Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated July 30, 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 (2)

    vice president

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    resume builder education client work internal material training intelligence of people you work with

    Cons

    job based on overall company performance work/life balance decisions made in NY not in local office stress of job inability to take time off


  2. Helpful (3)

    It is very fulfilling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Goldman Sachs Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Goldman Sachs Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good health and vacation benefits because the company allows you a decent number of days off with pay. Health insurance is also hard to beat

    Cons

    Long hours. I remember during my first year here that I would have to work well over 80 hours a week.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Worth the overtime

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    challenging in a good way, good wages

    Cons

    overtime, cold office culture

    Advice to Management

    boost employee morale


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  5. HR Business Partner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people you'll ever work with, almost 0% failure rate, strong culture, excellence values in everything.

    Cons

    Long hours, tight deadlines, consensus driven environment, hard work

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. IA Job at GS

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good management room for growth interesting projects

    Cons

    Hard to work with the business, no one likes auditors challenging timelines


  7. Operations Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledge sharing and development encouragement.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not a part of Goldman Sachs


  8. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and work experience. You stay busy and get learning experiences and connections that are hard to find anywhere else. Also there is room for growth.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and there is pressure to work extra long hours. There is room for growth but it can be very political with management.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage work-life balance to improve the morale of employees and to motivate employees to stay at the company long-term. Also determine promotions based on performance factors rather than political factors.


  9. Equity Research Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by a lot of smart people. prestigious firm and culture, learn quickly through challenging work.

    Cons

    In equity research analyst, your experience is almost 100% dependent upon the team you get placed on, typically 3-5 people, particularly the disposition of your senior analyst.

    Advice to Management

    Try to encourage senior analysts to treat junior employees with a bit more respect (at least those who are notoriously difficult to work for).


  10. Good place, hard work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

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

    Pros

    Smart people and organization, tries hard to create a culture

    Cons

    competitive, work you hard, legacy tech

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Investment banking associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Strong culture, smart people

    Cons

    Lifestyle can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Balance is key



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