Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
1,756 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 178 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 314 reviews)

  • Long hours, bureaucratic culture so that entry-level people have little chance to voice up (in 384 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Private Wealth Management Co-op

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Private Wealth Management Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Private Wealth Management Intern in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Choosing to work at Goldman Sachs for my six-month undergraduate co-op was perhaps the best opportunity of which I've taken advantage. Their culture of mentorship, pursuit of perfection, and diversity (in backgrounds, cultural ties, and ways of thinking) of employees made it an excellent experience. All but a handful of people in my 80-person office were accessible and willing to share advice. The hours were long, but I think this is a pro for an internship because it builds work ethic and makes any future jobs with less demanding time commitments seem easier. I learned more than I knew there was to know while also making solid connections.

    Cons

    Hours and lack of breaks during the day/"go, go, go" mentality made work-life balance impossible to achieve during the week, but PWM is not as bad as other divisions like banking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help interns find housing; continue involving interns in meetings with visitors from other offices; encourage senior people to allow interns and analysts to listen in on client calls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced, intense workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Summer Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Summer Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by knowledgeable, smart professionals. Great culture, they take really good care of their employees

    Cons

    Intense and fast-paced, at times very stressful and long work hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Loved my team
    Great people; very smart
    Well run firm

    Cons

    Not what it used to be in terms of compensation
    Hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart people, good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PWM in New York, NY
    Former Employee - PWM in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Intelligence all around you. If you work hard I will be appreciated.

    Cons

    Can be very competitive, certain individuals may get confrontational if you're not in agreement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Trainings as a NAPA are great

    Cons

    Work-life balance difficult in Some offices/teams

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    good company

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

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

    Pros

    large firms good location interested to smart guys offer pretty competitive stipends

    Cons

    limited free hours. compare to the work load, the salary is not competitive to the technology company in california

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern in PWM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. People are personable, driven, smart, and ready to help if you're attentive and willing to learn. A really galvanizing place to work if you're interested in finance.

    Cons

    A lot of busywork. The job requires a broad knowledge base of financial markets, but not extremely in-depth knowledge of any one in particular. Would have liked to have more analytical work to do.

  9.  

    Positive

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    * You can find people that you like to work with (And the percent of people that you don't like is relatively smaller)
    * Good benefits / smartly done (across all avenues)
    * Company lives by its principles

    Cons

    * Long hours / high expectations, competitive
    * You work in the finance industry - in good years you will do well, in bad years you are out on the street :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over time .. for the division that I work for .. the level of bureaucracy is increasing and that will lead to decrease in entrepreneurship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Good

    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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team work, Challenging, Reputation, compensation, diversity

    Cons

    late nights, pressure, buerocracy, weekend work, politics

  11.  

    A great time to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    A very professional environment with all of helpful people

    Cons

    Working as a back office is not that proud

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