Société Générale Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
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Pros
  • Good work life balance sometimes (in 75 reviews)

  • friendly and relaxed working environment (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • French top brass do not believe any NON French people (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. Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Société Générale (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice and easy to do networking! diverse culture of people

    Cons

    A lot of individual works. There were no group project at all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to feedback as with growth, there are always tweaks to keep getting better.


  2. Not Bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable expectations and good quality of life

    Cons

    Some communication issues getting quick decisions made by HQ in Paris


  3. Helpful (2)

    First Year Analyst

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    Current Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trading Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, great location

    Cons

    French is more used than English


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Things are more stable now

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks + much easier lifestyle compared to other investment banks

    Cons

    Went through periods of high turnover and managerial inconsistency. Frequent reorganizations and poor financial performance affected morale. I'm told things are better now.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan and stick to it


  6. Great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Transparent communication and growth opportunitites


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Could show More appreciation to employees


  8. Great company

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of things to learn

    Cons

    medium pay; glass ceiling for non-french


  9. Helpful (1)

    Everything is mediocre

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - many vacation days
    - 401k matching (8%)
    - office location (mid nyc and newport, jersey city)

    Cons

    - uses old legacy systems/applications
    - mediocre pay/bonus

    basically company is "okay". nothing really stands out. management is mediocre, pay is mediocre, technology mediocre, etc


  10. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work atmosphere, mix of Chicago industry staff and French speaking staff

    Cons

    Company in upheavel. No chance for growth as company will be in state of confusion thru 2016

    Advice to Management

    Continue to educate, communicate to staff changes and current projects and how those effect the individual employee


  11. Equity Compensation Analyst

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    Former Employee - Equity Analyst in Randolph, NJ
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst in Randolph, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First rate investment bank with engaging work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Hire me again



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