Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
1,926 Reviews
3.7
1,926 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience but regulations are killing it

    Current Employee - Vice President - Controllers in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Controllers in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Best people to work with

    Cons

    Regulations are not letting people enjoy their work

  2.  

    Great company with very aggressive work culture and strong motivated work force

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    A company with good culture that promotes team work and consensus . Pays well compared to peers at more senior levels.

    Cons

    Work life balance. Junior folks starting out of college are not compensated well but after 4-5 years the comp where it is comparable or better then peers

  3.  

    Good experience, exactly what I expected as a top financial firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Good pay, good advancement and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours, but to be expected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary was higher than other firms

    Cons

    Work hours were a little too long most days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

  6.  

    Very smart IT people who are easy to work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Very smart people all around you
    Significant growth opportunities
    Everyone has a great personality

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes, must enforce own work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with tremendous resources and a great culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Great company with tremendous resources. Good benefits and excellent managers at all levels.

    Great culture.

    Effective managers at all levels.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    In operations, the work is largely monotonous and not very interesting. But some people love that.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Foreign Exchange Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Foreign Exchange Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Brand name, opportunity for steadily increasing salary if you are excelling at your job.

    Cons

    work-life balance is poor, hours on the higher end, politics within the company play a large factor in promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    turnover is far too high. it's not something you should just accept. Empower your employees and give them interesting projects to work on. Too much repetition is sure to result in your best young employees leaving to go elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IMD Controller Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Controller in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Finance Controller in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, very fast working pace, great benefits and generous vacation days.

    Cons

    long hours, work life balance is hard to maintain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great training ground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Compliance Associate in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Great insight into wall street from a very livable location

    Cons

    east coast culture in west coast setting
    Low compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fight the attrition with higher compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    It was good money. It was also close to my home which made the commute convenient. The work environment is very nice and the people are generally nice too.

    Cons

    Very stressful. The job can sometimes drain your energy and you'd get home in a not so cheerful mood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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