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Goldman Sachs Analyst Developer Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good on-boarding for freshers into corporate world
    2. Good coordination between teams across regions

    Cons

    Work life balance is skewed


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good caliber of people recruited, interview process is involved and has 10+ one-on-one personal interviews
    - Team culture is highly regarded and encouraged
    - Performance is rewarded, bar is set high

    Cons

    - This is not a 9 to 5 job, work life balance has to be consciously maintained

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Innovative"

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    Current Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    The SLC office is known for its innovation and out of the box thinking. I can't speak for other locations, but your good ideas here will be heard and if you're good at getting consensus, you can do whatever you want to do.

    Cons

    The company itself isn't doing incredibly hot, and that can affect morale and bonus amount. Also, different teams have different levels of focus on training and development.

    Advice to Management

    Pick VPs that can see past the workload to complete, and give their team members time for special projects and other off line activities.


  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. I can get good domain knowledge and lots of technologies to explore. Lots of passionate and inspiring people to work with.

    Cons

    Too much work, there is no exact work hours. Work life balance is totally up to us and we need to manage it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Better off at a tech company than doing IT here"

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    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Depending on your group, you can easily have a great work/life balance.

    -Pretty strong job security, the good developers generally do not stay very long so if you're skilled then you won't really have to worry much about it.

    -People are generally very nice.

    -Advancement is pretty much standard until you hit middle management so there's a lot of transparency in career progression.

    Cons

    -Pay is low for a software engineer job but above market for an IT support job, so it's not too bad if you have just a general engineering degree and not know a lot about programming. Don't be fooled into thinking that back office tech pay is going to be much better than other back office positions though.

    -Culture isn't that great to be honest. Since there isn't any profits/loss to show for performance, you'll encounter poor performing workers who just talks the talk. When things go wrong, it becomes a battle of egos and office politics instead of real honestly and working together. Level of trust is low between different teams because of it. It's very shocking how low the bar can go when simple programming issues gets turned into a magnitude of solving world peace.

    Advice to Management

    Just hope management realizes that whatever communication they receive, it's gone through a lot of filtering to make it appear rosy. Either way, it's not a very good outlook from the bottom since the culture is deteriorating while the top is surrounded by brown nosers saying how everything is going well.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away at all cost"

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    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good name to put on resume, you got to learn some financial knowledge. Lots of training available if you like to learn education/personal investing/some celebrity talk.

    Cons

    I'll put this way, recruiting is like sales pitches, and I did not find the number anywhere close to what they advertised. Internal technology is terrible(almost nothing works reliably) and GS is not fixing them! architecture is also based on these so you will see some really really strange architecture. code base is absolutely the worse I've seen. You will find you have no transferable knowledge when you apply for new jobs. (Maybe you learned a few finance words and tons of politics tricks?) Office politics is nightmare.

    As a hardcore software engineer, I did not enjoy any minutes here, that's why I left.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer/Program Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Program Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    For NAPA NY trip is the best, challenging environment

    Cons

    Bad management, partial treatment by managers
    Compensation after first year becomes incompetent
    Work life balance almost non-existent
    No On-site opportunities
    Considers Tech as cost center, so no much focus
    use of obscelete and propreitory technologies

    Advice to Management

    Should try to identify the raw talent, rather than rewarding only people who work for visibility

  8. "Analysts"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright ppl
    Very smart ppl
    Good workers
    Enthusiasm
    Movers and shakers

    Cons

    Very bright ppl
    Very bright ppl
    Very smart ppl
    Good workers
    Enthusiasm
    Movers and shakers

    Advice to Management

    Give ppl a shot no seriously I worked hard and finally got a shot after 7 months totally ridiculous ma . Like really give ppl a shot


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Thrilling ambition, culture of visibility"

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    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're working with the best. It's a rare occasion to find someone here who is only average.

    Cons

    Being a busybody and an attention hog is actively encouraged...the company term is "posting"


  10. "Analyst Developer I"

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    Former Employee - Analyst Developer I in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst Developer I in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure given to freshers. The hierarchy structure is good. Mentors are available to help.

    Cons

    Long working hours and busy schedule.

    Advice to Management

    We should have some fun loving environment at work. People always busy doing their work.