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Goldman Sachs Analyst Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive atmosphere, very smart people (in 404 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 89 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to navigate work-life balance as an entry-level employee (in 695 reviews)

  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 802 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start career in the investment bank industry with a reputable name"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome team work environment , ability to move around GS is seen as good thing. A lot of personal development programs

    Cons

    Work balance , horrible hours , teams are often undermanned , tough deadlines , managers or VPs can sometimes be little to no help


  2. "Great company."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, positive energy and great environment. Always able to discuss issues and try to resolve as fast as possible. Frequent meetings keep the team up to date

    Cons

    Working in a start up division can be stressful due to the fact that everything is still changing. Must be able to adapt to change well.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to adapt to Change.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Brace Yourself"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contingent Tax Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Contractor - Contingent Tax Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, during tax season when you're working 13 hour days (7am-8pm) they provide dinner, Goldman Sachs University to learn new things when you have a moment free, keynote speaker conferences (either in office or remotely)

    Cons

    They will treat you like a machine, you will work crazy hours including weekends, when you have to leave for a doctors appointment or dentist or you are sick and can't come in your coworkers will treat you like rubbish, no work-home life balance, managers are encouraged to treat employees as disposable. Overall if you want a stable job that will gruesomely kill your spirit and soul then this is a good option, but if you have any flavor to you I would find someplace that better supports that color.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat machines as machines (ie start updating your tech) and start treating your employees as human beings.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Mormon Goldman Sachs--You're in or out!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your 5-person team experience does not necessarily reflect what GS is as a firm. if you don't like your team leave it as soon as possible before your managers turn on you and recommend you to be fired before it's too late.

    Cons

    Managers don't help you train you. You're left to your own devices to learn your function. If you don't do a good job it's your fault! Good luck not being mormon. If you're not you're silently ostracized. so much for a firm that focuses on diversity. GS stresses people to come up with innovative ideas but they use that as an elimination device to purge employees that do not fit with the culture or quietly acquiesce to the will of their senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be cowards when it comes to your employees. You're responsible to them as much as they as responsible to you. if you're too busy being a Vice-President and you can't be there for your team get a different position.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Management Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Management Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Management Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work, real responsibility, bright & driven colleagues, many opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate work-life balance as an entry-level employee


  7. "Goldman in SLC is great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better work/life balance in the SLC office; less stressful enviroment while still producing top notch product for the company. Goldman attracts top talent, so your co-workers work as hard as you do.

    Cons

    Can require longer hours - expected minimum is 50 hr/week. This is not just a 9-5, but you do get compensated.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    They do not care about developing their young people. The analyst program is meant to churn you out after 2 years. There is little room for growth and it is not a meritocracy. They have not figured out that they're losing talent to companies that care more about their employees.


  9. "OK"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot at the company

    Cons

    Woke up really early at the company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Operation Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Operation Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, driven workforce - everybody wants to succeed.

    Cons

    Working in GS operations, you get a lot of people bragging about what schools they went to; many of my co-workers come off as stuck-up and dismissive if they hear that you didn't go to a top-tier school. I felt at a slight disadvantage when I first started and had to prove my intelligence coming from a large state school.


  11. "Credit Risk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do a good job of hiring mostly smart people

    Cons

    Management is looking to downsize, so morale is low.