Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs 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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  1.  

    What you'd expect

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Smart Co-workers and management
    Top technology support

    Cons

    long hours
    bonus good, but not given the amount of hours logged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up the bonus pool a bit more to everyone

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with a diverse group of the best and brightest

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    -pay / benefits
    -location (salt lake city), low cost of living-good pay
    -if you perform well GS will make sure you move around and take on new challenges

    Cons

    -there are not opportunities to move from operations to any other devision within the company if that is your desire
    -many managers do no support getting an MBA even though the firm does. in some groups it can be a career limiting desire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, I enjoyed my time at Goldman Sachs, primarily due to the drive of the employees I had the opportunity to meet.

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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

    Pros

    -Culture: the people are driven, brilliant and good at what they do
    -Pay: comparable to other jobs on the Street
    -Reputation: can't ask for a better place to start one's career

    Cons

    -While the work is challenging and exciting, it can get a bit too intense sometimes and people tend to stress a lot over their assignments.
    -The work-life balance is not as good as it is other places, but expected if you work on the Street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with more ways to improve upon their work-life balance and relax a little more at work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best and brightest, SecDB is king

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equities Trading Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equities Trading Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    - best & brightest + very nice people
    - SecDB, major competitive advantge, no other firm has this (altho they tried)
    - exceptional quant talents (way smarter than traders)

    Cons

    - political on top (esp. the business side)
    - like all banks, constant hustling
    - some useless work just to get exposure or satisfy short term needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - better performance review procedure: it's called 360 degree but in reality still one sided from manager
    - make it a true meritocracy and reduce politics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I had an wonderful and challenging experience working at GS.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    GS is a dynamic, fast paced environment. The people working at Goldman Sachs foster and maintain a wealth of knowledge. The culture is very consistent throughout the world.

    Cons

    The job can be demanding at times but very rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None noted.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Top in what it does.

    Cons

    Has somewhat very long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not Applicable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Great work place, nice company, great opportunities and challenging work environment

    Cons

    The work is stressful and heavy

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    People at the firm are great.

    Cons

    Politics needed to play are tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    under the right management it was good; after politics and new management took over, it was degrading.

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    Former Employee - Software Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    money. lots of work to do,

    Cons

    you can fall into the wrong place after mgmt change occurs and you have no way out; except to get layoff after degrading performance review. upper management is not interested in correcting such inadequacies and improper usage of perf review system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMP in New York, NY
    Former Employee - PMP in New York, NY

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and great benefits. good facilities. Very professionalism culture and with great perks. show me the money best said.

    Cons

    No life and all work. commute to jersey city from anywhere other than new jersey is a haze. Very competitive place to work when the market is down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place has never been the same since the IPO. The family culture is completely gone and needs to be reworked.

    Disapproves of CEO

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