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Société Générale Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  • The company is more suitable for those people who priortize work life balance (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Management considers the employees as expendable drones"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Compensation is fair for the most part.
    2) Lots of corporate-sponsored activities.
    3) Business-casual dress code is actually not enforced much, so you can wear jeans every day as long as you don't deal with clients on a face-to-face daily basis and if you're not management.
    4) Severance payout and related benefits are fairly generous towards laid-off people.

    Cons

    1) They are very willing to lay off people with very little warning at the slightest dip in profits, even though management is always touting how profitable the company is doing.
    2) If they lay off people, the company will not allow its current employees to provide you with job references.
    3) They are always looking to cut the fat and save money, but it's inconsistent . . .sometimes they'll spend money on useless, wasteful technology (such as, providing Dell tablets operating on obsolete Windows 8 OS to all employees) or on corporate training programs that emphasize too much on soft skills (e.g. reducing workplace conflicts) and not enough on hard-core computer programming and tech skills that are more useful in our jobs.
    4) If you're not French and white and always praising the company, you're probably not going to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like human beings and show them a little more respect. Everyone is worked hard and to the bone, so just try to remember that and acknowledge their efforts.

    Société Générale Response

    Nov 9, 2017 – L'Equipe Recrutement

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Societe Generale Americas is an equal opportunity employer and strives to be a diverse and inclusive workplace that recognizes, develops and promotes employees based on... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "When you work at SG, what happens to you is called "Getting SG'ed""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's about as close to a 40 hour a week job that you can get in banking.

    Cons

    Societe Generale only cares about itself. American's are treated poorly compared to the French. SG will take advantage of you in any way that they can.. internally it's called "Getting SG'ed".

    Advice to Management

    Disolve the firm

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Like A Dumpster Fire"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you keep your distance you might be able to avoid breathing in any of the acrid fumes.

    Cons

    - Most unprofessional atmosphere I have ever been a part of in my life
    - Staff take pride in surviving near constant layoffs
    - Rife with politics
    - Inept uneducated management with little to no experience leading
    - Enormous army of contractors
    - Absolutely no career development
    - Archaic technology
    - Projects that have beginnings but no end

    This place is in a complete nose dive. They can't seem to stop offshoring and near shoring jobs, which is a major issue that's totally backfiring on them. It wouldn't surprise me at all if their FCM business implodes within the next year or two.
    Only if you are very very very desperate would I tell anyone to ever work here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the constant layoffs. Cutting your way to prosperity will eventually work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent people, a lot of vacation days , decent cafeteria. Saturday and Sunday off , not much more for pros

    Cons

    Poor management unless you are French , no respect employees , only seem to respect workers who dont do much who dont have an opinion . French managers ignore workers , would rather stay by coffee machine .Micromanaging is the norm , raises and bonuses or should i say what raises or bonuses management feels giving employees a cup of ice cream is the way to keep employees

    Advice to Management

    Dont have managers who treat their workers like they are inferior to then


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Worst work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Saturday and Sunday are days off

    Cons

    Managers lack communication skills and do not understand how to engage with employees. Offering pizza and cake on a monthly basis is not how you do it. Provide an environment where employees look forward to coming to work, are respectful of each other and promote people based on their performance not their nationality or skin color.

    Advice to Management

    See above. Listen. Not that it matters what is written here. SG Management has no interest in building team spirit. Insulting employees and treating them like trash is not how you promote engagement.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Only if You Are French!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro was that you get benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, run by compliance and risk, no care for the customer and if you are not French or an ex-pat in the US you have no opportunity for advancement


  7. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Focus on compliance and systems.

    Cons

    Inept management and endless corporate politics.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible place to work for compliance professionals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Reconciliation Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reconciliation Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Reconciliation Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and good work environment.

    Cons

    Too many new bosses that don't know the business well. most jobs are been sent to India. I feel that India doesn't have the knowledge or the resources to complete the work accurately.


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