Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great place to be an analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    you learn a lot - from the best

    Cons

    hours are bad.. no getting around that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fractious but may have changed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, ahead of the curve. Smartest most informed traders on the street, due to organizational infrastructure.

    Cons

    Change of Job Scope on Day 1. Change of reporting lines on Day 1. Immediate Mgr had no idea about job scope. Smart people sometimes think too highly of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out reasons for a hire BEFORE making it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Clever people, working hard

    Current Employee - Vice President Strat in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President Strat in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Bright colleagues - a pleasure to work with.
    Good attitude - get things done.
    Well paid - on the whole.

    Cons

    Long hours - is this what you want from life?
    Anonymous feel - who is all this for?
    Banks - do we want to work for them? Why not work for buy-side instead?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the love.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Great people and working hours, opportunities for development and mobility that help enhance your career development tremendously, whilst making you feel motivated.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working at Goldman Sachs refer to balancing every activity you want to get involved in with the work you have to do on your desk. There are a lot of opportunities and projects available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. It's for people people

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Easy to get noticed and get ahead if you put in the effort and make yourself visible. Having a politically-savvy manager helps a lot

    Cons

    It's all about your people skills. You can be an amazing developer but your career won't move ahead unless you're sociable and likable. Not a con really, just reality. The broader organization can seem distant at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Hard working, smart individuals, but forget work life balance

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    Former Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Smart people
    *top rate tech and IT infrastructure
    *Opportunity to participate in thought leadership research

    Cons

    * Management style is "be scared of us"
    * expectation of more more more
    * having a life unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees. Optimal functionality does not exist on 4 hours a night of constant sleep

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

    Worklife

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant work life balance and great pay

    Cons

    People can be too proffesional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with lower ranks

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

    Professional and very diverse, but not the ideal place for a technologist

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    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    * On average mostly smart people, down-to-earth
    * Professional and very diverse
    * Great job security for good performers
    * Some truly great managers

    Cons

    * Technology division still not seen as a revenue-generator, nor core enough to the business, and relatively poorly compensated
    * Still somewhat bureaucratic -- arbitrary non-meritocratic guidelines set by HR (minimum experience required for promotions etc)
    * Proprietary and non-transferrable technologies -- makes technologists not want to stay for too long
    * Huge lack of transparency into employee compensation -- person next to you could be just as good but get 40% less/more
    * Mostly only the top 1% are paid better than other banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Change senior management perception and culture towards technology
    * Reduce bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. It's a good place to work but hard work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    People culture benefits management opportunities

    Cons

    Hours can be long and 24/7 culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people pay less if you need to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Dynamic and fast paced environment where one can develop professionally at a rapid rate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are many resources available to develop your technical and interpersonal skills. You are working with very smart people and there are opportunities for those who are adaptable.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard to achieve because you are constantly challenged. Also, it is really hard to transfer from mid office to front office so it is important that you accept an offer in the division where you really want to be in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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