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Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Competitive atmosphere, very smart people (in 404 reviews)

  • many people you can learn a lot from (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "One of the best places to work in Finance"

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

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities
    You will work and learn from the smartest people on the street.
    The pay is fair for the good performers.

    Cons

    Very political place as you go up the ranks.
    Tough times with new capital and regulatary environment
    A lot of changes and challenges in the trading business

    Advice to Management

    Better connection with the people at the lower ranks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Think long and hard before taking a job here!"

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

    I worked at Goldman Sachs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quick promotion possible relative to other banks if you butter the right people up and don't go against the status quo

    Cons

    Long hours and no encouragement from senior management to have any reasonable work/life balance. Depending on your year of joining the firm you could do very poorly in terms of compensation, particularly per hour. Internal mobility was very difficult and not supported by management.


  3. "Great Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, god pay, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    the work is very tiring

    Advice to Management

    management was perfect


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Start, Brutal Hors"

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

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

    Pros

    great people, fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Increasingly long hours, overbearing and at times rude managment

    Advice to Management

    Treat your analysts better, less hours perhaps?


  6. "Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Excellent training program
    Great brand recognition
    Ambitious and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Highly political organization
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Reduce political fights and help employees enjoy a better work life balance; eventually this increases loyalty and commitment of the workforce


  7. "Ok experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name
    People with good experience in banking
    Well paid
    Clear career path

    Cons

    Very hard work, not much creative thinking
    Unclear development path
    Senior people do not respect juniors

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and act accordingly
    Ensure that junior staff have clear training path for career development
    Increase pay for juniors


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Business analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay (but you will definitely work for it!). You probably won't be bored and you will definitely be challenged. Very steep learning curve. Pushed to your limits, which might be painful but allows you to grow.

    Cons

    Your experience is highly dependent on your team/manager. There is a lot of room for mismanagement, which is why the turnover is very high. Some people expect a lot from you without putting any effort into teaching you. If it's not perfect then it's a disaster, which makes the learning process hard for people who don't have thick skin. It's not a fun/happy place to work, but there are a handful of decent people, you just need to make sure you end up working with them, otherwise you'll be planning your next job within a month of joining!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the people who are managing juniors have the skills to manage them. Berating someone is never a good way to teach, this is a basic skill that most managers should know, but don't. Encourage senior people to invest in the growth of their juniors, rather than letting them think that juniors are only as useful as the work they can produce at that very moment. Everyone is so concerned about finding a "good" junior, so much so that many people with great potential end up leaving because they've been neglected and mistreated because they haven't yet learnt a skill that they would have probably learnt easily if they had been managed correctly. Needless to say, a lot more work needs to be done if you want talent to stay long enough to eventually lead this company.


  9. "Float Assistant, Investment Banking."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Float Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Float Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as a contractor

    Pros

    The gym is good
    There is an onsite dentist
    You don't have to be nice to people
    Very thorough / professional place of work
    Senior Management (Partners) were the nicest ... relatively ...
    Everybody / most people seem good and focused at their jobs.

    Cons

    Often heard people vomit / cry in the toilet
    One doesn't have friends there and friendship is discouraged
    If you feel like you are being watched it's because you are...
    Assistants seem to be paid alot less here as its "Goldman Sachs" and its a "privilege" to work there
    Worked with one guy for 6 weeks called me "Sophie" because he couldn't be bothered to learn my name ...
    Zero progression opportunities
    Constantly reminded of how you are disposable and of no value

    Advice to Management

    People are equal.
    Ruling through tyranny isn't always effective.


  10. "Great place/ very intelligent and driven colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reputation, lots of opportunities to take responsibility, smart and professional colleagues,

    Cons

    Can prove challenging to move internally, can be instances of office politics, workload can be quite intense


  11. "Fantastic"

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

    Pros

    Great development
    Interesting Work
    Tons of progression

    Cons

    hours can be a bit demanding


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