Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 1,613 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein

Lloyd C. Blankfein

(1,081 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm(in 165 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 281 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for(in 355 reviews)

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    Very competitive, very rewarding, very little sleep.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearn a lot from leadership. They do take time to develop you as a professional, but you have to show that you are willing and able to due the work.

    ConsVery competitive climate, lots of people seem to be unhappy at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more vacations.

     

    good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proslearn from smart people who take their jobs seriously

    Conslong hours and very hierarchical

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove lifestyle to retain talent

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    Great Company to Work For

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsGoldman Sachs is quite a unique environment of "cream of the crop" people. Great place to work, and you will definitely be rewarded for working hard.

    ConsGoldman Sachs promotes work-life balance but this is not an easy balance to maintain. This can and does take a toll on family life. Hours can be very long (a minimum of 10-hour days is required/expected of "professionals") and the work is challenging. Extremely fast-paced, stress-filled environment. I have seen that young, less-experienced employees seem to be favored, rather than mature, experienced individuals.

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    Overall, my experience was positive because of the wonderful people I met and formed close relationships with.

    Wealth Management Professional (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsChallenging atmosphere with the potential to grow and develop tremendously, employees are all extremely friendly and willing to help new hires learn and advance, strong support from senior management for career growth

    ConsLong and hard work hours, often stressful, work-life balance can be difficult, hard to take time off the desk during the day - no lunch breaks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unforgiving but rewarding

    Summer Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe pay is enormous. Pay is almost 120k as a analyst. Your work hard and you receive heavy savings. The perfect place for a workaholic

    ConsYou have to manage your time.Your work 100 hours minimum....This is not a place where you want to stay permanently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to be pretty godlike in managing your time. I suggest saving as much money as possiple(because you wont be spending a dime of it). Get a apartment near the firm.... And cut alot of your expense.Skip the coffee to avoid crashed(Will suggested that you snack every 3 hours to maintain energy) It not your time it goldmans time and you better love finance. Did I mention every single way to save up money?That also means getting perfect credit scores and be really financially responsible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technology Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLearned a lot about management and things other than technology.

    ConsNot using cutting edge technology. Very cut throat

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop keep moving people around like every moth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great corporate values, mired by localized politics

    Senior Analyst Developer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHugely invested in employee growth (mentorship, on- and off-site education opportunities)
    Very smart/hard-working employees

    ConsExtremely political
    Not enough of a meritocracy (the loudest, not the best, employees tended to reap the biggest rewards)
    In my division, disruptive amounts of micro-management from all levels of management
    Very hard to advance without being extremely
    Having a work/life balance was strongly discouraged

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees to be more entrepreneurial!
    Do more to acclimate experienced hires into the political ecosystem

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good internship opportunity - smart colleagues

    Summer Analyst (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsGood pay and opportunity to do meaningful projects.

    ConsPolitical culture and lack of work/life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    GOD COMPLEX is Alive and WELL

    Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart people, decent cafeteria (but on the expensive side), resume-booster

    ConsRacist, Feminist, and uses "Diversity and Inclusion" as window dressings. In fact, the SEC needs to look into their expense practices, because they don't adhere to their own policies

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease remember you haven't invented the cure to cancer, so come out of the clouds and walk on the ground with the rest of us

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Times are changing

    Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsStill some smart people around.
    Good benefits.

    ConsTheir hallmark statement is that people are one its greatest assets needs to be dusted off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook outside to see why people leave . Other companies offer just as good,if not better work environment, perks, problems to solve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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