Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,708 Reviews
3.7
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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
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Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 166 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 283 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for (in 356 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lots of opportunity for people that want to put in the time and effort

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Close interaction with the business, working with smart people are some of the things that GS provides in spades. For people that are performing well, they're compensated accordingly.

    Cons

    There's a big focus on efficiency leading to understaffing in many areas. Work-life balance can be a big problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of smart people, diversity is a huge problem

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of hard working and smart people

    Cons

    Ethnic diversity in tech is a huge problem at the firm causing lots of attrition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management in technology doesn't pay attention to ethnic diversity issues at the company and only promotes certain types of people. Culturally this makes it less attractive to candidates who can make it in companies such as Google and Facebook.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    smart people and collaborative culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people in the industry in one of the most intense cultures on the street

    Cons

    Lots of politics leads to very little instability within mid-level management. There is very little work-life balance and high turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Associate Investment Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    1) Smart people to work with
    2) Company very structured and things are quite efficient in general
    3) Great health care benefits

    Cons

    1) Not easy to transfer to other groups. You need to know people around.
    2) Can work long hours depend on your position
    3) Job can be boring at times since if you are stuck in the same are for too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other than compensation, mobility is also important to retain talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great career start but work is dry

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    Current Employee - Equity Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment, good compensation and great resume builder

    Cons

    The work can be dry and boring and junior people get limited exposure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    outstanding

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    excellent training, amazing team, great gym

    Cons

    long hours, in New York City

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strats analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    business side, interact with traders

    Cons

    its a bank and glassdoor requires two more words so here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more flat hierarchy

  9.  

    My experience there is very challenging

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    Current Employee - Goldman Sachs Contingent
    Current Employee - Goldman Sachs Contingent

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Goldman sachs is very diverse. it pays good and the people that work there are dedicated to their job.

    Cons

    tedious hours and long hours,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know

    Recommends
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  10.  

    I worked for them as a consultant as a programmer for almost 3 years.

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love the company because their work hours is only 7.5. The company puts family first before work. The COE would even emphasize on that. The people were friendly and are willing to help out and has a great team work!

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

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    Keep up the good work!

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Salary, fast paced lifestyle, environment, competitive job

    Cons

    Long hours, crushing workload at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding that employees have a life outside of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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