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Goldman Sachs London Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. "Vice president"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Quality of people
    Work life balance
    Senior management

    Cons

    Career progression
    0 outside of work activities


  2. "Great place and people, but working style annoying"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - some of the smartest and most impressive people I have ever worked with. Great feeling of the company, you really feel that you are part of something.

    Cons

    Working hours are really bad and senior people do sometimes not have any respect for your time etc. Tasks are sometimes not very intelligent and you are doing a lot of grunt work.


  3. "2 day A level program participant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - LEADERSHIP and INVOLVEMENT in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - LEADERSHIP and INVOLVEMENT in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Was an exciting way to see different parts of the firm

    Cons

    Very short program- I wish I spent more time in each department


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Equity Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    I thought it is the best bank in the world

    Cons

    you are treated like a slave, assistant and someone who has no voice.

    Advice to Management

    treat junior analyst like humans


  6. "All good, except for competition among employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn, but useful later in your. As well, such company on a cv gives a good impression in later career stages.`

    Cons

    looong working hours, which might be difficult to balance with personal life. As well, didn't like that there was a strong hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Management should improve work-life balance. Also provide more guidance on specific task, rather than just giving pile of documents without any word


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent and motivated people. Work assignments are high profile and interesting. Leading the way in trying to make the job more manageable for juniors (Saturday exception etc.). Good deal flow across teams and offices.

    Cons

    Hours can be challenging, despite recent efforts to improve work life balance. Stress levels can be high at times, and analyst and associates are expected to learn quickly and to constantly take on increasing levels of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Continue striving to improve the experience for junior bankers (Saturday rule and new tools for streamlining mundane tasks is a good start). Make sure analysts get deal experience as early as possible.


  8. "Trader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name/bragging rights. Compensation.

    Cons

    Its an old company run by old people.

    Advice to Management

    They need to find a way to build a relationship with young people entering the company. Almost everyone talks about leaving and doing something else.


  9. "High pay long hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay and bonus. Front page deals.

    Cons

    Work 7 days a week and long hours as first year analyst

    Advice to Management

    retreats would be good


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but in Decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand, training, smart and collaborative colleagues who are always open to helping. Senior staff are always open to having a coffee to aid in your career development. There is some mobility to different locations and teams if you're excellent, and the business requires it. Good pay, and best-in-class benefits.

    Cons

    The company is in a long decline like a corporate version of the Roman Empire - they've allowed barbarians inside the gates and it's newer policies are driving away the competent to firms who run tighter, more meritocratic ships and afford them more entrepreneurial opportunities.

    GS is trying to improve its image in the media so it has instituted more aggressive affirmative action policies which is great for them from a PR perspective but this has lowered entry barriers and standards, and it also degrades the firm's unique culture which is a mix of merit, collaboration, and competition.

    People slip through the recruitment filters if they check the right boxes so the number of mediocre/poor professionals entering has increased in recent years.

    The "long-term greedy" ethos is vanishing.

    Your career accelerates only once you leave for the buy-side using the GS brand rather than growing within the firm based on the trend over the past few years.

    Most people are overqualified for their jobs and do very mundane work on a daily basis.

    Your specialization becomes too niche if you're not careful about managing your career.

    HCM (the HR division) is woefully incompetent, pathetically slow and are more overstaffed than Soviet production lines.

    Advice to Management

    Gut the aggressive affirmative action schemes - focus on making the firm competitive and commercial rather than being some leftist social justice organisation.

    Provide more challenges to junior staff and they won't leave for the buy-side/startups so quickly after joining.

    Video interviewing is a stupid idea.

    Limit hiring from tier 2 and 3 universities at the analyst level to only the truly exceptional candidates from those pools.


  11. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good work life balance, working from home

    Cons

    not many benefits, too much bureaucracy


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