Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 178 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 314 reviews)

  • Long hours, bureaucratic culture so that entry-level people have little chance to voice up (in 384 reviews)

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  1.  

    Technology Work Placement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Work Placement - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Work Placement - Technology in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Structured career path
    Good name to have on your CV in this industry

    Cons

    Salary less than similar roles at other banks
    Technology under appreciated as it is not 'revenue generating'

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Goldman Sachs

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

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

    Pros

    In house training is fantastic. The canteen, gym and medical centres in the building are top class. The people are all intelligent and driven meaning you are constantly challenged. Good options to move internally.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to maintain. Down turn lay offs can be tough as with any investment bank.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, good pay and lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Not great work life balance and have 12+ hour days are a norm with average being worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company, but not every team is equally good to work with.

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    An exciting and fulfilling internship programme. Plenty of opportunities to learn, lots of training provided. Good working hours in Technology.

    Cons

    Not all teams support their interns equally well. You can demonstrate drive, but without the support of your manager there's not much you can do over the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to train your team managers in people development. Some are only focused on results, which lower the morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    fast learning experience

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great culture and great teamwork

    Cons

    no worklife balance; some bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Securities Summer Internship

    Current Employee - Securities Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Securities Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic and lots of opportunities to shine if you know how to exploit them.

    Cons

    Pressure if you don't know what you're doing

  8. 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)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    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)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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
  11.  

    Excellent quality of people

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    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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