Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
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Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 178 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 310 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for (in 378 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great challenges, poor environment

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    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
  2.  

    Excellent, Collaborative culture

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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 for less than a year

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career, but leave before it is too late!

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    Current Employee - Sales & Trading  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales & Trading in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing, super smart people and incredible pay... I'd say it is an amazing place to work coming straight out of University, because it really establishes your CV.

    Cons

    The stress, the ridiculous face time culture, the backstabbing and the police state style form of management - sounds obvious now, but not the most fun place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what it is that you are doing. The model at GS is incredibly successful for good reason - thanks to their brand name, they are able to churn out the best and brightest and having them slug it out to get to the top. They take a 100 kids who have never failed at anything and tell them that only 10% will succeed. Which, if you think about, is what cold blooded capitalism is all about really!

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Intellectually stimulating, Hard work & Talented people

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

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

    Pros

    * Huge learning curve (atleast initially)
    * Meet & work with smart & talented people
    * Sophisticated life

    Cons

    * Hectic work life!
    * Some employees are not very friendly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    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
  7.  

    Leading edge in places, trailing in most

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    Current Employee - Senior Technology Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A few very, very smart people in Tech who fight their corner which is good
    Some really good home grown stacks and a very good Technology Infrastructure dept
    People are friendly, want to learn and improve

    Cons

    Can get very stale in terms of opportunities to learn new technologies
    The business rule the roost so often have to compromise on quality or roll out "tactical" solutions resulting in loads of tech debt.
    Ingrained culture of long hours, 10 hour day is seen as bare minimum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the business to understand the cost of technical dept and properly adopt Agile Methodologies across technology
    Hire more people laterally, experience outside of GS makes a big difference

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing learning opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern In Investment Banking  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern In Investment Banking in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You're amongst the best and brightest.
    Incredible access to deals and learning materials - unparalleled learning experience.

    Cons

    Very few perks of the job.
    Extremely long hours and as a result people tend to be not very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the hours people work - it will definitely make everyone more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Negative to neutral

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience and better pay than peers

    Cons

    Stressful and over-exhausting to the point of over-consumption

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Think twice before you join them. You may be OK for a while but don't stay too long or you will turn into one of them

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay. Looks good on your resume. Up to date with technical trends. Focus on technology. You get to work with some very competent people and learn a lot.

    Cons

    It's a toxic culture. It's like swimming with the sharks. You sink or swim. It doesn't matter if you're good or bad at what you do. You have to literally be a shark to survive in that world. People will step on your face and crush you to impress the next middle manager up the line. OK, they pay really well if you climb up the ladder, but you have to be willing to sell your soul to the devil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not God

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great, diverse and equal opportunity work place

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Analyst Developer 01  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst Developer 01 in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, driven co-workers; diverse/accepting culture; compensation; offices; workplace flexibility; tech infrastructure; on-site gym

    Cons

    Career progression too regimented; tech stacks becoming more and more generic (less and less tailored); not a lot of opportunity to travel; not a lot spend on social events

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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