Société Générale

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Société Générale Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
336 Reviews
3.1
336 Reviews
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
Frédéric Oudéa
88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance isn't too bad in the right team, making a real push in some areas (in 72 reviews)

  • interesting working environment, global operations (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • French top brass do not believe any NON French people (in 10 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    They have a good culture and diverse group of people

    Cons

    Not one of the bulge brackets

  2.  

    Good atmosphere, but lack of motivation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President (IT)  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President (IT) in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Exposed to all activities of a large investment bank but in a structure with smaller headcount: it is a plus for a newcomer in finance, who will quickly grasp investment banking
    Good work/life balance: good hours, and management is understanding of personal issues, usually easy to plan vacation
    Ability to move horizontally

    Cons

    Change is slow: it takes some time for the company as a whole to accept changes, and then their investment is not large enough to have a quick impact
    Few advanced/recent technology, knowledge sharing within IT is scarce
    Management listens, but frustrations are often left unsolved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    many opportunities, training curriculum, people development...

    Cons

    compensation is below market (base and bonus)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solution Dept. Intern

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

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good teams, good experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    Seems French is there working language.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Pay Rate Could be improved

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

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits but salary could be better. Excellent training offerings. Most managerial staff seems pleasant and easily approachable. Office space is nice too.

    Cons

    Little management recognition. Limited opportunity for growth. No company cafeteria or pantry. Bonus pool could be better. Otherwise a nice place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better bonus rewards

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good job content and opportunities, decent work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    opportunities often pop-up due to the size of the company, it's still growing. management gives responsibilities if to performers.

    Cons

    lack of culture in the US and complex organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should promote diversity and mix international culture with the french management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance - long term career opportunities

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

    I worked at Société Générale as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Very deep financial expertise of SocGen employees
    Lot to learn because of their presence in multiple business lines
    Many career opportunities if you stick with them

    Cons

    Complex organization, multiple departments within each division of the group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience as a contract professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Human Resources Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Société Générale as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Open access to other HR professionals, good collaboration, opportunity to grow and expand your responsibilities.

    Cons

    L&D is not fully respected by other parts of the organization, seen more as a support function. Working in the NYC office is sometimes like being a "second class citizen" to Paris HQ, but this is not unusual for a U.S. office of a foreign entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more, you have a lot of really smart people working there.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  11.  

    SG was great company to work for until economy went down.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Société Générale for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people - everyone helped each other.

    Cons

    Early morning deadlines since HQ is in Paris. Many of the great people were laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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