Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,700 Reviews

3.6
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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 166 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot about how to work under stress and tight deadlines (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 283 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for (in 356 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    SLC is not a good entry point into the firm

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    Current Employee - Actually Didn't Have A Title  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Actually Didn't Have A Title in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    looks super on the resume (to outsiders)

    Cons

    hmm, where do I even start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    haha yeah right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brutal work/life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    It's the best of the best career-wise. Great facilities and perks.

    Cons

    Hours and pace are unrelenting.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Although the company has a great reputation, the work I did was too monotonous and I did not feel like I was pushed.

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    salary, intelligent colleagues, great benefits, seamless, gym

    Cons

    long hours
    too much hierarchy
    monotonous work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    include interns in everything, meetings included

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay place to work, but little time for life.

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, smart people, company has great direction.

    Cons

    Workload is INSANE! 12 hours/day is a normal workday, with 14-16 not unheard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more people! Distribute the workload!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good place to start a career and work with very smart people

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

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

    Pros

    People are very smart
    Good culture
    Values
    Extensive training
    Builds your credibility and network

    Cons

    Mobility is difficult
    Demanding hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    GS VIP

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    Former Employee - Securities Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Securities Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very smart and dedicated people. Mostly friendly and willing to help if you have a high work ethic.

    Cons

    Long Hours. A culture of being there to be there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    High energy, exciting, relentless

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    Current Employee - Finance Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good salary
    high energy
    develops you as a person
    requires your mind
    good, ambitious people around you

    Cons

    dog eat dog environment
    can get stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employ people on the basis of how much knowledge of the company and current affairs they convey in the interview. Good grades does not necessarily constitute a good employee whereas the ability to use information in the interview environment does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    GS is the best of the best at Investment banking. Most of the people are good, decent people. They are ethical and invest a lot in you and make sure you get all of the training you need.

    Cons

    The workload is brutal. You are never off the clock. Your personal life will not be respected, although everyone knows this coming in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure how to make a long-term career more bearable. It is not a sustainable career. Additionally, sometimes people promoted are not promoted based on managerial ability which can make life difficult for junior people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great first place to work

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good culture, learn a lot

    Cons

    poor work life balance, can be political at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, even greater people

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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 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great network, supportive team as well as people in senior management

    Cons

    Promotion potential takes a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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