Société Générale
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www.societegenerale.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Société Générale Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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2.7 24 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa

Frédéric Oudéa

(7 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place, low pay for VIE

    VIE (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsPeople, 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

    ConsWon'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 Senior ManagementDo some more hiring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay after recieving contract role after traineeship

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood pay, good location,

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNourish young contractors in order for them to provide more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    graduate trainee

    Operational Risk and Security Coordinator (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

    Consmost 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Director (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood Friends, easy life for all

    ConsPolitics sucks within the bank

    Advice to Senior ManagementSecretive team of people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not run like a bank, think French civil service

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsMy 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nightmare if you work in IT

    IT Support (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average

    M&A Intern (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

    ConsThe pay is far too low, organisation is too French

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay interns more, have a better conversion rate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Capital Market Research Department (Summer Intern) (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSuch 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good investment bank with a good work life balance

    Network Security Engineer (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsWarm atmosphere and friendly employees

    ConsPay is below standard compared to other banks

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a bigger canteen

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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