Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
1,850 Reviews
3.7
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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.  

    Excellent company to work for, Great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Compensation, enjoyable work, cool people and freedom to choose what you want to do within reasons of course. Access to people at all levels of management without a lot of red tapes. Generous vacation package and 401K matching.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of work-life balance. The expectations are way above anyone else in the similar industry and almost unrealistic at a time. Forcing employees to move to an office location that is not part of employee's current demographics and hence force them to resign or get laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not need to waste real estate for technology folks. Implement a good remote work assignments and make desks shared so employees can have work-life balance and be more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities inside GS. From taking your career to the next level, knowledge sharing, training programs, etc.

    Cons

    maintaining a work/life balance can be difficult. One will work many hours a day and, in most cases, on weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Offers long term growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offered roles of increased responsibility overtime. Work with very smart people who are committed to serving clients. Consistently looking for ways to do things better

    Cons

    Long and demanding hours. Compensation not as competitive as it once was

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you have the stamina to see it through

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

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

    Pros

    fantastic colleagues, very teamwork oriented and collaborative, great learning opportunities (formal & informal), great culture, very feedback oriented,

    Cons

    new hires sometimes struggle to integrate into the GS culture; career progression often too dependent on business opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent, good pay

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

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

    Pros

    The location and people, and the salary

    Cons

    The hours might be demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vacation time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Know your family only through the pictures on your phone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    good to great medical benefits
    subsidized disability and life insurance
    401k matching
    Many learning opportunities and resources are available to employees
    good culture
    flexibility

    Cons

    Work/Life balance
    Successful employees are expected to work a lot of overtime
    Ethics - if it's not specifically illegal to do, it may be allowed
    You must threaten to leave to get a raise
    non competitive wages
    Managers fight among themselves for control. A verson of the Risk boardgame. Whoever takes control of the most territory, is promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your voice isn't the only one to be heard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Summer Analyst - Good Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    The internship program is a great experience. Got to hear upper management speak about the company and future career. My team was very helpful in training me on daily tasks.

    Cons

    The hours are really long. Prepare to work almost all day on repetitive and mundane tasks. Not a lot of room for growth.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focus on personnel training and career growth

    Cons

    Demanding hours , and not all is as it seems as can be said for many companies. To continue to thrive you need to belong to the niche crew.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    time-pff policies
    competitive
    fun co-workers
    benefit
    training
    great people and they are willing to help, open office so you can talk to whoever you want to

    Cons

    long hours
    managers
    work life
    operations is boring
    repetitive

  11.  

    Great start to a career, but better to leave after 3-5 years

    • 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

    Training on the fundamentals of your function is really outstanding. You are exposed to the best of industry technology and work with some really smart people. I think it's a great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Long work hours if you want to move ahead. Compensation was not what you'd expect. Tons of middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One manager per person. Stop adding levels of middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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