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Goldman Sachs London Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Alot of smart people working with you (in 413 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 91 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 710 reviews)

  • I think everyone talks about the long hours if you works at Goldman (in 823 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Experience review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "A good experiece"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn. Amazing network.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Lack of listening

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring and promoting the best.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart mind to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, culture absorbes co worker


  7. "Summer Intern - Investment Management Division"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to the role, and a lot of responsibility from the start. Lots of presentations from different sectors to learn about my specific division. Also lots of exposure to the research and predictions which were really interesting.

    Cons

    The environment is very high pressure, which can be motivating for some but can always be very stressful. Also lack of exposure to other sectors within the bank.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps organise more presentations with other divisions from the bank so individuals get more exposure. I really enjoyed the role and the responsibility i was given. I think that they should continue with giving interns a lot of responsibility as it was a great learning process.


  8. "VP"

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

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Encourage a diversified and well trained work force

    Cons

    Not hiring enough people and not enough encouragement to keep current workforce


  9. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging changing work environment

    Cons

    Intensity, lack of work life balance, cut throat culture. Restrictive budget, poor systems and project management


  10. "Good for graduates"

    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)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good name to have on your CV
    Great graduate programme
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Office politics can be difficult to deal with
    Sometimes contributions are not recognised and lots of self-marketing needed


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