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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of smart people, good preparation for any next job (in 394 reviews)

  • You get to learn a lot about financial markets (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 680 reviews)

  • Long hours, uncertainties about work schedule (in 786 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Great perks, gym on site, holidays, work from home capabilities, impeccable building

    Cons

    Long hours, team dynamic, work-life balance, management

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for junior folks to provide candid reviews on management


  2. "Credit Risk"

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

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

    Pros

    They do a good job of hiring mostly smart people

    Cons

    Management is looking to downsize, so morale is low.


  3. "Working at Goldman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for learning and developing skills needed to perform in job function.

    Cons

    There is not much room for work-life balance.


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  5. "Good short term experience/limited long term continuous growth options"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, smart employees, tons of learning experiences.

    Cons

    Long hours, slow/no upward mobility, limited expansion of responsibilities, limited care to work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Identify talent and ensure they see a path forward. Roadblocks are currently there, especially employees who have been there for a while and are entrenched in their positions. This causes employees to not see a path forward except out.


  6. "Exactly as you have heard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people. Good salary/benefits. Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Long hours. Management not respectful of personal time


  7. "Exposure to latest Technologies, but not so-great management"

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    Current Employee - Technology Associate in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    You could delve into some of the latest technologies and present that to your team. The team that I worked for especially encouraged best practices over known/old technologies.
    Work-life balance is pretty good. You get to work with smart people. You also have a lot of flexibility to move between different teams.

    Cons

    Projects takes really long to finish, as there is no project management. Goldman has a flat structure, meaning there is no one manager. If you are in a place other than New York, that there is lesser visibility of your work, which gets accentuated by lack of management. Senior management(MD and above) is most of the times detached with projects and work accomplished within teams.

    Goldman also hires a lot based on your communication skills, and A-performers, which reduces overall balance of personality types in a team, where everybody wants to compete with each other and there is no team work. Emphasis on communication skills, over technical skills makes it rather difficult to get a lot of technical projects completed in an efficient manner.

    Advice to Management

    Better project management. More focus on team development and program development.


  8. "Analyst Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Smart people to work with.
    Bonus

    Cons

    Very low base pay.
    Frequent lay offs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend tonsaturated, no growth"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work place, great people

    Cons

    Stingy employer, paid minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    Bla


  10. "Investment Banking Associate"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good upward mobility, with great exit opportunities. Very talented and intelligent co-workers. Lots of responsibilities given to junior employees. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Pretty long hours. Challenging environment at times. Would need to be a self-learner at times because senior folks are too busy to teach you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "general review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    being here comes with good company perks

    Cons

    tech platform is still in a state of infancy.

    Advice to Management

    Stay close to your team no matter how high you are in the organization. Pay close attention to broad impact when building a platform.



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