Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
1,819 Reviews
3.7
1,819 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 185 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 323 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours (even though management says office "face time" is not important (in 398 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was life changing and very productive for my career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an 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.  

    Disaster

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Professional in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Professional in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - good name on CV, high profile company
    - lots of learning experience, work with SOME smart people not everyone is smart

    Cons

    - too political
    - say you will be promoted and nothing happens
    - people take too much recognition for other peoples work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't work people so that they burn out
    don't promote people that don't deserve it, promote the people that do all the hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Cutthroat and not particularly impressive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Derivatives in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Derivatives in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (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
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Spring Internship at Goldman Sachs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (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
  11.  

    Rewarding , Great Learning Exprience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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