Société Générale

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Société Générale Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
370 Reviews
3.2
370 Reviews
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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.  

    The financial world is evolving rapidly. Making the right investment decision and implementing the optimal risk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equity Structurer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Equity Structurer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Société Générale as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Within Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Markets is a fully integrated multi-asset class, multi-product platform focusing on delivering high quality investment and risk management solutions to asset managers, pension funds, private banks, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, family offices, sovereign funds and retail network distributors around the world.

    Cons

    Within Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Markets is a fully integrated multi-asset class, multi-product platform focusing on delivering high quality investment and risk management solutions to asset managers, pension funds, private banks, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, family offices, sovereign funds and retail network distributors around the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Markets is a fully integrated multi-asset class, multi-product platform focusing on delivering high quality investment and risk management solutions to asset managers, pension funds, private banks, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, family offices, sovereign funds and retail network distributors around the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ITEC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects coming up all the time

    Cons

    Ego of some a detriment to others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those who think the world of themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    excessive politics, low payout/earning ratio

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale

    Pros

    above average athmosphere bla bla bla

    Cons

    politics, bla bla bla bla

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place, low pay for VIE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - VIE in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - VIE in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People, constructive place
    Won't hire graduates, usually renews internships and VIEs
    HR was very helpful though and it seems like staff would prefer to have full time analysts in place. Unfortunately the system odesn't permit it.

    Good training and material to learn

    Cons

    Won't hire graduates, usually renews internships and VIEs
    HR was very helpful though and it seems like staff would prefer to have full time analysts in place. Unfortunately the system odesn't permit it.

    Good training and material to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some more hiring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay after recieving contract role after traineeship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good location,

    Cons

    Will need to develop yourself as a contractor.
    Average age is 40+

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nourish young contractors in order for them to provide more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    graduate trainee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operational Risk and Security Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operational Risk and Security Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Société Générale as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. There are many opportunities in terms of new joiners. Good environment to work in.

    Cons

    most of the times a trainee role doesn't lead to a permanent position. In my opinion SG should look to invest more in his employees i.e.: trainings, secondments, career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Only For French people. Manager told me no future has not being french

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Friends, easy life for all

    Cons

    Politics sucks within the bank

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Secretive team of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not run like a bank, think French civil service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My colleagues (analysts, sales, associates) in London are pleasant day-to-day, although everyone in London (reality is Paris too but opportunities in that market for FS are extremely limited) is basically trapped at SG because of poor market conditions/opportunities.

    Cons

    Many of the management have only ever worked at SG and it is very French and political. Very poor pay and bonuses compared to the market. Generally the analyst team is positive and collegial but most are looking for the first opportunity to get out. The IT systems and general organisation is incompetent. Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to imagine SG changing - it will never be an international Deutsche Bank, but rather a small, political, French bank with an office in London.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work, but lacks talent and drive to compete with big investment banks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxing environment
    Less pressure than other banks
    Can be fun working environment
    Good amount of holidays
    Good base salaries

    Cons

    Lacks seriously talented people
    No big hitters to drive investment banking businesses
    Senior Management don't know how to improve the business and compete with the major Investment Banks.
    Too much red tape holding back growth and competitiveness
    Loses the best staff to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more talent
    Make the firm more dynamic
    Increase management targets
    Take more risk
    Retain and hire the best staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nightmare if you work in IT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice location, next to tower bridge. But this doesn't really help if the job is killing you inside.

    Cons

    Poor decisions made in choice of management, majority of my colleagues have left the company since change of management.
    Poor treatment of contractors.
    Unrealistic work expectations. Not paid enough for the work involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose carefully when promoting people to management. Or provide them with management training. Be reallistic of what is expected from employees/contractors...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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