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Updated January 22, 2018
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Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
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Pros
  • Company has given good facilities to employee and think about their work life balance (in 343 reviews)

  • wonderful working environment , huge space for personal development (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is more suitable for those people who priortize work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • No work from home, getting promotion to next level is tuff, No onsite (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    generally, it's a positive work environment that has improved a lot over the past few years, with a more strategic approach to the business in the US. Intelligent and experienced people throughout the organization. There seems to be a genuine commitment from management to continue changing the the firm's culture for the better. This is a global organization. You'll work with people from everywhere in the world. That has both its pros and cons.

    Cons

    Some areas are under-resourced. Have been and continue to be. Technology is improving, but still isn't great. Like most banks, SG is still focused on regulatory requirements, so employees are asked to juggle between those projects and their day-to-day responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible. Get out more and spend time with employees to hear our ideas and our concerns.


  2. "Poor people management"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, improvement initiatives,good training programs,importance of cultural exchanges-bringing people together

    Cons

    No clear guidelines, poor people management, unfriendly managers,office politics-playing favorites.

  3. "mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Derivative Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Derivative Sales in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Not much career progression offered to non-French and way too many layers of management. Risk group holds too much power and often times prevents sales/trading from bringing in business.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to operate in the US, you need to think like the rest of the US banks. Hire more locally and allow an American culture to grow within the firm.


  4. "Laid back culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very laid back culture, values work/life balance

    Cons

    French business culture dominates the atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees market rates


  5. "Societe generale"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and smart people

    Cons

    IT is not very good


  6. "cash management expertise"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    wonderful working environment , huge space for personal development

    Cons

    internal control needs some improvement


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great place if you're French or North African"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate 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

    The benefits (non-monetary) are very high compared to the street. Vacations are plentiful, the 401k has an 8% match, and the healthcare is good. Lately, they've made a big push to increase coding education.

    Cons

    It's very French, and you won't know how important that is unless you see it firsthand. If you're a junior employee, don't expect to move up with great performance if you're not French. They're also not ashamed to state openly that they will prioritize discriminating against you for promotions if you're a white man.

    Société Générale Response

    Nov 9, 2017 – L'Equipe Recrutement

    Thanks for your comment.
    Societe Generale, as a firm, is headquartered in France and highly values the mobility of its global workforce. As such, there are many French and international staff who... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "QA"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, med insurance is very good.
    People over all Europe. In general calm and nice environment

    Cons

    Management does not know what they want. The promises don't meet expectations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Junior Rates sales person"

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    Former Employee - Junior Rates Sales Person in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Rates Sales Person in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Resources and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    bad managment, Too many middle management. Not enough communications. Too big goups. Bad onboarding and KYC status.

    Advice to Management

    No comment


  10. "Oil and Gas IB Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    good team, good client portfolio, you would explore a wide range of financial products

    Cons

    exposure almost reach its full capacity


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