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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. "Interesting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    1) industry leading colleagues that are generally readily willing to offer incite and advice as long as you are willing to ask
    2) work ethic that drives people to do things they would otherwise avoid (pro and con)

    Cons

    Working in operations, management works hard to guide young talent as they grow in their role.
    In the securities division (sales and trading), management tends to be to important to spend time with junior employees, so the task is generally delegated to other junior level employees. This works for some and fails for many others that end up quitting.

    Advice to Management

    the quality of training and guidance for junior level employees has deteriorated over the 10 years I spent at the company, largely a result of employees more concerned with the short term goal of succeeding in their own role and less concerned about the long term gain from fostering new talent.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "VP"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most talented people on the the sell side. GS is the best place to go and learn as an analyst or associate.

    Cons

    Hyper competitive environment in which, despite the 'put the client first' and 'put the firm second' endless refrains are BS. Extremely political. No time outside of work as 24/7/365 is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Information Security in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Information Security in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with "current" technology if you're luck to be in the right area/role
    Firm name/status (?)
    Work close to WTC area

    Cons

    - Focus on quick but subpar deliverables
    - Self marketing and networking more important than real knowledge, experience and quality
    - Lack of methodology and team leadership
    - Too many cheap, just out of school inexperienced hires. They usually leave the firm in 1 year after realizing this company sucks
    - No external training
    - Bonus used to be good until 5 years ago, now is a joke (10-15%)

    Advice to Management

    Management training and team work


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, work with high caliber people, a company where you will grow personally and develop incredible professional skills. Cares about it's people

    Cons

    Not a place where you will retire from, growth opportunities will stop for majority of people and culture doesn't allow for people to remain in current role. Either moving up or moving out


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, exposure, talent development, investment in their people, prestige,

    Cons

    Relentless never ending pressure, very very competitive, managers can be week.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. People are encouraged to be as innovative as possible and create efficiency

    Cons

    Terrible hours...but that's the industry. Work/life flexibility isn't as supported as much as they make it seem. Very competitive environment.


  7. "Vp"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been with the company for 2 years. You get to work with the smartest people and work that is challenging.

    Cons

    Work work work... there is really no quality of life. Your time spent in the office is far more than the time spent at home. More than sever imagined.

    Advice to Management

    Allocate work appropriately.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has all the elements to be successful

    Cons

    Very big hierarchy, could be difficult to navigate


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work alongside smart, passionate and driven people

    Cons

    Long hours, middle management can be weak

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain good, young talent


  10. "Vice President"

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Open collaborative , direct goals, action oriented.

    Cons

    Time and budget constrained


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