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Société Générale Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  • The company is more suitable for those people who priortize work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • rythme de travail un peu cyclique (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Bon employeur"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant chef de projet in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Assistant chef de projet in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Grande entreprise
    Changement de poste régulier
    Salaire
    Télétravail possible 1 jour par semaine (et même parfois 2 jours)

    Cons

    Conditions de travail se dégradant dans certaines directions

    Advice to Management

    Prendre soin de ses salariés autant que de ses actionnaires.


  2. "Ok but not amazing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Structuring in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Credit Structuring in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical people
    Great place to learn

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility
    Jobs are very specialized compared to the industry

  3. "Don't go on maternity leave or you'll get fired"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work-life balance

    Cons

    They fire women frequently when they leave for maternity leave and they make sure they all shut up by offering a big compensation for their silence.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around!


  4. "Oil and Gas IB Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    good team, good client portfolio, you would explore a wide range of financial products

    Cons

    exposure almost reach its full capacity


  5. "A company to work in"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional environment, great people and work conditions.

    Cons

    I do not have cons.


  6. "People oriented"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a company that is more people oriented than other big companies. It is not hard to get to participate in trainings/conferences etc that can help you grow your technical skills. Rewarding the employees is not subjective, it's based on the objectives achieved, performance and overall professional behavior.
    In short, people are not always seen as just resources. The environment is friendly and the managers are trying their best to offer employees a good working environment.

    Cons

    It's not always possible to use latest technologies and practices.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if there were initiatives to organize technical internal trainings (like bringing specialised speakers who have experience in teaching technologies and which can motivate the employees) would help in growing employees technical skills.


  7. "Upper Management Always Post Rosy Forecasts . . .But Don't Be Fooled!"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) Flexible work schedule if you have a nice supervisor. As long as you get your work done, you can come rolling into work after 9AM.
    2) Even more flexible dress code - assuming your supervisor is nice, "business casual" usually means jeans, sneakers, T-shirts, polo shirts, and even flip-flops.
    3) Sometimes they'll let you work remotely from home, but they don't like you doing it too often, although the upper managers seem to be able to work from home 3 or 4 days out of the work week.
    4) Compensation is mostly fair, but they squeeze every drop of blood out of you before they pay your salary. Expect to work hard and answer work-related emails on your smartphone 24/6.

    Cons

    1) You will be forced to attend (i.e. "highly encouraged" to "volunteer" to attend) lots of TownHall meetings where senior management try to indoctrinate you into believing that SocGen is making lotsa money and the worklife is great . . .yet they're laying off people left and right.

    2) It's a huge organization. Unless you're French and you work in executive/senior management, you're basically seen as a numbered drone in their system.
    3) Computer applications are usually built in-house to save money . . .problem is that SocGen is a bank, not a software development company. So you should expect a lot of software apps that you need to use for your work to fail on you on a regular basis. SocGen's Tech Support is mediocre, although the local Tech Support teams try to do their best. It's when your phone call to Tech Support gets routed to NYC or Paris, that you need to worry . . .

    Advice to Management

    1) Please just get rid of the New Year Harvest Party. If you're too cheap to sponsor a X-mas party during X-mas and can't afford to pay for a New Year's Eve party during NYE, don't try to make up for it by holding an annual party on January 19th. What is that?? On January 19th, I'm not even thinking about parties - I'm already started on getting the work done for the year.

    2) Reduce the number of "voluntary" TownHall meetings that the staff are unofficially required to attend. They waste a lot of time. Just send out an email filled with the lies, and people will read them.

  8. "Belle banque"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - conseiller en gestion de patrimoine in Valenciennes (France)
    Current Employee - conseiller en gestion de patrimoine in Valenciennes (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Esprit d'équipe, avantages d'un grand groupe

    Cons

    les inconvénients d'un grand groupe, il faut être docile, ne pas trop faire de vagues...


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

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    • 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


  10. "COO Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smaller sized company so get to know everyone well

    Cons

    Very French culture which can sometimes exclude others, takes a long time to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Have started to encourage flexible working, continue in this vein.


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