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Goldman Sachs Executive Director Reviews

Updated Sep 26, 2019

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  1. "High Functioning"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Executive driven, stretches your comfort zone everyday

    Cons

    Slow burn reward system, can be demotivating

    Goldman Sachs2019-09-13
  2. "ed"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director 

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, work life balance, opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing big that bothers one heavily

    Goldman Sachs2019-09-26
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director, Technology in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The positive side of working in GS is learning how to work in team oriented company culture, with strong emphasis on communication and cooperation.

    Cons

    The work in GS can be very intense and as such have significant impact on your life-work balance tilting this to the negative side of you not having enough time for any family related or personal related activities outside of work. The stress level can have significant effect on your health and well being.

    Goldman Sachs2019-09-02
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Home of Mediocrity"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The gym is great and there is reasonable allowance to work from home.

    Cons

    Technology is a weak point at Goldman Sachs, internal tools and processes are far behind the industry standards. Additionally, there is a conflation between job title and experience which leaves senior management making the all too common statement "I want you to make me look smart". Either your are smart or you are not, masquerading as someone that knows what they are doing is not a formula for success. All too... often Managing Directors with no technical experience are given direct leadership of a technical team. In such an environment judgement is absent and strategic decisions are based on personal relationships rather than on critical analysis. From my experience working here if you want to get ahead political manoeuvring will serve you better than hard work or technical capability.

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    Advice to Management

    Technical leadership needs technical experience.

    Goldman Sachs2019-04-06
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Great branding for your CV - Lloyd is a one-of-a-kind guy. Good luck when he's gone! - If you can deal with the bureaucracy there, you can deal with it anywhere - Big enough that you don't always have to work that hard and can get away with doing nothing most days - Average cafeteria - At-work gym

    Cons

    Where do I start? I worked in GSAM for 10 years, both in NYC and London. Good luck to the people in London, who are treated just like any regional office and not valued employees in the 'International Headquarters'. GSAM and GS, as a whole, are living on the reputation that they once had. The company has been on a downhill trajectory since the IPO. The inertia of its former glory allows it to attract the best... talent and creativity, which they inevitably suck out of individuals, leaving them shells of their former selves, with no real skills and only proprietary knowledge which is useless outside of the firm. The firm has hired too many 'lateral hires' who have killed its culture and forced those who 'grew up' at the firm out the door. GSAM is an extremely exciting money market and fixed income business where misinformed clients are name brand *cough*, willing to pay extortionate fees for lacklustre performance. GS is a bloated bureaucracy where it's impossible to get anything done. Be prepared to have your best ideas killed by committee, usually based in NY and who have no understanding or interest in the international business. While GS is a good place to launch a career, DO NOT let yourself get sucked into this place for your entire career. MOVE to a private equity firm or hedge fund. At GS, you'll, without question, stagnate and get stuck into your role/team. Unless you're in Sales or a part of the PM team, be prepared to be treated as a second-class citizen. Forget about a role in Tech or Compliance. While GS tells the public its a 'Tech company' it's anything but -- just have a look at GS 360 sometime. Wow! What a great job they did with the platform revamp there! The sales people in GSAM walk around with such swagger, you'd think they're making millions but the majority make little more than anyone else. The Sales MDs think they're gods -- good luck trying to get on their radar. However, if you love playing politics, you'll do just fine here; it should be your major focus. Little emphasis is put on skills our output; it's all about presentation (and usually of other peoples' work). In Europe there's a small chance that you'll make it from an internal to an external salesperson, but you'll probably be fired as these teams turn over quite frequently for failing to lure customers will high fees and poor performance. In the US, the transition from internal to external wholesaler is virtually impossible. Stay away from any other 'support' team in GSAM, including Communications, Investor Services, etc.

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    Advice to Management

    - Stop hiring externally; revert back to the homegrown strategy - Bring yourselves back to earth. Talk to the little people around the office - Revive at least some of the benefits that there once were - Provide more fringe benefits like there once was

    Goldman Sachs2018-09-02
  6. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diversity, learning opportunities, work ethic, professionalism

    Cons

    Work life balance, over demanding

    Goldman Sachs2018-05-25
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking London"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Highly impressive organisation withe deep commitment to delivering best in class work - Impressive senior leadership - Steep learning curve - Potential to work on exciting projects - Strong potential compensation - Not at all an arrogant culture (contrary to stereotypes) -the overriding sense is perfectionism and the desire to always do even better

    Cons

    - Very poor work life balance - Some tough / uncompromising managers - Political at higher levels - Low tolerance for errors - Some variability in the level of junior support available - lean teams

    Goldman Sachs2018-03-27
  8. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive Salary compared to peers Better opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours Less focus on work life balance

    Goldman Sachs2017-10-19
  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get to work with some very smart and motivated people. And contrary to the press, some of the best people in general.

    Cons

    Some people have been promoted above their strengths so its weighing on the firm's culture and the younger people coming up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to change tack if something isn't working.

    Goldman Sachs2017-10-10
  10. "Good Team and competent people"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good teamwork and collaborative environment Work with really nice and competent people as the Organisation does not carry people. People are respectful to one another Good work life balance

    Cons

    Limited job responsibilities and lack of ability to value add as there are too many VP Difficult career progression

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the VP structure and career progression for the people

    Goldman Sachs2017-07-15
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