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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • Alot of smart people working with you (in 424 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 94 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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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

    High paying jobs, lots of attention from recruiters

    Cons

    Hard culture to navigate, aggressive environment


  2. Helpful (2)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Vice in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are smart people working there

    Cons

    Not every one there is smart. Those less smart are often in power

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience, great company, phenomenal peers"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The name on your resume is second to none. They also provide a ton of benefits outside typical health and retirement. They provide free web based employee training on hundreds of topics, Sponsored by names like Fitch Learning, Investment Banking Institute, Wall Street Prep, and other platforms that would other cost hundreds/thousands of dollars.

    Cons

    The office is are stilled fairly ruled by office politics. Meritocracy is definitely present, though; if you make a name for yourself and impress upper levels, you will definitely be rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive to be premiere. Listen to your junior VPs and associates and don't micromanage.


  4. "Vice President Regulatory Operations"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Operations in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President - Operations in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging Dynamic workplace interacting with many areas in tech legal compliance and operations. Team work is something the firm does really well.

    Cons

    sometimes work life balance can be tricky. Firm still needs to work hard at retaining talent with more junior staff members.


  5. "Audit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    good pay, good people, and good life

    Cons

    bad work life balance but better than investment banking


  6. "Technology Analyst"

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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

    Has a good fintech feel in technology

    Cons

    Very set in their ways


  7. "IBD Analyst"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot and quickly, great brand, decent pay, culture of excellence

    Cons

    Bonuses were terrible this year, culture of intensity and unsustainable, not much mentorship / very political

  8. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Long hours and work with great people

    Cons

    long hours and sometimes low pay


  9. "Employees"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity for growth. Very professional atmosphere. Had bonuses when I was there. Enjoyed working with a variety of professionals at different levels.

    Cons

    comes with a sacrifice of personal life. Culture and diversity is great in Goldman, breaks and personal time, not so much!

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Excellent place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by really high achieving people in a professional environment. You'll work hard with the opportunity to learn with some incredibly smart people. The GS name provides an unbeatable resume boost, and the firm as a whole is very well managed from the very top (from the perspective of benefits, events, etc.).

    Cons

    All around great experience but not without some gripes (entirely preventable with better/more focused management at the group level). My group had some serious cultural issues that were largely ignored by the partners, who made no effort to invest behind the junior people. There could be a lot more emphasis on developing managerial skills among the mid-tier (associates/VPs). Some of the VPs who were retained/promoted were toxic to culture.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize your mid-level folks to actually be good managers (rather than to look out for themselves/their track records). Force them to ingest a managerial handbook or something.


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