Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Helpful (1)

    GS salary

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Good firm, career opportunities and work culture

    Cons

    Little less compensation than industry


  2. VP

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Teamwork, diversity, smart people, technology remains strong.

    Cons

    Has become more bureaucratic lately.

    Advice to Management

    Caring people more.


  3. Great company, Great People, Few complaints

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management. Great work life balance. Mobility available to other departments; on-site gym, health center, and cafeteria. Senior leadership are extremely intelligent and are thought leaders in the industry.

    Cons

    Hours can be extremely demanding or average depending on the time of year. Many VP's tend to be lateral hires, which hinders initial career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more responsive with internal communication. Recognize the accomplishments of mid and back office employees instead of only showcasing the front office business.


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  5. Contingent Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some of the brightest individuals in the industry

    Cons

    not many to list. and i have been around.


  6. Best place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very employee friendly and great place to work

    Cons

    multiple manager hierarchy which really makes tough to meet every body expection


  7. VP

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    World beating and ultra-high performance culture

    Cons

    None - a meritocracy with naturally shared aspirations - although, low performers will likely self-select out or be culled.


  8. Good

    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is world leading company

    Cons

    Here is the very challenging to work


  9. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Java in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary, good environment, good location, good team, too many smart people.

    Cons

    People are so busy, no too much time for your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Good salary , benefits, reputation and respect are almost everything.


  10. Vice President, Foreign Exchange Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, big bonuses for jobs well done. Great prestige. Easy to find any other job in the industry if you've worked for Goldman.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. very competitive dog eat dog. Long hours.


  11. Smart people, long hours

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are highly likely to work with very, very smart & driven people. The culture promotes consensus, so you will learn how to build it (or get fired).

    Cons

    The hours are long, and the "bottom x%" policy creates stress and lowers morale. The place is also very reputation/security conscious, like the CIA but more so.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, more work-life balance.



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