Goldman Sachs
3.7 of 5 1,591 reviews
www.goldmansachs.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.7 1,591 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein

Lloyd C. Blankfein

(1,066 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm"
    in 156 reviews
  • "You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines"
    in 40 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder"
    in 258 reviews
  • "Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for"
    in 346 reviews
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    Security company horrible they treat you like crap

    Security Officer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBest pay rate I've ever had good steady hours unlimited over time union benefits

    ConsOMG were to begin ...securing a bunch of pompous snotty people isn't pleasant they expect you to keep them safe but they treat you like crap. Co workers, very few were sincere most of them are a bunch of kiss butts back stabbing just to make themselves look better in front of management . The managers only 1 of them were reasonable the others were a bunch of corporate puppets .

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop selling your soul to the devil for a check .... Have some respect for yourself and other humans.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Place to work!

    Analyst/Developer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood money, really smart people.

    Consno work life balance. politics in the system.

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

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    Good Company to work for

    Vice President - Technology (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAwesome work culture and good benefits

    ConsWork Life Balance can be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing people, bureauacratic structure

    Compliance Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYou will work with the smartest, hardest-working, and driven people in the country. The firm trains and pushes you in ways that very few companies can match. You will be pushed to be the best and you will enjoy it.

    ConsYour success is too dependent on things you cannot directly control such as the success of your manager. It also takes time for decisions to be made based off of the bureaucratic structure of the firm.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company

    Analyst/Developer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNice building. Competitive pay.
    Competent tech environment.

    ConsLong hours.
    Café food variety very limited.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good and Bad times

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsGreat benefits (excluding pay) including a lot of vacation days. Company promotes cultural diversity and is very much against any type of discrimination. Once management likes you there are lots of opportunities to learn new things and get your name out there. Work is challenging and fast paced in a good way. You will be tested in all aspects and if in the end GS in not a right fit for you this will be a great benefit elsewhere. There are a lot of smart people that know how to solve problems and work hard - many opportunities to learn from them.

    ConsLong hours are the norm. You're expected to give a little bit too much of yourself to the job. Peer reviews are a very large part of how employees are evaluated so that opens you up to backstabbing and co-workers writing bad reviews full of half-truths or even flat out lies. You hope management will see through that and not penalize you. Compensation in support roles/operations is not enough for the amount of work and effort put in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to make people feel more valued, maybe by giving a raise once in a while.

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

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    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsLots of challenges, lots of opportunity, being very busy makes the 10-12 hour days go fast.

    Conssome managers do not know how to manage people, very obvious that it helps A LOT to be a hug for opportunities and promotions.

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

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    Great opportunities, but be prepared to sacrifice your life.

    Global Investment Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsThe company has a great reputation and gave me opportunities to meet people that I probably would not have otherwise. The training programs are pretty good as well.

    ConsI worked 80-90 hrs/week almost every week, which was okay because I loved what I did. But people at the top tended to not handle stress well and that trickled down. It seemed like respect only went one way, which I couldn't deal with. Additionally, a lot of people that work there think they are really smart or entitled, which is a joke. Lastly, there are tons of meetings that are really redundant but mandatory, which seemed like a waste of time given the amount of work that was usually yet to be done.

    Advice to Senior Management"People are our greatest asset" shouldn't be your motto unless you are prepared to actually treat people with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, long hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, name recognition for resume and above average pay

    ConsLong hours and bureaucracy can be tough to deal with

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Logistics coordinator

    Logistics (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat Learning opportunities! learned alot in the 12 years i was there

    Consthey are all about the bottom dollar your just a dollar amount to them so when the numbers are not made they will chop you with no thought what so ever!!! they talk about one thing but at they do another!!

    Advice to Senior Managementstop preaching the GS culture as this great thing becuase its not.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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