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Updated May 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Alot of smart people working with you (in 411 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 709 reviews)

  • Long hours that make difficult to find work/life balance (in 818 reviews)

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  1. "Equity Research (GIR) - Europe (London)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strongest brand in the sector with extreme name recognition.
    High levels of professionalism - People respond earnestly to requests and questions and never do things halfways

    Cons

    Often dull. Very 'siloed' in respect of work-load. Made all the worst by the long hours and face-time expectations. Otherwise just a very standard corporate atmosphere which is demotivating

    Advice to Management

    Change the structure of the workplace. Think from bottom-up and what really good analysis would look like, and where it'd come from.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Had very high expectations but they don't seem to have any clear roadmap, employees are overworked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Clapham, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Associate in Clapham, London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand to work for, strong reputation in the industry
    Employees are generally very smart, highly competitive place
    Strong business ethics
    Competitors respect the firm and its employees , very strong business hold on the market.

    Cons

    Slow growth for lateral hires
    Not a great place for technical folks though pay might be ok.
    They do not give the same growth to lateral hires when compared to campus graduate hires
    Pay is not the best compared to market standards esp for technology folks
    Way too much politics and the manager can make or break your career
    Work is not that great though they showcase themselves as a tech company, trying to compete with leading tech firms.

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone equal opportunities before evaluating them during their appraisal.
    360 degree employee review is great but sadly the employee can't write about his or her achievements, ultimately it's left to what the manager remembers during the last few months before the appraisal.


  3. "Operations Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company and you are surrounded by very intelligent people

    Cons

    Very hard to move out of Operations once in


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  5. "Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Learn a huge amount, great culture, smart people benefits are excellent , opportunities to get involved with a lot of infinity network s and additional work outside of your core work

    Cons

    No immediate cons other than office politics but that is expected in every office. Hours are a little long in London office but there is massive flexibility

    Advice to Management

    More progression opportunities needed in lower levels roles


  6. "All good, except for competition among employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn, but useful later in your. As well, such company on a cv gives a good impression in later career stages.`

    Cons

    looong working hours, which might be difficult to balance with personal life. As well, didn't like that there was a strong hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Management should improve work-life balance. Also provide more guidance on specific task, rather than just giving pile of documents without any word


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good, but in Decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand, training, smart and collaborative colleagues who are always open to helping. Senior staff are always open to having a coffee to aid in your career development. There is some mobility to different locations and teams if you're excellent, and the business requires it. Good pay, and best-in-class benefits.

    Cons

    The company is in a long decline like a corporate version of the Roman Empire - they've allowed barbarians inside the gates and it's newer policies are driving away the competent to firms who run tighter, more meritocratic ships and afford them more entrepreneurial opportunities.

    GS is trying to improve its image in the media so it has instituted more aggressive affirmative action policies which is great for them from a PR perspective but this has lowered entry barriers and standards, and it also degrades the firm's unique culture which is a mix of merit, collaboration, and competition.

    People slip through the recruitment filters if they check the right boxes so the number of mediocre/poor professionals entering has increased in recent years.

    The "long-term greedy" ethos is vanishing.

    Your career accelerates only once you leave for the buy-side using the GS brand rather than growing within the firm based on the trend over the past few years.

    Most people are overqualified for their jobs and do very mundane work on a daily basis.

    Your specialization becomes too niche if you're not careful about managing your career.

    HCM (the HR division) is woefully incompetent, pathetically slow and are more overstaffed than Soviet production lines.

    Advice to Management

    Gut the aggressive affirmative action schemes - focus on making the firm competitive and commercial rather than being some leftist social justice organisation.

    Provide more challenges to junior staff and they won't leave for the buy-side/startups so quickly after joining.

    Video interviewing is a stupid idea.

    Limit hiring from tier 2 and 3 universities at the analyst level to only the truly exceptional candidates from those pools.


  8. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good work life balance, working from home

    Cons

    not many benefits, too much bureaucracy


  9. "Poor Management & Blame Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, working with smart and interesting people

    Cons

    Hot desking (without the right infrastructure to make it work), blame culture, bullying from certain managers to more junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and set realistic deadlines.


  10. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging changing work environment

    Cons

    Intensity, lack of work life balance, cut throat culture. Restrictive budget, poor systems and project management


  11. "Good for graduates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good name to have on your CV
    Great graduate programme
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Office politics can be difficult to deal with
    Sometimes contributions are not recognised and lots of self-marketing needed


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