Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
1,725 Reviews
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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 178 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 310 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for (in 378 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a 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

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    not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    great team culture, ability to travel and get to know different people

    Cons

    not so great perks, repetitive back end job

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Type People doing B Type Work

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    Current Employee - Finance Associate  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    People are great, training opps are endless and the opportunities to advance are good. Firm promotes internal mobility and holds to it as long as you a good candidate.

    Cons

    Work hours are long, very bureaucratic, work can be very monotonous at times. The review process is ridiculously unhelpful and the bonus and promotion process is very political. Every year there is a reaping and the bottom 5% is cut- so fear of layoff is seemingly always there- a pro in some aspect...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Goldman Sachs' brand is being redefined; one that trumps all other companies

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    Current Employee - Investment Management Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Management Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Intellectual capital AND emotional capital (IQ & EQ)
    -Diversity
    -work life balance - becoming better and better; what you out into it is what you get out of it
    -Philanthropy
    -Creativity in the world of finance
    -Leaders in their field from graphic design to theoretical physics create an unparalleled working atmosphere
    -Ranked as one of the most beautiful looking employee companies (I think due to an ambitious attitude that drives people to constantly take care of themselves)
    -Superb pay; unmatched structure

    Cons

    The hours are long - but hey, no pain, no gain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to diversify the junior force

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging opportunities within a collegiate atmosphere.

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If your desire is to constantly challenge yourself and grow you skill sets, this is the place to be. Surrounded by many intellectuals who consistently challenge the status quo in a collaborative atmosphere will equip you with the management tools you’ll need to excel in a corporate environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge in particular areas of firm as well as mobility within the firm. Both are championed by senior management and possible, but difficult to navigate and ultimately accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have HCM deliver clear and concise information regarding the expectations and responsibilities of new analysts. Many become disengaged and frustrated, due to perceived misplacement and lack of direction from managers (i.e. timely feedback).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Very good people, but lack of leadership of certain managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, good people to work with, a great place for new graduates

    Cons

    horrible hours, no work life balance... not such a good place for consultants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better leadership by some managers... lack of direction... team overworked.. over committed... unrealistic deadlines and targets... just to satisfy upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    GS Summer Analyst

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company with amazing opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Long hours and limited work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training responsibilities to junior employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IBD Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Future career opportunities are amazing

    Cons

    Hours, work-life balance, same type of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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