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Goldman Sachs London Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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  • Work life balance could be better (in 789 reviews)

  • Long hours, working on weekends at times (in 943 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    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

    Nice place to work - good

    Cons

    Long hours for juniors - bad


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with some very smart and motivated people. And contrary to the press, some of the best people in general.

    Cons

    Some people have been promoted above their strengths so its weighing on the firm's culture and the younger people coming up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to change tack if something isn't working.

  3. "Senior analyst - sales and trading"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for learning about markets, derivatives trading, core corporate skillset and good benfits (if you actually manage to use them)

    Cons

    Terrible culture. Not a team environment, individualistic/competitive and it feels at times that people dont want you to succeed. Obviously very long hours and on a case by case basis some senior people are really harassing/bullying juniors.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract top talent from the best schools etc, GS really needs a better culture. People from Ivy leagues do have a lot other great opportunities and frankly comp is the same elsewhere. So unless people feel supported and respected they wont stay.

    But then again it is very clear that GS doesnt care about juniors cause it is evident analysts are seen as expendible.

    Long term this is not sustainable


  4. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Good salary, good experience, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Too much hours, takes too much nerves


  5. "Product Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm to work for. Very meritocratic and proactivity is key to doing well. Smaller teams therefore exposed to variety of work. Systems very good.

    Cons

    Work load can be excessive at times and there may be resource constraints. Lack of mentoring available. Lot of change currently in place.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better mentoring. Hiring more staff during peak times and try to reduce high staff turnover. Increase efficiency of systems.


  6. "Great place to work --"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people in my team. With GS you're bound to interact with intelligent, motivated people. I also enjoyed how easy it was to schedule a meeting or walk into the office of my division ED or MD. One-on-ones every two weeks and a clear review system. GS employees work hard and play hard. Good salary too and great location. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Sometimes the promotions in the team were unfair. People with the 'gift of the gab' got promoted over people that were actually doing the work. Also sometime very mundane tasks -but that varies by division.

    Advice to Management

    Great work so far -- nut more work needs to be done around assessment for promotion


  7. "Spring Intern"

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    Former Employee - Spring Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Spring Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and smart people

    Cons

    Nothing I can really think of

  8. "Operations contract"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The strong name/brand. Surrounded by ambitious colleagues.

    Cons

    Micro-management. Bureaucracy. Long hour culture, but not efficient within those hours.


  9. "Equity Research"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good name to have on CV and very hardworking atmosphere which is very motivating

    Cons

    No sense of team or willingness to help other, very individualistic atmosphere. Real culture of facetime

    Advice to Management

    People skills training required here; ensure staff are motivated by things other than money


  10. "One Year Technology Placement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and easy going culture in Tech. Good benefits including: pension, medical insurance, subsidised gym, health care and new joiners bonus.

    Cons

    No way to give feedback on managers and other employees for interns. Over worked sometimes and no work life balance.


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