Société Générale

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Société Générale Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
370 Reviews
3.2
370 Reviews
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
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Review Highlights

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.  

    French culture is difficult in the US

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    Lots of capital, potential to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Irrational French culture makes advancement difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand US business better

  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Very very French !!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale

    Pros

    Compare to other IB, overall a lot of people with excellent education

    Cons

    1- if you do not belong to the "family" forget to obtain a key position in your career at SG
    2- it's not an issue for your manager not to explore all your Potentiel : a waste of talent !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more diverse and lesson to people with experience from other IB

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  5.  

    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
  6. 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 (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
  7.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good teams, good experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    Seems French is there working language.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Pay Rate Could be improved

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    Good job content and opportunities, decent work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  10. 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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (less than an 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

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