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Société Générale Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • great work/life balance for most employees (in 215 reviews)

  • It opened my eyes to the real working environment (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • Overall not an issue but can be slightly isolating for non French speakers (in 29 reviews)

  • Parfois pas assez de travail pour occuper le temps l' (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Loan Closer Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Loan Closer Associate in Old Bridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Loan Closer Associate in Old Bridge, NJ

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot going to sell side/bank.

    Cons

    KYC group has extensive requirements & slow to complete


  2. "Procurement Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture and diversity was great.

    Cons

    There is currently low morale and management shows a lack appreciation and respect for employees hard work and dedication to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect and show them how much you appreciate their hard work. Compensation is not always the way to show your appreciation just saying thank you for your hard work is just as good.


  3. "sr technical lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    less development work in india


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  5. "Full Time employe"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location is great and technology for development is full .Net.

    Cons

    Poor management, you are just an employee among the mass.

    Advice to Management

    To pay more attention on their team rather focusing on politics and their own objectives.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Small company feel in a big corporation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    SG is an international corporation, but the regional offices feel like a small company. Most meetings in NY are in person so you get to have face-to-face interactions. The office location in Midtown Manhattan is great and there is an entrance to Grand Central in the bottom of the building. They really value a work-life balance and everyone takes all their many vacation days and nobody looks down on them for doing it. People enjoy working here and work hard while they are here. There are a lot of smart people everywhere. They also compensate most people pretty well and the benefits are unparalleled with 8% matching on your 401K.

    Cons

    Many approvals have to go through Paris, so it is sometimes difficult to get things done. Management also just decided to not create an IHC board for the FED, so essentially there is a glass ceiling on how big the company can grow. There is also a glass ceiling on how successful you can be if you are not French. If you are french, you are valued more than if you are not and French people will get promoted over someone from the US in most cases.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on Employee Engagement and read the voice of the employee in the barometer. There isnt a very strong community feel. People dont interact outside of work. Also, there should be more marketing tools to spread the name of SG in the US. SG has a pretty well known name and people who work here are proud of working here. If SG employees were given more SG "gear" they would be able to show it off and talk about how great of a place it is to work, which would be great word of mouth marketing and increase our footprint in the minds of the other big banks, which are shrinking.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid this place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Corporate and Investment Bank in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate and Investment Bank in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work / life balance ; many solid , experienced Wall Street folks in non management roles. Can't think of much else positive.

    Cons

    Too many French expats who don't know what they're doing ,Terrible pay vs other banks, management is nothing short of inept. Very bureaucratic organization where politics rules above all else!

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior staff and stop importing "talent" who don't know the US market. Hire some locals


  8. "programmer analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company,good staff and all good

    Cons

    as my instint is good there,no cons :)


  9. "It's a challenge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  10. "Terrible !"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


  11. "Bad culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


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