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Société Générale New York City Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  • The company is more suitable for those people who priortize work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Parfois pas assez de travail pour occuper le temps l' (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to grow and learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are really skilled.
    Excellent company to learn.
    Really good mindset between different teams: collaboration and team spirit are the pillars of the company.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than competition.
    Difficult to progress in the hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and retain key people and less politics between locations (Paris centric).


  2. "Enjoyable Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great manager, very understanding.

    Cons

    HR could do a better job of guiding junior staff career development opportunities.

  3. "Not impressed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The team that I worked in was great. Great US manager. Very strong teamwork

    Cons

    Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management. Paris management.

    Advice to Management

    Let the US manage themselves. They know what they are doing.


  4. "Avoid at any cost. Micromanaging everything at a ridiculous scale"

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    Former Employee - Network Automation Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Automation Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    OK benefits.
    They have a decent cafeteria for employees to buy lunch and breakfast.

    Cons

    Worked here for 3 month, and I quit after it.

    They didn't give me a laptop to work on. They gave me a very old hardware. 4:3 monitor that has some color issues and a computer that's very slow. When I asked for a newer hardware I was ignored. My phone has a better spec than the computer I was given.

    They will micromanage everything at a ridiculous scale. Do you need a software on your computer? Call the help desk. The help desk might not install the software you need for work.

    If you need to do development on a Linux server, they will give you hard time getting you access or right permissions. If you need to install git for example, you will need to contact the "UNIX TEAM" to install it for you. Each request for installing a package can take few days. You can waste like 2 month on not doing anything just to wait for someone else to run a yum install that will take them less than 3 seconds to run.

    You built a web application and need to deploy it? Call the "APACHE TEAM". You may need to wait like a month to get things done for you. Developers are not allowed to configured services by themselves.

    No clear goals. I was hired to reduce cost, and they don't know what needs to be done in order to reduce cost.

    Back stabbing between the engineers. Engineers are back stabbing each others to the management in unprofessional way.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you need a reorg and get rid of managers that slow employees down?


  5. "Eeek!"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of vacation /paid time off. Not much else very good.
    Close to grand central station
    Cafeteria in building is ok and has salad bar

    Cons

    Whole place is a mess. Badly organized hierarchy. No support from management. Terrible communication between NY and Paris. Clear they don't care about employees

    Advice to Management

    Think about your employees' quality of life


  6. "Run Like a French Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Contractor - IT Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like French culture and workplace politics, then this place is for you.

    Cons

    Can be be a confusing and disconcerting environment for those not used to French customs/norms.

    Advice to Management

    Open up to different management styles/approaches for different regions


  7. "Corporate & Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Good culture. HR listens. A little bit more relaxed versus other American investment banks.

    Cons

    Hours were long, SG is not the most competitive bank on the Street. Deals you work on are always those that is not loved by most of Wall Street. But that could be good for experience as you get to learn about a lot of cool niche companies.

  8. "Very French Bank"

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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 Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Paid vacations, nice work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to move up if you don't speak french


  9. "Nice people and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    SG is more focused on markets other than the US and would like to shape US views in line with Europe - not easy.


  10. "analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great company who cares about their employees and is always wiling to teach you new things.

    Cons

    can't think of anything bad to say about this company


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