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Société Générale Reviews

Updated February 22, 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. "csr"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very flexible and comfortable work env

    Cons

    not great pay for what u do


  2. "Good Company going through restructuration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Real opportunities to learn through multiple projects

    Cons

    The salaries are most of the time below market standards


  3. "Avoid if Possible"

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    Current Employee - Middle Office Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Middle Office Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    More laid back environment, not good if you are a go-getter and trying to make enhancements or changes.

    Cons

    IT Dev, Template managers, control teams all in paris, difficult to communicate given 5 hr time zone difference. Most employees in support functions are not helpful, lazy. There is indeed a Paris vs everyone else mentality.


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  5. "Much promise, but bad timing"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Société Générale as a contractor

    Pros

    Close to Grand Central Terminal

    Cons

    Very French-first culture where those in upper management almost exclusively communicate in french.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Okay salary. Great location.

    Cons

    Not a great place for young employees as they do not provide very many resources to build your skillset or knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Provide your younger employees with desire to learn with more resources such as ability to take certifications, licences, etc.


  7. "developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    great work life balance and culture

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  8. "Soc Gen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Soc Gen is an entrepreneurial firm, that encourages innovation. The company had a strong global reputation as a market leader in Derivatives.

    Cons

    Soc Gen pays significantly below market, which is somewhat justified for French employees as they have certain employment protections that non-French employees do not. If you do not speak French your promotion options are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Pay to scale, pay in line with the market. Become a meritocracy.


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Some great, very bright people
    - Nice location

    Cons

    - Little focus on young people
    - Rigid hierarchy
    - Frustrating that most decisions have to go through central office in Paris


  10. "summer analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    french culture can be overbearing at times


  11. "Undergoing some positive change, but a long road ahead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing fast - lots of new opportunities
    Fantastic food in the cafeteria
    Great place to learn on the job
    Good perks if you ask for them

    Cons

    Back office is out of the Stone Age
    "Home Office"/Paris influence makes getting work done difficult
    Work/Life balance is atrocious for a company trying to attract and retain new talent
    Tone from the top needs serious work to set a positive corporate culture - they have a long way to go.
    Set in their ways - this is not the best bank on the street, but you would never know that talking to the old guard here.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and understand that new, fresh talent may come with good ideas
    Embrace change and encourage disruptive thinking
    Better family benefits (parental leave) and flexible working



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