Société Générale Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
Frédéric Oudéa
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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 Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    27 PTO, 8% 401k match and good location (next to Union Station). Relatively good hours.

    Cons

    Competitive workplace. French are more likely to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain advantage by offering salaries competitive to the street. 4 years with no bonuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A place more for senior people

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

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

    Pros

    On-job Training
    team work spirit
    with different kinds of opportunities to grow or develop

    Cons

    less financial compensation
    the economic situation poses a lot of obstacles for the development especially the European Crisis and the slowdown of Chinese economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build a more appealing company culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Policy of the company needs to be reviewed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    team spirit
    good balance between private and business life
    good atmosphere at work

    Cons

    low salary and low benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Former employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    perks were good when they took the time to explain them to you.

    Cons

    leadership, management, company values they have none, no ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real leaders, add diversity, stop age discrimination

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Challenging, smart people. Like every big company, there would be many more efficient ways to produce the same work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Complex products. Smart people.

    Cons

    Heavy processes which are sometimes slowed down by the need to always get approval from the headquarters in France.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Summer Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    eager to learn, confident, persistent

    Cons

    pay much attention on the details

  8. a place where you can learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    as a intern i was assigned working with management trainee, i got to learn a lot

    Cons

    some jobs and assignments are repetitive work

  9. Good professional environment but poor HR policies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    Professionals with strong technical skills / overall good team work / good work life balance

    Cons

    No career management, managers promoted based on technical skills rather than good management skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. good opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    work closely with upper management and interesting projects with an opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    work can be repetitive at times at the entry level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more collaboration between groups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. It's a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    You can learn a lot from your manager. You may get first-hand experience of the financial product of SG.

    Cons

    Your sit next to your manager and he can see whatever you are doing. It's may cause a little bit depressing.

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