Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company with good experience.

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

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

    Pros

    - Excellent environment to learn about finance.

    Cons

    - The usual work politics. Gotta watch out for yourself big time otherwise the sharks will use and abuse you. - People who join after you end up getting paid more than you.

    Advice to Management

    - Make sure to check what the people below you say from time to time.


  2. Challenging

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and extra benefits are very rewarding, you end up working with very smart people that you can learn from, career advancement opportunities are plenty.

    Cons

    I guess the biggest dissadvantage is the fact collaboration is not fostered by higher management. This could lead to higher stress.

    Advice to Management

    The main advice for management is to do more to foster cooperation. Big deals are not made by just an individual but by a full team.


  3. operations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart people hard working people access to senior people steep learning curve competitive salary great office location

    Cons

    work and life balance pressure


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  5. Great place to be an analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    N/A


  6. Fractious but may have changed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Sort out reasons for a hire BEFORE making it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's for people people

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

    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


  8. Clever people, working hard

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

    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 Management

    Spread the love.


  9. Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Hard working, smart individuals, but forget work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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