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Société Générale Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    excessive politics, low payout/earning ratio

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    graduate trainee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for less than a 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
  6.  

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

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

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for 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
  7.  

    Not run like a bank, think French civil service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  8.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Nightmare if you work in IT

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  10.  

    Average

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance isn't too bad in the right team, making a real push in some areas

    Cons

    The pay is far too low, organisation is too French

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay interns more, have a better conversion rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Front office cross-asset research.
    Intellectually exiting, at the forefront of capital market universe

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Capital Market Research Department (Summer Intern)  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Capital Market Research Department (Summer Intern) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Société Générale part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with smart people, the atmosphere was more human than similar US Banking research department. Lot of independency and ad-hoc projects

    Cons

    Mischievous on small mistakes, internal competition on a daily basis. Regarding in-team communication : good, but people are busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Such as BNP and CACIB, SGCIB hiring process relies way too much on elitism. Additionally, French trading floor occupants get this bad habbit of talking French too often.
    B

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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