Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated July 6, 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. competitive culture .. "the" place for financial market enthusiasts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    the firm provides very competitive environment and salaries. it gives very good exposure to financial markets

    Cons

    very tough work environment, which might be difficult for some people to adapt too. But that's the thing that gives you the edge

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. In terms of career progression it is difficult for employees to access themselves since there are very few titles (promotions)


  2. Great Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Good pay + benefits and learn a lot, prestige

    Cons

    Hours, mobility, pressure, vacation, locaiton


  3. Still one the better places to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Focus on efficiency
    - Breadth and depth of support for improvement

    Cons

    - Fluid sometimes volatile management


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  5. Regulatory Operations Consultant

    Former Employee - Regulatory Operations Consultant in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Regulatory Operations Consultant in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company is a very professional organization and the employees are very helpful. They are willing to assist in any way possible.

    Cons

    There are too many layers of management. The work day averages 10 hours per day and sometimes the work can be overwhelming.


  6. Asset Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Asset Management in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Vice President - Asset Management in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Great salary and bonus, good insurance

    Cons

    no work life balance, work culture is not balanced

    Advice to Management

    should have more than 1 managers


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    GS salary

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    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


  8. Vice President

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Quality of people is excellent. Great open door policy which allows one to learn a significant amount from different members of business.

    Cons

    Change is extremely slow at GS.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the long term focus to retain success.


  9. Analyst

    Current Employee - Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, smart people, challenging, flexible managers

    Cons

    Ops side structured, can be bureaucratic


  10. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Working with very accomplished, motivated, and driven people from all around the world. They love diversity and it adds to the greatness of the firm.

    Cons

    Long hours working so work life balance is somewhat difficult, although the company does do what they can to accommodate

    Advice to Management

    Help to promote the location where you will be working. help promote a healthy work life balance.


  11. VP

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    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.



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