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Goldman Sachs Executive Director Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2019

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Goldman Sachs CEO David M. Solomon (no image)
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5 Ratings
  1. "Executive Director Sales & Trading"

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    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

    Goldman Sachs2019-11-05
  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 (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
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Helpful (1)

    "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
  9. "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
  10. "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
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