Goldman Sachs Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 180 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 317 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours (even though management says office "face time" is not important (in 388 reviews)

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  1.  

    fast learning experience

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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 (less than an 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

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  5. 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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    Outstanding quality of people, amazing brand name

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (less than an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not as good as it sounds, at least in Technology

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (private health insurance, good gym etc). Compensation is reasonable by industry standard.

    Reputation: definitely looks good on your CV.

    You meet very smart people, great place for networking.

    Cons

    Massive workplace politics, you have to scream loud for visibility, seriously you need to scream for anything you have done, you are doing, or you haven't done but would like to do - as long as it makes you sound good. Some decent, but not loud enough people got laid off first. The performance evaluation is rather subjective, unlike what they told you, it's not linked to your compensation in most cases - people who scored high in their review could still get very little based on how much you're 'favoured' by the management.

    Career development completely depends on your boss, and your boss' boss: if you have a supportive manager in career development and guides you about promotion do's and don'ts, it's great. Otherwise you have to fight for yourself. Worst of all, some managers would actually prefer keeping you working on the same stuff for years and stop you from moving to other teams.

    You don't get to work with smart people all the time, there are a fair amount of incompetent people in the back office divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on productivity instead of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Very talented and passionate technologists
    - Deal with some of the best Computer Science problems
    - The work you do can have a large impact on the firm

    Cons

    - They do overwork you, spent a lot of time outside the usual 9-6 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing and prestigious firm but not a place to be if you don't know what you want

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    Former Employee - Investment Management Associate
    Former Employee - Investment Management Associate

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

    Pros

    Great brand name, success driven, flat structure and exposure to industry veterans. It is a great place to work if you know what you want. People are in general very bright and professional.

    Cons

    Little perks, average pay, long hours, too "collaborative" and too much red tape (compliance, legal, sign-off, committees... you get the point). Difficult to get things done and unfortunately not as commercial as one would think.

    Due to the stressful environment, high workload and lack of training it can be difficult to get good at what you do. Production line rather than a place for learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we're fading into Gen-Y the outdated ways of working and multi-task driven model at GS will be a huge challenge. When people care less about prestige and pay (there is now less of this too), competing against new industries and firms will be hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Goldman Sachs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility of working from home when needed. Never thought an investment bank would offer such a great flexibility.

    Cons

    It's definitely the most competitive environment I've ever worked in. Some people seem to be online almost 24 hours. This can add pressure to others.

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