Goldman Sachs

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  1.  

    Hard working, smart individuals, but forget work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    It's a good place to work but hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Dynamic and fast paced environment where one can develop professionally at a rapid rate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Good information sharing, good people development

    Cons

    Works on the fact that most people overestimate their probability of making partner

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

    Absolutely stunning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst/Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst/Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Really nice place to work in, good salary and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Pretty hard to get in, but very rewarding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great firm - hard to move from ops to front office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Middle Office in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Middle Office in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great for professional development and learning.

    Cons

    hard to move from ops to front office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs more development opportunities across divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technology Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Technology Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Technology Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good, insightful internship. Would happily recommend. Office culture was great and managers were very helpful.

    Cons

    Not much that I can say was negative. had a very good experience overall. However, the cost of living in london was very high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    I believe that the environment and culture is suited to my personality. I find that that the ecosystem encourages teamwork, meritocracy and autonomy to a great extent.

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist. Expats and locals should have a comparable pay scale when working in "3rd World" nations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Spring Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    - Strong work ethic
    - surrounded by extremely smart people
    - learn a lot quickly

    Cons

    - not enough time to speak to people

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