Goldman Sachs Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
1,708 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Challenging work, good pay and lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Not great work life balance and have 12+ hour days are a norm with average being worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst/Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    lively environment, good food in canteen, quality offices

    Cons

    does not follow their own mission statement. no teamwork spirt. politics is the ruling factor of the day on a day to day basis. there is no team spirt it is all about individual. terrible and deceptive practices both with client and with colleagues. long hours but salaries are low compared to most banks. it is one those places where you hear a lot about but when you join it leaves you with a bad taste. lack of integrity of colleague and business practices. a lot of colleagues are arrogant - think they are smart when they really aren't. hires oxford and cambridge graduates some of which are just terrible coders. treats IT as not part of the business. unprofessional atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve ethics with clients and internally - follow the mission statement where teamwork which rarely if ever applies here. management are very politically driven and lack colleagial atmosphere. unapproachable managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, but not every team is equally good to work with.

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

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

    Pros

    An exciting and fulfilling internship programme. Plenty of opportunities to learn, lots of training provided. Good working hours in Technology.

    Cons

    Not all teams support their interns equally well. You can demonstrate drive, but without the support of your manager there's not much you can do over the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to train your team managers in people development. Some are only focused on results, which lower the morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding organisation. The people, culture and working environment are first class.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Everyday challenges you to be the best that you can be. People around you continually stretch you outside of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Tough environment to be truly successful in if you are not the very best of the best in your field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on leveling the playing field.

  6.  

    fast learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    great culture and great teamwork

    Cons

    no worklife balance; some bureacracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The best company you can work for, slighty longer hours but the best in terms of culture and organisation values.

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture, open minded people

    Cons

    Long Working Hours that can be strenuous at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthening working hours for people

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

    Securities Summer Internship

    Current Employee - Securities Summer Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Securities Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic and lots of opportunities to shine if you know how to exploit them.

    Cons

    Pressure if you don't know what you're doing

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best corporate culture management, from my experience. Always feeling integrated and learning soft and hard skills.

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Goldman Sachs is amazing at integrating new people within the current employee base. They are great at easing you in the culture. It might seem like a "brainwash" initially but it is amazing to see how truly connected and commited to other's development is. You are always encouraged to network with others and it is always possible and highly appreciated. People truly make time to meet and get to know you and that helps when there are questions lateron. You always have someone to turn to. Training on the job through networking! Even after the job, I still keep in touch because I have developed a big sense of appreciation and connection for the company.

    Cons

    High pressure environment and intense hours. You have to be truly passionate about the work itself (not really a con, but an important aspect to excell).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being involved with junior employees and interns. Unbelieveable but true, people in Management positions are incredibly available to connect with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding quality of people, amazing brand name

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

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

    Pros

    Exceptional quality of people, lots of opportunities within the company, good compensation, good career prospects after, great name on a CV, great networking

    Cons

    The main downside are the long hours and basically no life. Not a long term career for someone who is looking for a more balanced life. Great place to start a career though. Best to do it in early twenties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent quality of people

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Intelligent and pleasant people in my department

    Cons

    Many sharks in other departments
    Lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the business and look after your best people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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