Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
1,850 Reviews
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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 185 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 323 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours (even though management says office "face time" is not important (in 398 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Smart people, intellectually intersting work

    Cons

    Lifestyle is tough- worklfe balance is hard to find.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great Place to Start a Career

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Amazing talent pool: GS really does seek out the best and the brightest
    -Deep experience among managers and senior leaders
    -Dedication to "The Firm"
    -Excellent at mentoring younger employees

    Cons

    -Can be a cut-throat culture: sink or swim
    -A primary focus among employees is bonus size and being paid
    -Public scrutiny a very real negative on employee morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Most challenging job in your life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    emphasis on creativity
    cannot get bored
    very challenging
    exposure to senior management
    fantastic growth opportunities

    Cons

    work politics
    no work life balance
    low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on quality of work and meritocracy and reduce politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Intern experience was great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    A lot of mentors and speakers

    Cons

    not much interaction between all firm interns

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Challenging Environment
    Get to work with the best and the brightest

    Cons

    Too many long hours.
    Deadlines somewhat unrealistic on projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Mentorship
    Relaxed Environment
    Huge Bonuses
    Learning new things
    strong leadership
    Competitive Colleagues
    Great Offices

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Clients changing their minds at the last minute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very efficient

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good coworkers, object oriented, good IT/HR infrustructure, good supporting staff

    Cons

    intense work environment, no place for slackers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Compliance Summer Analyst
    Former Employee - Compliance Summer Analyst

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Excellent culture, with people who want you to grow. Top-notch firm that carries HUGE weight on a resume no matter where you are looking to go.

    Cons

    Some of the people really think they are gods gift to the world even when their role is not that important and working with these people isn't fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and keep the same culture.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good career starting point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, best financial conglomerate, good career training

    Cons

    Company is big, so can be bureaucratic at times. Comparing to tech companies, pay is mediocre especially considering the hours put in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 11 people found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Intern I in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Analyst Intern I in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. The people I worked with were very nice and knowledgeable. Everyone came from a diverse background and most of the employees spoke more than one language.
    2. The facilities and offices were quite nice for the smaller cubicle life, made it easier to ask each other questions.
    3. The work-life balance wasn't as bad as I expected. A lot of people came in at around 7:30am and were all mostly gone by 6pm.
    4. Management was very nice and I could tell they got along with most of the employees on a personal level.

    Cons

    1. The work was a mostly monotonous and tedious. I was working on an intern project but seeing the work that the full-time employees were doing didn't seem much better.
    2. Majority of the employees seemed to be doing the job at the moment to build experience and their resume so they could move on to a better role outside the company.
    3. Promotions didn't seem to happen often. My full-time offer after my internship wasn't very high either. High 50's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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