Sometimes there are two sets of rules. The french rules and rules for everyone else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The business in NY is going through a great transformation. New building provides a good, modern environment. Compared with other banks in NY, SG seems to be on a positive trend.

    Cons

    Delegation could be handled better-

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to create well trained teams and provide incentive for employees to pursue internal opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This was a good company to work for about 15-20 Years ago.

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    Former Employee - Funds Transfer Analyst/Specialist  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Funds Transfer Analyst/Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    This company is outsourcing operations to Montreal Canada , and Bangalore India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good employees when you have them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    People are very nice in the company. It's challenging but relaxing working atmosphere

    Cons

    Language. more than 80% people can speak French. If you don't speak French, you'll feel isolated somehow...

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work here

    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly People and nice location

    Cons

    No job security, frequent layoffs

  8.  

    A good learning experience that fosters growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    The company is a great place to grow as a person as it provides career opportunities
    Fosters professional growth as training is relatively easy to obtain if desired

    Cons

    Compensation is not comparable to competitors
    Career opportunities are sometimes provided without the appropriate training
    Focus more on retaining local talent, rather then the over abundance of 2 year contract of Paris employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinforce career opportunity provided to employees with the apporpriate types of training to prepare them for the new role. This can avoid the employees from failing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall positive. A lot of politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Location, size of company, mobility

    Cons

    Size of company.
    If you don't speak French you are at a disadvantage

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    normal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    - friendly environment
    - good location

    Cons

    - lack of communication
    - benefits
    - lack of training

    Approves of CEO

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