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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve - lots of opportunity to push yourself beyond what you thought you could do
    Ability to grow - if you do well you are encouraged to raise your hand for more responsibility
    Smart coworkers - not too many politics though this is group dependent

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge. Management expects a lot.
    Male dominated management- louder extraverts can get more credit which can be frustrating to those who aren't as vocal. They have been juniorizing staff so not sure if you can grow old here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just give credit to boisterous achievers. Humble quieter sorts can be your best bet


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Supportive culture, competitive, lots of resources, solid compensation, mobility throughout the organization

    Cons

    Lot of hours, senior leadership are not always good managers of people - have often be promoted because they are very commercial


  3. "Truly Collaborative Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone collaborates closely to ensure projects are executed efficiently and exceptionally.

    Cons

    Long hours and lack of quality of life.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start career in the investment bank industry with a reputable name"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome team work environment , ability to move around GS is seen as good thing. A lot of personal development programs

    Cons

    Work balance , horrible hours , teams are often undermanned , tough deadlines , managers or VPs can sometimes be little to no help


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brings out the corporate Ninja in you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work that forces you to grow professionally. You get sizable responsibilities early on in your career. Company is best in class in an admittedly challenged sector.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and this can sometimes mean having to walk a tight rope between personal and work life.

    Advice to Management

    Give a bit more thought to junior retention. It's (literally) the future of the firm.


  7. "Tremendously fulfilling"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Vice President - Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    An environment centered around diversity of thought.
    A myriad of opportunities to step outside your comfort zone to elicit growth and development.
    A true meritocracy
    This was an experience that has shaped all subsequent opportunities in a profoundly positive way by helping me cultivate skill sets I was unaware I possess and challenging my patterns of thought.

    Cons

    The same intensity that drove my positive experience can be a double edge sword. I found it easy to spread oneself too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't ever forget, nor loose sight of your greatest capital, your people!


  8. "competitive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    industry leading business practices and learning environment

    Cons

    work life balance , highly competitive

    Advice to Management

    all employees are not ambitious.


  9. "Work with smart set of people who wants to get things done"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    More people know their stuff
    Lot of intelligent people to learn from

    Cons

    Individual contributors can only grow upto a certain point


  10. "VP"

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

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

    Pros

    Good / Smart people to work with

    Cons

    nothing bad to work there


  11. "Great company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional, positive energy and great environment. Always able to discuss issues and try to resolve as fast as possible. Frequent meetings keep the team up to date

    Cons

    Working in a start up division can be stressful due to the fact that everything is still changing. Must be able to adapt to change well.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to adapt to Change.


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