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Société Générale Reviews

Updated August 21, 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. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Lax hours, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Human resources are a bit scattered, can be improved

    Advice to Management

    Improve human resources, find more clients


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful management, open communication between employees

    Cons

    Organization of floors can be confusing

  3. "Business model changes the banking industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Offers what would be expected from a large international firm.

    Cons

    None to report at this .


  4. "Excellent place to grow and learn"

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    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).


  5. "Good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Environment, work/life, benefits, technological development.

    Cons

    Compensation, culture, bonus, too many organizational layers


  6. "Enjoyable Experience"

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Terrible place to work for compliance professionals"

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

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

    Pros

    Good vacation benefits - as would be expected from a French firm

    Cons

    Working remotely is discouraged and there is no flexibility in hours. Senior management is totally disengaged and there is no leadership. If you are looking to learn and grow, go somewhere else. You will learn nothing here from senior management except how to manage up.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes, engage, pretend to care about the people who work there.


  9. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    okay place to work for

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive


  10. "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?


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