Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
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Pros
  • learn from smart people who take their jobs seriously (in 185 reviews)

  • Ops is great in that you can learn a lot of transferable skill sets and abilities that you can take to almost any job (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • It is very difficult to maintain work life balance due to high expectations (in 323 reviews)

  • Very long hours but you know that going in (in 398 reviews)

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  1. working at Goldman Sachs

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    Current Employee - Imac Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Imac Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    flexible working time nice working area

    Cons

    not enough work, more needed. More diversify needed as there more systems to support


  2. Recommended

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of hardworking, smart and inspiring people which creates a dynamic and motivating work environment. Friendly team, strong leadership who work hard and inspire their team. Great to have on the CV, very positive experience.

    Cons

    Long working hours and my business area was one of the less intense.


  3. Executive Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Intelligent workforce Efficient Hard working culture Smart people

    Cons

    Political Destructive competition environment work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to focus on management and leadership development. Find better global firm wide solutions to issues rather than incentivising people to work for purely their own benefit.


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  5. Associate

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a very competitive and smart place

    Cons

    lots of politics and

    Advice to Management

    please move the appropriate ppl


  6. Ficc electronic trading strat

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    Current Employee - Ficc Electronic Trading Strat in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ficc Electronic Trading Strat in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Your thoughts and ideas are listened to, short "idea to production" time, dynamic environment, great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Any problem requires an agreement by a large group of people, so sometimes decisions are made very slowly

    Advice to Management

    Improve support groups - Legal, technology, etc. It takes them unbelievably long to do simple tasks, increase individual accountability


  7. Associate, Investment Banking

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

    Pros

    Scope of work, impact delivered for clients, resources available

    Cons

    The hours at work, lack of women managers in every team


  8. Challenging but rewarding

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, challenging work

    Cons

    Overly onerous yearly review process


  9. Excellent Firm for exposure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with bright and talented people

    Cons

    Work hours can be long and unpredictable


  10. Great place that I would go back to

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    Former Employee - Analyst (Trading) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst (Trading) in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunities, attractive pay and bonus, great work ethic and culture, diverse and international environment, needless to mention the company reputation (and what it does to your CV), ....

    Cons

    Working hours are often over-rated, most is face time and it's just useless! Also I got an offer for a job, and when I started was placed in a totally different team where we had ZERO personal fit, my boss hated me and the role was not at all what I wanted to do. No opportunity to use internal mobility before 18 months in the firm, so I quit

    Advice to Management

    If you hire analysts and you actually want them to stay in the firm (when I quit I was asked why so many analysts decide to leave), then treat them well. Keep them informed, be transparent about staffing decisions and don't let somebody look forward to the job for 1 year and then tell him on the first day that he is getting another (worse) job.


  11. GS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good thriving ecosystem, good exposure to business

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be better, faster adoption of newer technologies.



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