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Société Générale Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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  • Overall not an issue but can be slightly isolating for non French speakers (in 28 reviews)

  • Parfois pas assez de travail pour occuper le temps l' (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Values and Transparency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There are many projects available due to system consolidations
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Very little team work.
    - Environment is not conducive to "Agile" methodology.
    - This is not a good place for young employee to work and grow professionally. Most big projects are controlled overseas.

    Advice to Management

    They need to really follow their own guiding principles of values and transparency. They would be surprised how people can respond in a positive way to openness and honesty.


  2. "Bad place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Checks clear every two weeks.

    Cons

    Managers make no efforts to engage, listen or take an interest in the lives of employees. Senior managers are distant and are no better. Employees are overworked and treated poorly with no concern for their wellbeing. Co-workers are rude and there is no team spirit. French people are promoted to senior positions because they are French not because they are qualified. By far the worst place I have worked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Do not feel you are above anyone and can talk down to them because you have a title next to your name


  3. "If you aren't in NY, your as good as garbage"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company does a great job of taking care of those that are in NY, those that transfer and move globally, there is a ton of vacation.

    Cons

    Zero flexibility, they don't even issue laptops. They bought a clearing firm and have no idea how the business works. They have gutted core functions without knowing the job being performed. Now things are falling apart and they wonder why.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the people who are essential to the business. Start by figuring out who those people are before you fire them or they leave. You can't run a business without the right people.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not French, Not Real Employee"

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

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse staff with interesting people

    Cons

    If you don't speak French and/or aren't from France you are treated like a second class citizen

    Advice to Management

    Be more cognizant of how you treat your local/non French employees, it is degrading


  6. "It's a challenge"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time. You can show up late to meetings or work and no one cares.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to advance in the company if you don't speak french. The management seems to have an attention disorder as they go from one thing to the next with no focus or end goal in mind. One reorg after another. The department management is immature and unprofessional. Don't expect the management to be involved in career development. Training is available, and internal moves are possible but it is 100% on you to discover what would be good for you. Management will not be involved with your development and they do not see anything wrong with this.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it is like for the staff. Based on what you say, you think you know. Based on what you do, you do not.


  7. "Terrible !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None - benefits are decent but the work culture in America is one of frustration and complacency. Terrible training for junior analyst and obscene micro micro management. Awful place to start a career.

    Cons

    Terrible culture
    Lazy management
    Awful back and middle office support
    HR is a mess
    Entrenched employees and horrible training
    Lots of micromanagement
    No prospects for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Either change or be happy losing lots of young talent and being stagnant


  8. "Bad culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In midtown, nothing much. blah blah blah

    Cons

    Very strange culture, the worst manager in my 10+ yr career. Very mean and unprofessional manager. Maybe just my bad luck. Pay is below wall street standard.

    Advice to Management

    less Paris centric will help.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Run don't walk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Howard Beach, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Howard Beach, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    non a big fat zero

    Cons

    The firm set up a group called SAFE Security Anti Fraud Expertise as result of a trader fraud. This group is a window dressing bunch of idiots along with the rest of the arrogant foreigners must be French to succeed bought Newedge another struggling horrible place that could not grow organically due to poor management. Also under PAR pay compared to other Corporate and Investment Banks Overall Crapolla

    Advice to Management

    Go Back to France


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The worst!!!"

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

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    The checks cleared. The water was cold. The coffee was hot. You'll find numerous people that would agree me. Totally.

    Cons

    How much time do you have?... The definition of corporate bs. Mostly, pompous, arrogant, no credential having jerks. Save yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Get down off your high horse and get your head out of.... You're not god's gift. You are just most-likely middle management.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "You Can Do Better"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    It is a paycheck with benefits.

    Cons

    Where to start? All of mojo is in Paris, lots of knowledge is concentrated there. If you don't speak french it's a huge barrier to getting anything accomplished. Systems, workflows and methodologies are often puzzle-like and require teams in Paris to make sense of. Very little documentation of merit leads to empires with all of the knowledge. Technology is antiquated, hard to use and ill-supported. Given these constraints, environment is very hostile. No annual raises, nominal bonus.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't like people from the US, don't hire them. When conference calls take place that span Paris and New York, set a requirement that the spoken word is English or require your US hires to speak French prior to hiring them.



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