Goldman Sachs Executive Director Reviews

Updated 8 Sep 2020

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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO David M. Solomon (no image)
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9 Ratings
  1. "Company full of smart people"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good structure, strong culture, provide learning, take care of enthusiastic people

    Cons

    Salary is no longer as competitive as it used to be

  2. "The Wealth Management firm for compensation"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Very strong compensation alignment and visibility

    Cons

    a very flat management structure - you need to be a self-starter


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Basically you are a work horse and they care little about your welfare"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director, Technology in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Package. Networks. The badge. Location. Exit strategy

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist. Your team is your enemy.

  4. "Entrepreneurial, but be prepared for politics"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director 

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Talented people and entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    Politics has increased in the past few years

  5. "Goldman"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great access to some of the best talent in finance

    Cons

    Not much, firm can challenge you a lot

  6. "Executive Director Sales & Trading"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    _ Smart people _ Decent hours _ Amazing brand

    Cons

    _ Cut Throat Culture _ Declining industry

  7. Helpful (1)

    "High Functioning"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "ed"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  9. Helpful (7)

    "Home of Mediocrity"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    "Not what it used to be!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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