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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated April 25, 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. "First year as a NAPA at GS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New Associate Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New Associate Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a NAPA you have exposure to a large number of complex applications and proprietary languages challenging you in many different ways. I think most analysts will find they are growing tremendously as a developer and professional.

    Cons

    Goldman, and many banks, have a ton of baggage in terms of legacy infrastructure and outdated applications. Along with this comes alot of pain dealing with supporting and maintaining these old applications.

    Depending on your team, you may not be working on the most exciting technologies. Goldman is known across the street for being extremely heavy in its reliance on proprietary, rather than open source, technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing more in talent acquisition and retention especially in the tech space. GS is losing a lot of engineers to competing tech firms who pay more and have more appealing work environments.


  2. "Great company, strong culture, pay is comparatively lower than its competitors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We can work with lots of people with strong technical and personal skills. The firm pays great attention in helping their employees to develop their career. Everyone pays attention in building professional relationships with their peers, managers, and subordinates. Nice office and nice gym.

    Cons

    During my years in GS there were ups and downs in total compensation because of the change in the investment banking market.


  3. "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great experience, good learning experience.

    Cons

    Long hours, not a good quality of life


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  5. "VP, Compliance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Sounds like Kool-Aid, but you really do work with the best

    Cons

    Hours, Work Life Balance, Compensation


  6. "Goldman in SLC is great"

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

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

    Pros

    Better work/life balance in the SLC office; less stressful enviroment while still producing top notch product for the company. Goldman attracts top talent, so your co-workers work as hard as you do.

    Cons

    Can require longer hours - expected minimum is 50 hr/week. This is not just a 9-5, but you do get compensated.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    They do not care about developing their young people. The analyst program is meant to churn you out after 2 years. There is little room for growth and it is not a meritocracy. They have not figured out that they're losing talent to companies that care more about their employees.


  8. "Solid work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mentoring, compensation, meritocracy, diversity, career advancement

    Cons

    Long hours, travel requirements, work life balance


  9. "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot at the company

    Cons

    Woke up really early at the company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, driven workforce - everybody wants to succeed.

    Cons

    Working in GS operations, you get a lot of people bragging about what schools they went to; many of my co-workers come off as stuck-up and dismissive if they hear that you didn't go to a top-tier school. I felt at a slight disadvantage when I first started and had to prove my intelligence coming from a large state school.


  11. "Credit Risk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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