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Goldman Sachs Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.8 145 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein

Lloyd C. Blankfein

(99 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm(in 165 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 281 reviews)

  • Long hours and work environment was not personally what I am looking for(in 355 reviews)

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    Think twice before you join them. You may be OK for a while but don't stay too long or you will turn into one of them

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood pay. Looks good on your resume. Up to date with technical trends. Focus on technology. You get to work with some very competent people and learn a lot.

    ConsIt's a toxic culture. It's like swimming with the sharks. You sink or swim. It doesn't matter if you're good or bad at what you do. You have to literally be a shark to survive in that world. People will step on your face and crush you to impress the next middle manager up the line. OK, they pay really well if you climb up the ladder, but you have to be willing to sell your soul to the devil.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not God

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great, diverse and equal opportunity work place

    Analyst Developer 01 (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsSmart, driven co-workers; diverse/accepting culture; compensation; offices; workplace flexibility; tech infrastructure; on-site gym

    ConsCareer progression too regimented; tech stacks becoming more and more generic (less and less tailored); not a lot of opportunity to travel; not a lot spend on social events

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs London

    Investment Banking Associate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsSmart, driven people. Highly productive culture. Interesting corporate finance work, typically with high profile companies.

    ConsVery intense. Stressful. Unbelievably long hours in IBD. Poor work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for if you can resist the pressure, fantastic career opportunities, but difficult worklife balance

    Research Analyst (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat career opportunities, talented people and top-class organization

    ConsStress level too high, difficult work/life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to make the organization less political

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work for in the investment banking world

    Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVery competitive and energetic company

    ConsNot easy to sustain pressure

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell done folks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic Company if you get support from the right people

    Private Wealth Advisor (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsExtremely diverse and talented individuals
    Team work (depending on which division you work in)
    Junior employees get a lot of responsibility early on

    ConsPrivate Wealth Division extremely centered around a few key individuals
    Too much internal politics and competition
    Management are very removed from reality

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that team working culture that exists on Institutional side is applied in PWM
    Consider whether a long-term, relationship, based business like PWM fit well together with a more transaction-focused IBD/Trading business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great firm with great culture

    Operations Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsVery people-oriented and professional, get a lot of support from the colleagues and attention from managers

    ConsLonger hours compared to peers in the industry, a leaner structure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many more lows than highs

    Equity Research Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood learning experience from working in high pressure environment

    ConsManagement don't understand how to motivate people or care about their happiness. This drives high churn and a feeling of discontent amongst many employees. Tempered by the likelihood that the GS brand will get them the job that they really want.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not as good as you would think

    Senior Programmer Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsWorking with talented people. Force to imprve yourself.

    ConsLong hours with low pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior managment get higher pay while low ranking staff got below average pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    average place to work

    Product Control (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Proswork with very smart, ambitious people
    everyone is very proactive

    Conslong hours
    very political place to work
    do not 'really' care about employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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