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Société Générale Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • great work/life balance for most employees (in 211 reviews)

  • It opened my eyes to the real working environment (in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • Overall not an issue but can be slightly isolating for non French speakers (in 28 reviews)

  • the hub is Hong Kong, work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst - Reserve Based Lending in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst - Reserve Based Lending in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good exposure, interesting deals. Had opportunity to face clients and influence deal outcome.

    Cons

    Managing egos, finger pointing culture. Very bureaucratic. Local office does a poor job of assisting employee advancement.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The worst!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director in Financial Engineering for Flow Strategy and Solutions in Derivatives"

    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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quantitative and great for hybrid products. Excellent equity and equity derivatives operations in the US.

    Cons

    In the US not well known for Fixed Income after several attempts to move into that business in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Investment means establishing long-term relationships with clients and being there for the client over time.


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  5. "Compliance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small presence in US makes it easy to interact with senior management

    Cons

    Not a lot of investment in systems and processes. So it often feels like there are no resources to solve problems.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and start making infrastructure changes that matter


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Chicago office - Client Servicing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Internationally diverse client list. Exposure to different cultures (particularly French). Fair work/life balance. Company is updating technology.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of large bank. Office politics can make it difficult to move around internally (although to be fair, I was only employed as a contract employee).


  7. "Database Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work environment. Can learn new technologies. Very nice staff. I was employed for 8+months and was very comfortable working.

    Cons

    Did not find any cons


  8. "Vice P"

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

    I worked at Société Générale (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When working with the right people can be a great experience

    Cons

    You have some real bad apples in some jobs

    Advice to Management

    Soi sage


  9. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Société Générale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, it was also a great professional experience in the heart of New York City. It opened my eyes to the real working environment.

    Cons

    I can not say anything bad about the company, it is one of the best companies out there and they develop your skills for new opportunities.

    Société Générale Response

    May 24, 2016 – Chargé communication - marque employeur

    Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to read that we helped you develop your skills. We wish you all the best, The HR Team


  10. Helpful (3)

    "You Can Do Better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    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.


  11. "Compliance Intern"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Société Générale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collegial compliance crew, good learning opportunities, good building location, pay was decent even at an intern rate, benefits after 90 days of work, cafeteria saved me a ton of money.

    Cons

    Roles within compliance are siloed.

    Advice to Management

    not much autonomy between Paris and US branch


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