Société Générale Reviews

Updated Aug 13, 2020

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3.1
42%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
Approve of CEO
Société Générale Chairman and CEO Frédéric Oudéa
Frédéric Oudéa
96 Ratings
Pros
  • "life balance good(in 103 reviews)

  • "Good balance of French constructive debate vs USA speed of execution(in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • "work life balance is not gud in recent years(in 43 reviews)

  • "Almost zero opportunity of growing for non-french employees(in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunities to grow a career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transaction Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career advancement and internal / international mobility, benefits, wide variety of businesses within the Corporate & Investment Bank

    Cons

    As in most large FI organizations, approval processes can take quite some time

  2. "SG"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    entrepreneurial environment, good place for innovation

    Cons

    Head office is heavy on the region and center of most of decisions

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  3. "An interesting place..."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking worker bees. Interesting deals. Try to be creative. Structured finance-focused. Good benefits, was an early adopter of 1 day a week WFH, casual dress. More life balance, at 50-65 hrs/week.

    Cons

    A lot of overseas armchair quarterbacking in US markets they are not experts in. Many at the top of the house in CIB seem ill-equipped to run businesses - good individual contributors but shouldn't be the stewards. Often felt like they threw ideas at a wall to see what stuck rather than taking time to do white papers. From a competitive standpoint, they copy what BNP, Credit Ag and Natixis do, rather than other better performing IBs. Cannot compete on cost of funds vs many competitors in the US so have to take on more aggressive businesses.

  4. "Financial Engineer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company environment, and work cultur

    Cons

    No cons as such required to mention

  5. "Good to learn and as a quick career step"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexibility. Paid time off above average. Easy to outperform compared to other banks in NY. Good to learn. They bring some strong technical guys from Paris.

    Cons

    Pays with a discount compared to the NY market and therefore attracts low local calibres or very political guys. The bank survives in NYC with expats they bring from Paris at a lower cost. Support functions are very political. Most of talent ends up leaving due to low evolution perspectives

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Settle. Keep Looking."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kyc Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice environment Nice coworkers Internal Cafeteria is decent

    Cons

    Poor growth opportunities. Poor Training Lack of consistent policy and procedures.

  7. "7/10 job"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance overall. Good people.

    Cons

    Tiny bonuses compared to American banks

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place for non-french"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Above average paid vacation days - Seems like a good place if you want to stay in the comfort zone

    Cons

    - Almost zero opportunity of growing for non-french employees. - Hierarchical organization structure - Below average bonus - Some work is really meaningless and wasting of time

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Invest in technology and talents"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The business is interesting with qualitative and loyal clients

    Cons

    The applications and software are quite difficult to use on a daily basis (if you have the access granted in less than one month of course)

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work At Soc Gen"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are very Good Benefits at Socv Gen

    Cons

    there is a lot of geographical Fragmentation at Soc Gen

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