Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,694 Reviews

3.6
1,694 Reviews
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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
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Review Highlights

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.  

    It was life changing and very productive for my career

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    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

    It is a very friendly environment. All the employees are very friendly and always willing to help. The company has the best culture environment I have ever witnessed. It was an amazing opportunity and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest for Investment Banking

    Cons

    It can be time consuming, it is sometimes hard to balance work and personal life as you are in the office a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company to work for

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    Former Employee - Executive Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to start at, they look after all their employees, there is a strong sense of culture and belonging, and a lot of focus on delivering results

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging sometimes, with pressure to deliver that is always there. Often feels like you are constantly shortstaffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Spring Week

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs part-time

    Pros

    Smart people who aim high.

    Cons

    Can be two faced at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Cutthroat and not particularly impressive

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    Current Employee - Derivatives  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Derivatives in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to deals and flow.

    Cons

    Abusive unprofessional managers. Constant pointless turnover. Stress over being laid off. Long hours and subpar pay unless you are at a very senior level. Rather than pay you, they will remind you how lucky you are to be part of the Goldman dream team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GS doesn't actually practice anything they preach e.g. excellence, team player, long term greedy etc. The senior guys on my options desk couldn't even identify black-scholes, and yet I saw them callously ruin countless people's careers. Treating young people in a shabby way will come back to haunt you. In my current job, I have steered trading away from GS which has cost them many many many millions. Was that worth an associate's salary? Is that long-term greedy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, probably the best of banks I have worked for. Very good care for staff, highly professional.

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good staff for staff, good pay, relaxed most of the time. Very good team work as well.

    Cons

    Long hours, you need to stay there long enough to get promotion. But nothing different from other banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with staff more, not just corporate meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Spring Internship at Goldman Sachs

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    Former Employee - Operations Spring Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Spring Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The culture is very friendly, both seniors and juniors are very supportive. There are so many opportunities to learn new things and enhance both personal and team working skills. You are constantly being challenged and encouraged to improve yourself.

    Cons

    Managing expectations is very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very professional environment to work in

    Cons

    long hours and every one works like that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding , Great Learning Exprience

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    • 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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disgraceful treatment of people with long term illness useless middle management and too much off shoring

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Total depends on which team you work in - some are great and deal with new/interesting projects, others are just keeping the lights on.

    Cons

    You find some "managers" have just been brought up by inertia/the vacuum of their managers being promoted and they're often not up to/suitable for their job.

    The 360 degree review is complete bull, managers have the power to change the score to whatever they want so even if you average in the upper percentiles they can change this so that you look useless (and this stays on your permanent record).

    Base pay, as always at goldman, is a little less than industry standard but no longer are they making it up with the bonuses they used to.

    Despite all their "lgbt/black/Asian" etc networks there's still prejudice at even a fairly senior level and reverse prejudice (people saying that an intern must be hired as they fit xyz profile).

    If you're looking to be a developer in London, forget it. All work is done by the low cost or "high value" as they prefer to call it centres (Bangalore in India). And woe betide anyone who finds fault with their work or question why projects are running 100% overtime and still nowhere complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the work back to the uk, pay people what the rest of the industry do and listen to the people on the ground.

    Get rid of the middle management who know nothing of technology (struggle with simple SQL queries and can't even use excel or write a shell script). Who can't project manage, call avalanche method agile and don't have a clue what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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