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Pros
  • Alot of smart people working with you (in 414 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 715 reviews)

  • I think everyone talks about the long hours if you works at Goldman (in 826 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "good company overall, but group by group could be different"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    professional. smart people. work hard

    Cons

    politics. at least my manager is terrible - doesn't give you career advice, treats you as a working machine


  2. "Hard working and smart people around"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working and smart people around

    Cons

    Long work hours and too much stress

    Advice to Management

    reduce work hours by more autoation


  3. Helpful (2)

    "My experience was demanding, but you have to expect it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep learning curve
    Work hard, play hard
    Let me work on models to round out my summer experience
    Team always available to answer questions

    Cons

    Long hours
    HR was difficult when I tried to move internally
    Firm is currently cutting expenses
    Very volatile in terms of headcount

    Advice to Management

    GS is looking at its investment management division as its future revenue leader. It should instead retain its focus on investment banking advisory and sales & trading.


  4. "The experience has been great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to contribute to various initiatives.

    Cons

    Employees are required to work very long hours.


  5. "Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyday you come to work you are faced with a new challenge and learn something new. A very rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    You have to be very committed to succeeding here by willing to work harder and longer than the average professional.

    Advice to Management

    In this environment of uncertainty and fear, I wish management would do a better job of making the employees feel more secure about their positions and the outlook of the firm.


  6. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice pay, intelligent people, loads of learning opportunities, great employer in the industry. go for it young starters, full of challenges

    Cons

    workload, long hours, high pressure, generally good, can't think of too much bad, oh may be hard to get in.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hardworking smart people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative work culture. Tremendous focus on career growth - in fact improving yourself is not something they help you with - it is something you are _required_ to do otherwise you will be in the "bottom" for consideration when every year 5% of the worst performers are let go.
    Work from home is supported where it makes sense.

    Cons

    Technology hours are not as bad as banking hours, but still on average 10 to 12 hours a day (plus some other emergency every few days)
    The company used to be flatter 10 years ago, now there is more middle management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard and enjoy the culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with a group of people who pride themselves at working hard and achieving excellence.

    Cons

    You'll be working crazy hours and its not acceptable to do anything less. Also, the upward mobility seems pretty congested.

    Advice to Management

    I think the company is run very effectively especially the upper management down to the analysts all sitting together. They have created an environment where, although there is definately levels of power, it is felt that everyone is working together to create success.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning ground, difficult culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant people, top prestige, lean teams, great exposure to management and clients

    Cons

    Long hours, office politics, stuffy culture, unnecessarily competitive, male-dominated, fake and judgmental people. Disproportionate importance of perceived personality, and not actually a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage, give better feedback


  10. "Challenging, eye-opening, and rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support network. As an intern, you have the same responsabilities as your teammates. Also, there are numerous networking events that are fun and informative.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. The work and life balance is extremely difficult to balance, even working in Salt Lake City. However, you become very close with your coworkers so we would celebrate Fridays after work.