Goldman Sachs Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated 1 Jan 2021

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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO David M. Solomon
David M. Solomon
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  1. "Engineering Summer Analyst"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazingly smart people that are willing to nurture and invest in young talent

    Cons

    Intense and fast paced work atmosphere, constant struggle to gain visibility

  2. "GOOD"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    You will be working with smart people

    Cons

    Working hours can be long


  3. "Pay is Good."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Vice President 

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Pay. Smart people. Good benefits. Prestige

    Cons

    Very long work hours. Cut throat competition

  4. "Culture fit is important"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with Able to work across organizations and no questions are out of bound Fair remuneration

    Cons

    Heavily depends on individual to make it, managerial support is minimal Cost conscious environment Limited resourcing Management looks for a particular culture fit, difficult if you don't fit into the mold Slower in tech adoption Consensus model means that decisions take very long to be made, people are not keen on making decisions on their on

  5. "GS"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging. Fast paced. Smart people.

    Cons

    Political. Top down directives with strategy. Everyone out for themselves.

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  6. "Great place to start off as fresh graduate / Great place to work if career is your top priority in life"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Smart people , diverse culture , professional environment. Most VPs (Gen X) are really top notch and deserve to learn from and look up to. Generous meal and gym allowances . Change is the only constant in Goldman. Great place to work if you like curve balls being thrown at you daily. Boot camp for GEN Y strawberries to mature into professionals (if you can survive for at least 3 years)

    Cons

    High turnover in some dumping ground departments [Especially in Operations] 1. You self resigned due to inability to cope. 2. You are laid off due to your incapability to perform to high expectations. Lots of Japanese as they are known for their work grinding habits but micromanagement and inflexibility are also causes for concern. Good luck if you have one that manages you. Roles in SGP office are mostly back end [ Operations & Finance ] and the more value adding MO to FO roles are predominantly based in HK and Tokyo offices. Folks tend to focus too much on changing for the sake of changing to justify their values and visibility till the change management create tons of downstream problems for others to pick up.

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  7. "Investment Analyst"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and team. Good pay.

    Cons

    Long hours but nature of job

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  8. "Good firm to work for"

    4.0
     

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Worked with some really smart people

    Cons

    Can be cut throat at times

  9. "Excellent Firm to upskill"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time

    Pros

    A lot of investment in training, strong commercial focus, results driven business. You will be surrounded by a lot of smart people. The business rewards on performance. Do well and you will be paid.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work in the bank, there will be different levels of intensity and output, so be prepared to work hard as a minimum. Dealing with some of the politics will waste your time, but this comes with the territory.

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  10. "Efficient Organization"

    4.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goldman Sachs

    Pros

    Efficient. Very smart people and great systems.

    Cons

    Little career progression and long working hours.

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