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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of smart people, good preparation for any next job (in 385 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 666 reviews)

  • Long hours, uncertainties about work schedule (in 771 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    -Intelligent employees
    -Motivated group of people

    Cons

    -lack of creativity
    -management will pigeonhold you in certain positions

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees and pretend like you care about their future


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Peers were good to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management in ops are not well informed. they lack basic financial knowledge. Key to success at goldman sachs ops is to be a sycophant to senior management.
    Also they like to blame junior member of the team.


  3. "Gold"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart team intense work ethics

    Cons

    Too hierarchical for an entrepreneurial type


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  5. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall it is a satisfying job with good benefits

    Cons

    The work life balance leaves something to be desired


  6. "Regional Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regional Consultant role best suited for young, highly motivated individual who dreams of becoming an external.

    Cons

    Regional Consultant role not recommended for seasoned internals that want to stay in Chicago, very limited opportunity for upward mobility in Chicago. Firm frowns upon long-term internals (move up or move out.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement does not create a more productive workforce.


  7. "management accountability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Senior Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Operations Senior Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Popular firm so looks good on your resume

    Cons

    no work life balance and bad management

    Advice to Management

    managers should be held more accountable


  8. Helpful (1)

    "WORST THAN NORTH KOREA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Occasionally, the vending machine snacks are not past their expiration date. The San Francisco offices have fantastic views despite being a firm with a prison culture.

    Cons

    If you are a minority be expected to be treated like the help. Very much a "white man's boy club," management doesn't foster entrepreneurialism and vetoes any refreshing practices, the highest degree of politics and sycophancy is to be expected. Analysts/Associates are underpaid given the long hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring employees of diverse backgrounds instead of the same pedigree model: son of ex/current-GS executive, Ivy League Grad, and Finance degree.


  9. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    great work culture dynamic people

    Cons

    nothing negative about the company


  10. "Great Summer Experience"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with new technologies, great intern talks with many company leaders. Lots of teams are working on really cool projects.

    Cons

    It is possible to get stuck working on less interesting stuff, but networking with the right teams helps.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation in the same range as Google/Facebook would be nice, NY/NJ area is very expensive.


  11. "Good Place to Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly environment, open culture,

    Cons

    lot of levels, less growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the lengthily interview process and make quick decisions



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