Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Terrific company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This company has one of the highest concentrations of talented, smart driven people you will ever find. You can thrive in a challenging environment.

    Cons

    There is significant pressure to perform and add to the bottom line. Excellence is expected, and feedback can be unforgiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faster feedback to employees. Don't wait until the year is over. More frequent assessments and more mentoring would be helpful. Need to help employees manage their careers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Get to meet a wide range of really smart people, who come from a lot of different places

    Cons

    work-life balance is difficult, and being a large organization, the promotion process is very political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great training ground & prestige early in career - best if money is your primary (or only) goal

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, training, most everyone is very dedicated to & knowledgable about the industry

    Cons

    Exhausting with long hours, heavy internal politics, best people looking to leave for the buy side so the strength of personnel often (not always) decreases with seniority. It's strange - most analysts and associates are pretty strong, but VP/MD tend to vary quite a bit - including the partners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Still a great firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    They look after their employees. If you are a strong performer they will give you flexibility if you need it.

    Cons

    Some of the MD's in technology came out of school in the '80s and have not kept up with technology or did not even study computer science. In these areas loyalty can be more important than achievement. Subconscious gender bias is a problem in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more computer science PhDs in the technology division. Paid maternity leave is great but there is no paid leave for eldercare.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Difficult Environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great Comp and very good career opportunities

    Cons

    Ultra competitive and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    break groups into smaller teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Working here is a challenge.

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Good environment and good pay.

    Cons

    Long hours/ no leisure time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employees' welfare.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Working with some great people that care about you doing well. Large company that allows you to move around internally which in turn helps your career.

    Cons

    At times the bureaucracy and reporting working at a bank can be disheartening; but, that will be the same at any bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more mentoring opportunities for younger employees to help guide them on their career path. The executive leadership is really doing a great job in communicating. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    It is a great company with excellent, smart and driven teams. Great opportunities to learn and succeed. Good perks are given to employees that excel.

    Cons

    Nothing to add in this field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management.

  10. Great place to launch and grow your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Surrounded by smart, personal, amazing people
    - Exposure to all areas of finance
    - Training and benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    - Long hours and challenging work/life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Wonderful company with flexibility but strife with internal politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Good projects
    Great team
    Good compensation and benefits
    People were nice to each other and the work culture is very good. Though there is work pressure it is eased by a supportive team.

    Cons

    Though the benefits and projects are good, one has to really project oneself a lot for getting recognized. Talking a lot about oneself really helps!!

    Recommends

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