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    "Good, but in Decline"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brand, training, smart and collaborative colleagues who are always open to helping. Senior staff are always open to having a coffee to aid in your career development. There is some mobility to different locations and teams if you're excellent, and the business requires it. Good pay, and best-in-class benefits.

    Cons

    The company is in a long decline like a corporate version of the Roman Empire - they've allowed barbarians inside the gates and it's newer policies are driving away the competent to firms who run tighter, more meritocratic ships and afford them more entrepreneurial opportunities. GS is trying to improve its image in the media so it has instituted more aggressive affirmative action policies which is great for them from a PR perspective but this has lowered entry barriers and standards, and it also degrades the firm's unique culture which is a mix of merit, collaboration, and competition. People slip through the recruitment filters if they check the right boxes so the number of mediocre/poor professionals entering has increased in recent years. The "long-term greedy" ethos is vanishing. Your career accelerates only once you leave for the buy-side using the GS brand rather than growing within the firm based on the trend over the past few years. Most people are overqualified for their jobs and do very mundane work on a daily basis. Your specialization becomes too niche if you're not careful about managing your career. HCM (the HR division) is woefully incompetent, pathetically slow and are more overstaffed than Soviet production lines.

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  1. "Great Environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects, smart coworkers, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Kinda of slow and bureaucratic

  2. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great teams, smart people and good culture

    Cons

    There may be long hours

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