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Pros
  • Competitive atmosphere, very smart people (in 407 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 705 reviews)

  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 813 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't believe the hype - slave drivers who don't care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    money to start.....but nothing close to what you're producing for them

    Cons

    upward mobility
    recognition
    lazy upper level management
    no respect for employees

    Advice to Management

    stop taking credit for work you were no part of
    be better at allowing analysts to network with superiors so that we may have a shot to develop our own careers


  2. "It was challenging but help me develop analytical and programming skills."

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

    Pros

    Very helpful staff. Management doesnt have a very complex hierarchy. People are easily reachable. Participation is recognized and very appreciated.

    Cons

    Its a very busy environment. Might throw you off at first. The people are very busy but will try their best to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Very competent. Invest in their people. Very supportive of new ideas. They allow new ideas to be suggested and worked on.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience in a corporate business environment but poor work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Goldman Sachs is a recognizable and reputable firm, so it looks great on a resume.
    Exposed to upper management through company wide meetings.

    Cons

    60 hour weeks, no one takes lunch breaks, and for overtime you get paid 1/2 time.
    The work itself is boring and mundane. I felt like a robot.

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance- practice what you preach
    Be straight up with your employees. I couldn't stand the sugar coating.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "One of the best company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst - Private Wealth Management in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst - Private Wealth Management in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Such a team culture that can't be beat anywhere else. When working with such smart people, it really pushes you to be

    Cons

    Hours can get brutal and the work life balance is almost non existent. Other than that, everything else is wonderful!


  6. "Great"

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

    Pros

    Great people and great culture

    Cons

    Depends on the division you are in, you may not get to use a lot of finance skills


  7. "Not a place to work in current economic turmoil"

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great brand value

    Cons

    Bad compensation package, No perks

    Advice to Management

    Increase the basic compensation for New Analysts!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great infrastructure, bad work life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Goldman has great employee benefits and resources made available for its workers.

    Cons

    Career growth is slow and lots of politics. Terrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback.


  9. "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FX Derivative Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - FX Derivative Strategist in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation/good brand name outside work place.

    Cons

    Very MBAish organisaton... very much internal networking based.

    Advice to Management

    To recognize talent in a better way and not have stereo typed bosses.


  10. "Very competitive and fast-paced environment"

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

    Pros

    Very smart people with good business sense; good benefits package including online courses, maternity leave program; work itself is interesting and variable which keeps your interest

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment, management can be aggressive and also play favorites, extremely long hours required when compensation is static. The way feedback is given is not very professional in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Constructive criticism is good, but aggressive leadership is unnecessary and does not motivate employees or ensure they work to the best of their ability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with a diverse group of the best and brightest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -pay / benefits
    -location (salt lake city), low cost of living-good pay
    -if you perform well GS will make sure you move around and take on new challenges

    Cons

    -there are not opportunities to move from operations to any other devision within the company if that is your desire
    -many managers do no support getting an MBA even though the firm does. in some groups it can be a career limiting desire