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Société Générale Reviews

Updated May 20, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Proceed with caution; short term gains but inadequate for a long term career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Good flexibility to have a balance between work and life
    • Decent bonuses
    • Global presence and opportunity for global interaction

    Cons

    • Lacks opportunity for growth
    • No path or requirements defined for career progression; be prepared to be looked over time and time again
    • Overly complicated structure
    • Not transparent in processes or communication with employees
    • Company culture lacks diversity and adequate support of their employees
    • Remote connectivity capabilities have improved but could use more improvement to make it seamless for employees
    • The work can be painful due to things (such as processes and explanations/reasons offered) often not making much sense
    • IT support is less than satisfactory
    • Employee morale is consistently quite low
    • The quality of the work you produce doesn't hold as much value as it should
    • At times they have demonstrated approval and support toward negative behavior from employees

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees in their desires for opportunity and growth that are expressed. Gain some personable skills as its a no brainer that this is essential when your position involves working with people that are obligated to follow your lead. Gain the trust of your employees and maintain it. Openly communicate with your employees so they don't feel confused or left out of the changes that are occurring.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Run don't walk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  3. "Senior Java Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice team & environment to work

    Cons

    I didn't have any bad experince. So no cons


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  5. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much to say right now

    Cons

    Need to bridge the French vs. everyone else mentality

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the people in power


  6. "good people and learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in China, ME
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in China, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people and learning environment

    Cons

    low efficiency, too conservative,

    Advice to Management

    add new fresh blood


  7. "Great place to work, great people to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lotus Notes Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Lotus Notes Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people I work with were more like family. I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    Merger cut backs that cost me the job


  8. "Sales Desk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location of the building is right by Grand Central!

    Cons

    There are many small clicks of upper management who have more meetings than anything I've ever seen. Many of the managers do not know what certain desks are doing nor do they care to know. It was one of the worst places I have ever worked. Forget having a life outside of work they do not want to hear you have kids or have to leave for a family emergency.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and what they actually do for you. Give those on your teams a chance to move up the ladder. Tough working with no where to go and no bonuses.


  9. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    global investment bank creating different opportunities

    Cons

    The bank is bureaucratic and


  10. "Merger and Acquisition"

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

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    With Newedge: Opportunity to go back and forth between Chicago and New York offices. Lots of great people in back office support roles.

    Cons

    Societe Generale acquired Newedge and "cleaned house". No consideration for current Newedge employees especially not in back office / support roles. It was all about SOCGEN!

    Advice to Management

    Develop better plans for acquisition and considering talent in place.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and very friendly atmosphere, the office and the work environment in general are great and there are plenty of career opportunities.

    Cons

    Salary, bonus and raise are really below the market and make it really hard to convince good talents to come or stay in the company. Also the feeling to be a consultant serving the traders and not part of the same entity (IT not invited to drinks, not given the free goods when everybody around you is a trader and get it ... )

    Advice to Management

    SocGen needs to put more money on the table to allow growth and retain talents. Also get the trading to work WITH developers and stop thinking they are their pets


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