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Société Générale Reviews

Updated February 17, 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. "Headquarter good, globally case by case"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Depends on whether your manager is reasonable or not. Globally speaking.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the work/life balance.


  2. "Mixed experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some great teams and smart people, multi-cultural environment

    Cons

    A lot of politics and poor management of HR


  3. "Compliance Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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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    "Nice, but possibly a dead end"

    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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good base salary,
    Lots of vacation days
    Even in trading jobs, good work life balance.

    Cons

    I hear this dumb phrase, "you signed up to work at a French bank.." It's the defensive excuse I get anytime some on-boarding or credit person tells me When I can't trade with someone, or can't trade with someone until they are approved in at least 2 months! It gets old fast.

    Not a problem for someone who is junior like me, but they screw you on your bonus. It is often times an arbitrary #

    Advice to Management

    This is case dependent every desk is different. If anything cut the fat. Too many managers not making money being paid big salaries. Earn some respect from the young guys it will go a long way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Société Générale (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, working conditions.

    Cons

    the usual, the occassional bad boss.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Equity Market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Securities Lending Associate/Stock Loan Buy-In Representative in North Bellmore, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Securities Lending Associate/Stock Loan Buy-In Representative in North Bellmore, NY

    I worked at Société Générale (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great pay. and promise to grow with in the firm

    Cons

    Firm terminates good employees every quarter. There is a communication culture gap between the French and the Americas. Which creates stress and weakens a strong profitable team like atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees on how to get along together. Build and create a friendlier work place. Be open to change that can reduce redundant work and make it a profit which would reduce risk


  8. "It was fine"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good ppl to work with. Decent mobility and access to senior management

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "SG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Société Générale (More than a year)

    Pros

    They provide very good benefits

    Cons

    No support from management, no transparency or guidance

    Advice to Management

    Employees leave managers not companies


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tough to work for the French"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart technical people with lots of potential

    Cons

    Giant Bureaucracy and blatant French favoratism.

    Advice to Management

    Allow greater autonomy.


  11. "Senior mailroom clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clewrk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clewrk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Societe Generale is that it is a good company and they care about their employees .

    Cons

    The cons are that it can be very hard to understand what they are talking about since the company is based in Paris France.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is that you should listen to employees since they are the life and blood of the company.



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