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Goldman Sachs Reviews

Updated 20 February 2018
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Pros
  • Smart people around; high efficiency; senior management support (in 468 reviews)

  • You have the opportunity to learn a lot on the job (in 107 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough to manage (in 802 reviews)

  • Starting off as an analyst you will work long hours (in 964 reviews)

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  1. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and people

    Cons

    Long work hours and not always easy to manage work life balance


  2. "View from within"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global company with good benefits

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for progression with certain job titles


  3. "Equity Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Fantastic brand
    - High quality colleagues
    - Unrivalled training
    - Performance-driven

    Cons

    - Tough work/life balance
    - Divisional management doesn't always reflect group/region

    Advice to Management

    - Divisional management doesn't always reflect group/region


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  5. "Regulatory Controller"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Reporting Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Regulatory Reporting Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High-performance, fast-paced, intellectually stimulating environment

    Cons

    Difficulty in maintaining a good work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in talent retention


  6. "Depreciating asset"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in London, England
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard, you get great opportunities and rewards.

    Cons

    Long hours and capitalism. Not the best rewarding scheme and not always in line with performance reviews. Disparity in salary levels as discretion is based on management and can be biased.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favouritism and start treating all employees equally and fairly. Everybody has different characteristic traits and embrace that instead of trying to make everyone the same. Improve talent hiring to the way it was in the good old days. People are persons and not numbers.


  7. "Associate, Investment Banking, Equity Capital Markets"

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    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate, Investment Banking in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Highly skilled environment and co-workers
    - Exposure to senior decision makers both internally and with clients
    - Transparent organization and communication

    Cons

    - Work-life balance can be tough to manage. This is also highly dependent on your immediate manager
    - Sometimes too much competitiveness between employees

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting a better work-life balance for employees. Although this will be a challenging task in an industry like investment banking, it will be paramount for younger employees.


  8. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs part-time

    Pros

    salary which is quite large

    Cons

    hard and long tiresome hours

    Advice to Management

    Very good


  9. "Challenging work gruesome culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work, intellectually stimulating, various opportunities to learn new things and take up challenging projects

    Cons

    Extremely low respect for co-workers, very long and unpredictable hours without any appreciation for the work done, very discouraging to explore other pursuits outside of work or any hobbies


  10. "Working at GS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    If you demonstrate ability you quickly accumulate responsibilities and business facing challenges.

    Cons

    Demanding work and lots of it. Reluctance to embrace cutting edge technlogies

    Advice to Management

    I think the right changes are being made with the new CIO


  11. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people both on the business and on the tech side. Good benefits. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Long hours, although flexible. Base salary lower than competition but if you work well it gets compensated with a reasonable bonus.


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