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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Alot of smart people working with you (in 411 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 709 reviews)

  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 818 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scan in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scan in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Culture, End to End responsibilities

    Cons

    Nothing substantial that I can think of


  2. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Opportunities from day 1
    Great exposure to management

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance
    Promotions are often times based on politics


  3. "VP"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with set of highly technical bunch of people.

    Cons

    work life balance. With half the amount of people as compared to other companies, they get the same work done.

    Advice to Management

    My suggestion to the management would be to give more opportunities to senior folks.


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  5. "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good on-boarding for freshers into corporate world
    2. Good coordination between teams across regions

    Cons

    Work life balance is skewed


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President - Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart people all around. You can learn a lot about time management and risk management from high paced work culture.

    Cons

    Most of the smart people from the Technology department are leaving. They have flux of incoming so called strategist in the technology department who lack the ability to understand complexities and details and just want to build something new and move on. Too much politics and lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Please look into improving accountability and transparency. How to differentiate real value to company compare to facade.


  7. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and great retirement

    Cons

    high pressure on making sales and getting new customers

    Advice to Management

    have more fun


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President in Technology"

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment - ability to work with a talented and diverse group of people across the globe. Culture of learning - access to online and classroom training for career development and training

    Cons

    Work life balance - team sizes are much smaller than other firms resulting in heavy workload and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to employees - aside from monetary compensation, acknowledging good work with a "thank you" would help motivate team members for their day-to-day contributions


  9. "Challening place to work currently"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and challenging work.

    Cons

    Senior level leadership rate of attrition, competency and engagement. Institutional knowledge cannot be replaced in the masses and culture must be re-visited and revitalized..

    Advice to Management

    Better Communication with your people, present a clear and concise strategy of where the firm is headed and how this applies to its people. Increase leadership engagement and excellence across all layers of management and listen/observe the moral and cultural changes.


  10. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Legal Counsel in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President, Legal Counsel in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, training opportunities, excellent campus

    Cons

    definitely some silos, everyone is very focused on just what is in front of them, can feel lonely

    Advice to Management

    Open up lines of communication between groups


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get a good team you're set. Make sure you get a good idea of EXACTLY which division you'll be in and your team's work culture. Goldman is a totally different company depending on where you get placed. The right team will land you great hours and promotion/bonuses. Most teams will not be this kind of team so be incredibly meticulous when considering an offer.

    An Okay place to work that will be Okay for your career and will pay just Okay.

    Cons

    Most teams are not good teams. Some teams will work much longer hours than your normal 9-6, usually with managers who don't make an attempt to connect with their employees and wind up with unreasonable expectations.

    Tech is not respected nor compensated very well. Goldman has built a good brand but joining goldman tech will never make you rich. Period. Almost all the tech management comes from Strats and tech bonuses aren't even remotely close to the other divisions'.

    Most tech teams will not make you a good engineer. Goldman Tech is all about learning the business. If you ever try to find a job after GS nothing you learn at GS will be useful. Slang is not useful except in other banks that pay similarly poorly.

    You'll spend a huge amount of time in meetings discussing small details and requirements. GS tech is almost exactly how you'd imagine a bank's tech division: slow and mostly outdated.

    An Okay place to work that will be Okay for your career and will pay just Okay.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. The nature of how money is made at GS is one that will result in Tech being less valued than everything else. GS has never needed "great" engineers and will continue trucking along.


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