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Updated February 9, 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. "Reasonably good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    With the right manager, you'll be well supported and have good promotion prospects
    Tonnes of training available - you just have to ask

    Cons

    The right manager is sometimes hard to come by
    There's an over-reliance on off-shoring processes to India
    Regardless of whether you do the work or not, there's a lot of clock watching

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the level of off shoring of critical process. Yes, you're saving money by putting ops/IT teams in Chennai/Bangalore, but quality of work suffers.


  2. "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours - good work life balance, not staying over hours if business does not require it

    Cons

    Pay - lower pay that other investments banks, higher gap in the upper brackets

    Advice to Management

    More investment on your juniors


  3. "Head Trading"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Quanty, Serious, Diligent, Ambitious, good products

    Cons

    Still too French, pays below market

    Advice to Management

    Be more balanced


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  5. "SG London"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Office location, worklife balance, team spirit

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities, conflicts of culture between the french staff and the others

    Advice to Management

    increase the % of non french staff in particular in the management


  6. "Trader fixed income"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people from a professional and personal point of vie
    Good friendly atmosphere
    Good place to start a career
    Good internal mobility

    Cons

    Compensation
    Internal beureaucracy
    Senior management does not give an impression


  7. "Avoid Working Here at all costs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very nice people with great tenacity work here.

    Cons

    Horrible, horrible pay.
    Lack of career progression.
    Massive bureaucracy, many many silos for each function, endless meetings about meetings.
    Too many things get decided in Paris by people just plugging in random numbers into a spreadsheet with little reflection of reality.
    Management constantly lies, makes false promises.


  8. "Socgen London"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and working hours

    Cons

    Slow progression and below-average total comp


  9. "Analyst at this joke bank"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good office location
    work life balance
    some nice colleagues

    Cons

    far too French
    Low pay compared to all other banks
    Useless management
    treat staff really poorly

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourself with competent management


  10. "Equity Derivatives Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Société Générale full-time

    Pros

    Graduate position: A lot of learning on the job

    Cons

    Floor mostly speak in French

    Advice to Management

    Have a training place for new grads


  11. "Export Finance Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Société Générale as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, good hours, interesting work, inclusive atmosphere, good exposure to senior managers, good training

    Cons

    Social side of work not great for interns, slow pace of work - generally a very good experience though

    Advice to Management

    It was a very nice place to work - friendly people willing to take time to explain things and offer advice.



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