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Updated June 21, 2017
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  • The company is more suitable for those people who priortize work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Overall not an issue but can be slightly isolating for non French speakers (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Corporate & Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Reconciliation Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Worst company to work for.

    Cons

    Societe Generale bot Newedge where I worked for 13 years as soon as that happened most of the jobs were send to India and they started to monitor employees thru the computer and making employees clock in and out. for about three year no one received any monetary increase. I wonder if they treat their french employees the same way.

  3. "Nice people and culture"

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    • 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.


  4. "analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  5. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director 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 local US culture at peer level

    Cons

    HO control overpowering
    Poor decision making
    Behind the times in industry norms (working from home, dress down)


  6. "Very French Bank"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "good benefits, foreign culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trade Support in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, some good people work there

    Cons

    foreign culture, long periods of time to progress/complete anything of importance

    Advice to Management

    na

  8. "Its my first year with SG. The experience has been decent so far"

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in multiple location, internal opportunities to move within multiple departments, strong on equity derivative products across globe

    Cons

    Too much importance given to French employees, not much focus on grooming of resources, incorrect hiring of different positions, too many french managers

    Advice to Management

    Promote diversity


  9. "Equity derivatives sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Derivatives Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Derivatives Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job safety/stability, perks (cafeteria, vacation days, health care), good location

    Cons

    Unable to train and pay junior employees. Keep blindly poaching expensive MDs that are ready for retirement or have dubious track records. A lot of politics and flip-flopping on large scale projects that end up costing a lot and yielding little results.


  10. "Summer Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love this place so much

    Cons

    Not anything bad, people are great

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing whatever you are doing


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