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Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,682 Reviews

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best corporate culture management, from my experience. Always feeling integrated and learning soft and hard skills.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Goldman Sachs is amazing at integrating new people within the current employee base. They are great at easing you in the culture. It might seem like a "brainwash" initially but it is amazing to see how truly connected and commited to other's development is. You are always encouraged to network with others and it is always possible and highly appreciated. People truly make time to meet and get to know you and that helps when there are questions lateron. You always have someone to turn to. Training on the job through networking! Even after the job, I still keep in touch because I have developed a big sense of appreciation and connection for the company.

    Cons

    High pressure environment and intense hours. You have to be truly passionate about the work itself (not really a con, but an important aspect to excell).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being involved with junior employees and interns. Unbelieveable but true, people in Management positions are incredibly available to connect with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Outstanding quality of people, amazing brand name

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

    Pros

    Exceptional quality of people, lots of opportunities within the company, good compensation, good career prospects after, great name on a CV, great networking

    Cons

    The main downside are the long hours and basically no life. Not a long term career for someone who is looking for a more balanced life. Great place to start a career though. Best to do it in early twenties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent quality of people

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Intelligent and pleasant people in my department

    Cons

    Many sharks in other departments
    Lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the business and look after your best people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not as good as it sounds, at least in Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good benefits (private health insurance, good gym etc). Compensation is reasonable by industry standard.

    Reputation: definitely looks good on your CV.

    You meet very smart people, great place for networking.

    Cons

    Massive workplace politics, you have to scream loud for visibility, seriously you need to scream for anything you have done, you are doing, or you haven't done but would like to do - as long as it makes you sound good. Some decent, but not loud enough people got laid off first. The performance evaluation is rather subjective, unlike what they told you, it's not linked to your compensation in most cases - people who scored high in their review could still get very little based on how much you're 'favoured' by the management.

    Career development completely depends on your boss, and your boss' boss: if you have a supportive manager in career development and guides you about promotion do's and don'ts, it's great. Otherwise you have to fight for yourself. Worst of all, some managers would actually prefer keeping you working on the same stuff for years and stop you from moving to other teams.

    You don't get to work with smart people all the time, there are a fair amount of incompetent people in the back office divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on productivity instead of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Very talented and passionate technologists
    - Deal with some of the best Computer Science problems
    - The work you do can have a large impact on the firm

    Cons

    - They do overwork you, spent a lot of time outside the usual 9-6 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    People are great, very very smart.

    Cons

    Hours you have to put. Some days are long....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great challenges, poor environment

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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)

    Pros

    Learn a lot, you basically get a Master Degree in Job Survival
    Lots of responsibilities from day 1
    It is still one of the most respected brand
    You learn how to swim with sharks, politics etc

    Cons

    You spend your days talking about money, the one you make or the one your trades are making; as a consequence your life's priorities change in worst
    It is too competitive, hard to make real friends around you; the few friends are in other departments, so not in direct competition with you

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The goldman checkpoint

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good pay. Very professional organization.

    Cons

    long hours of work. Very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Well oiled machine. Great place if you aspire to be a cog..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Well organised
    Good employee benfits
    London Headquarters was like a mini city with restaurants, gym, day care, dry cleaners, etc.

    Cons

    No work life balance. For all the perks they get their pound of flesh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work life balance..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Excellent, Collaborative culture

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

    Pros

    Smart specialized people, very collaborative, result driven, mobility opportunities, challenging work, a lot of responsibility early on.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the organization, there exist some bureaucratic processes. It is hard to make partner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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