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Updated March 27, 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. "A good experiece"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn. Amazing network.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Lack of listening

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring and promoting the best.


  2. "Summer Intern - Investment Management Division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to the role, and a lot of responsibility from the start. Lots of presentations from different sectors to learn about my specific division. Also lots of exposure to the research and predictions which were really interesting.

    Cons

    The environment is very high pressure, which can be motivating for some but can always be very stressful. Also lack of exposure to other sectors within the bank.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps organise more presentations with other divisions from the bank so individuals get more exposure. I really enjoyed the role and the responsibility i was given. I think that they should continue with giving interns a lot of responsibility as it was a great learning process.


  3. "VP"

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

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

    Pros

    Encourage a diversified and well trained work force

    Cons

    Not hiring enough people and not enough encouragement to keep current workforce


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  5. "Long hours"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart mind to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, culture absorbes co worker


  6. "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


  7. "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


  8. "Definitely a good place to be"

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

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

    Pros

    - very well organized internship
    - involvement in every-day tasks of the team
    - employees very willing to share their knowledge and spent time with the interns
    - shadowing opportunities across the division and in other divisions too (as long as firm policies allow for interaction of the two divisions)
    - feedback culture
    - there is a gym in the basement with good prices for interns (no excuse not to keep in shape ;) )

    Cons

    - depending on the team project-based worked could have been mundane
    - long hours (though manageable)
    - surprisingly many manual processes
    - getting accesses takes forever

    Advice to Management

    - work on an access bundle that would allow interns to start their work immediately upon joining
    - keep up the good work


  9. "Equity Research Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture, great access to all research analyst and other sales and trading people across all regions.

    Cons

    Really poor work life balance. Very junior and less experienced people now are lead analysts for many large cap companies. Most of these guys do not even succeed to clear the CFA 3 levels.

    Advice to Management

    Value analytical skills, research is about analysis not just about sales


  10. "Great people, high pressure, results driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Hitchin, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Hitchin, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Surrounded by highly intelligent, driven people
    - Great benefits package
    - Always opportunity to work new/more projects

    Cons

    - Culture can sometimes be unsupportive
    - Salary/bonuses are in decline
    - Systems in use seem somewhat archaic and behind the times

    Advice to Management

    Needs to update systems to make use of new technological advances which would save a huge amount of time and money, allowing employees to work on more meaningful tasks


  11. "For IB great"

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

    Pros

    Excellent career progression for sellside firm
    Large risk taking for trading

    Cons

    Politics and forced into managerail role if successful - albeit less than competitors


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