Société Générale

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Société Générale Reviews in Jersey City, NJ

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Pros
  • Work life balance isn't too bad in the right team, making a real push in some areas (in 75 reviews)

  • Was an easy-going working environment, not too much of the typical investment banker nastiness (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely limited opportunities for non French speakers, zero interest by the managers in developing employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Career advancement for those who don't come from the Grandes Ecoles / Societe Generale Paris office pipeline can be difficult (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Do no outsource bring jobs back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the great people and not lay them off.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    This was a good company to work for about 15-20 Years ago.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Funds Transfer Analyst/Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Funds Transfer Analyst/Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    This company is outsourcing operations to Montreal Canada , and Bangalore India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good employees when you have them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very isolated from everything else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    worked in IT application development
    - lots to learn and fast pace
    - challenging work
    - technologically advanced compare to most other banks

    Cons

    - IT help desk department are sloppy
    - little corporate communication/meeting to know what else is going on in the company
    - department is very isolated so no chance to know anyone else in other areas

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work here

    Former Employee - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly People and nice location

    Cons

    No job security, frequent layoffs

  6.  

    No communication, no support.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Controller in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Controller in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I got to meet a few nice people.

    Cons

    Management did not know details of the work process.
    There was no communication from management.
    No training from management.
    Fellow employees were not willing to answer questions.
    Minimum 30 day notice required to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the employees in your group. They will be more loyal to the bank, if you do. Know what your employee's jobs are, it will make you a better manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bangaolre is not the answer to all of SG's problems

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Decent Benefits
    Relaxed atmosphere (when its not quarter end/year end)
    They're finally updating some of thier most antiquated systems

    Cons

    Management acts in crisis mode
    If youre not French, good luck getting ahead
    Short sighted cost cutting/outsourcing initiatives.
    Everyone from the top down stopped trying at least two years ago.
    Inept and understaffed support systems
    sterotypical French laziness and inefficiency at all levels.
    Elitism of the NY office.
    HR is very disconnected with the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the value of ones work when you send it halfway around the world to people who will not go the extra mile.
    Make an effort to get to know your subordinates ans what they really do for you
    Stop exporting inefficiency
    Show some compassion and basic human decency for those who have been impacted and are forced to train thier Bangalore replacements
    SIlos are for Corn!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    You are in a glass box

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Lots of vacation time, especially if you have been with the company for more than 5 years
    Ability to travel to France or other SG locations, if you are lucky
    Until recently, the job positions are fairly stable and secure.
    Most groups and peers are usually very nice to work with.

    Cons

    If you are not French, you can only get so far. Definitely a glass ceiling! Also, be prepared to get paid less than everyone else in the industry.
    If you want to advance or get promoted in your career, don't work here. Expect to wait many, many (MANY) years in between titles.
    Lots of politics. Innovation may come from other regions, such as the Americas, but they are usually either ignored or stolen by the Paris office.
    If you work in an office other than the Paris headquarters, you are confined to just doing your tasks, and take an extreme amount of direction from the mother office

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    normal

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    - friendly environment
    - good location

    Cons

    - lack of communication
    - benefits
    - lack of training

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, very hectic, good collaboration. It is a challenging environment but the mix of European and US culture is a plus

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Good team
    Good collaboration
    Challenging work
    Lots of variety

    Cons

    Tight project timeframes
    Tight budgets
    Current economic cycle is hitting hard in some areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let global strategies get in the way of local success

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ver experience with over 10 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Good working relationship with peers

    Cons

    Management ia always being filled with French based employee

    No opinion of CEO

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