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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated May 25, 2018
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  • Work life balance may not be good (in 833 reviews)

  • long hours - they're standard but be prepared (in 953 reviews)

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  1. "Great place, not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, lot's of growth opportunities for high performers (not a lot of room for the laggards). People willing to go the extra mile can go a very long way here.

    Cons

    Despite what people will tell you, the company is very political from middle management upwards and increasingly so as you move up. This can sometimes get in the way of well-intended employees looking to focus on the work.


  2. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    The people and the culture is great

    Cons

    hours can be a lot

  3. "Financial Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Location can be busy and requires good location for apartment


  4. "BI Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    It is a great place to work

    Cons

    The hours are somewhat insane


  5. "Vice President Investment Banking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Top level management is very adept at executing strategic initiatives.

    Cons

    Culture has eroded over the years as promotions and ability to earn based on merit have deteriorated


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall as a whole the company itself is great. The salary and perks are amazing. Couldn't ask for anything more in that area but....

    Cons

    The peoplele in the IBD department are for the most part spoiled Prima Donna's. Everyone is SOOOO passive aggressive and expects you to read their minds. The MD I worked with was truly this case as well as one of my Associates. No one minds working and doing their job but sometimes you have to do something for yourself and they can't do anything. As an assistant I realize that you are supposed to make things happen but sometime you have to ask questions and when you do, you get looks like your an idiot. The passive aggressive, I'm better than you, I can't do anything for myself behavior is REAL!! People you work with everyday will walk right past you and not say a word but will speak when they need something from you. The owners family member was more personable and he had more reason to be rude and obnoxious than the others, not that, that is acceptable but he does. the culture they strive so much to have needs a lot of work. I did have great people in my group my bankers not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Do better. Stop being passive aggressive and rework the culture aspect.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart, hard working people. Opportunity to work on great projects.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work 24/7

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financially rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Executive Asssistance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Asssistance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially awesome. 401K very generous

    Cons

    People were not friendly. Very difficult to get promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employees who don't go to Harvard, Yale, Brown for promotions.


  9. "Overall great"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging assignments, interesting work

    Cons

    Work-life balance, long hours, limited mobility.


  10. "Technology Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Technology 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

    Diverse work culture. Flexible timings for Technology Analysts

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance. Strict, dormant domains for long periods. Sometimes no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary/benefits for Technology division. Provide more room for learnin, growth


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