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Goldman Sachs Executive Director Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2019

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5 Ratings
  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. "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
  3. "Good firm to work for Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture Teamwork Diversity Comp

    Cons

    Work hours. Competitive pressure. Cyclicalitu

    Goldman Sachs2019-05-06
  4. "4 years at Goldman"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Sai Wan Ho
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full of incredibly smart people, the work is interesting and the organisation is well run.

    Cons

    Very political and hierarchal. Not a flat organisation.

    Goldman Sachs2019-04-16
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent workplace and career"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Singapore
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Impressive senior leadership - Improved communications/platforms - Good culture of teamwork/high performance

    Cons

    - Diversity still feels like a numbers game vs. genuine - Senior opportunities still determined behind closed doors/ never published - Singapore very small office/less important vs. over-centralised decision making in NY limiting opportunity for career growth (counterintuitive to high value location strategy)

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to tenured employees who have built loyalty with the firm - hiring diverse at analyst does not solve retention if diverse employees with >10yrs experience are leaving due to lack of opportunities & sponsorship - Global head opportunities should exist in all regions, not just NY. - consider diversity when restructuring divisions

    Goldman Sachs2019-03-19
  7. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Singapore
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat organizational structure, strong culture

    Cons

    Proprietary technology, legacy technology set

    Goldman Sachs2019-04-04
  8. "Great place to get exposure to financial markets"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Moscow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation and benefits - Lots of opportunity to travel - Intellectually demanding job, but opportunity to learn fast - Great (and very smart) colleagues

    Cons

    - Lots of politics as you advance in ranks

    Goldman Sachs2019-02-27
  9. "Used to be great"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can do attitude in the firm, front to back cooperation is good when needed

    Cons

    Management changes often and visision and structure keeps changing together. No stability, high turn over rate, salary not as good as before to attract good employees, felt like it is losing it's unique work ethic and value.

    Goldman Sachs2018-12-25
  10. 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
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