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Goldman Sachs London Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive atmosphere, very smart people (in 407 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 705 reviews)

  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 813 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  3. "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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  5. "GS"

    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

    Good people, great opportunities, good organisation.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes challenging work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Goldman Sachs Operations Analysts"

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

    Pros

    I interned at Goldman Sachs from June 2015 - June 2016. I was in the Credit Flow middle office of the operations division. The culture at GS is extremely supportive and the exposure you receive to different divisions and institutions in the operations department is next to none.

    Cons

    One of the down-sides would be the working hours. Often I had to be in hour after the traders have left.

    Advice to Management

    I believe there should be a rotational program for interns so they can experience more than one division. It is very hard to know exactly what you want to do in your second year at university and i believe a placement year is to explore the countless opportunities out there.


  7. "Good rewards but you need to work for it."

    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)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Calibre of employees is generally excellent

    Cons

    Political
    Culture can be stifling.


  8. "Portfolio manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, intellectually stimulating, high level of responsibility at junior level

    Cons

    Salary, lack of freedom to take investment risk, rigid rules around promotion


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Three years at Goldman Sachs"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues - highly intelligent, driven, diverse and ambitious. The vast majority of people were incredibly friendly and helpful, particularly to new joiners. Plenty of opportunities to advance your skills/ knowledge through online courses, workshops, seminars etc. Amazing exposure to top-tier clients and plenty of resources to succeed in your role. Great culture and values.

    Cons

    Long working hours. Standardized structures for career development - particularly for juniors there were limited ability to advance your career in terms of salary and title by showing talent and achievement. You need to pay your dues and do the years before you're eligible for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Review the promotion systems and consider whether there is room to allow quicker career progression for people showing extraordinary achievement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Experience review"

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

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

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers are great, bright people. Overall the structure of the company is flat, which means you can reach out and speak to people from any level (up to a partner). The working hours are flexible and they respect personal arrangements.

    Cons

    The company could benefit from employing a 20% (fun-time) rule, similar to Google. I think many employees have good ideas for side projects which often get overshadowed by day-to-day priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Management should provide even more opportunities for junior employees to make an impact. Also - encourage your employees to spend time on side projects as this could yield great returns.


  11. "Poor Management & Blame Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, working with smart and interesting people

    Cons

    Hot desking (without the right infrastructure to make it work), blame culture, bullying from certain managers to more junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and set realistic deadlines.


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