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Goldman Sachs Executive Director Reviews

Updated May 6, 2019

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David M. Solomon
4 Ratings
  1. "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
  2. "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
    • 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...

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      Advice to Management

      Technical leadership needs technical experience.

      Goldman Sachs2019-04-06
    • 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
    • "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
    • "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
    • "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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      "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...

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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
    • "Executive Director experience"

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

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

      Pros

      Excellent professional development Constant opportunity to excel Smart pool of people with work with

      Cons

      Long hours Constant connect to work even after office hours

      Goldman Sachs2018-06-13
    • "Executive Director"

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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 10 years

      Pros

      Diversity, learning opportunities, work ethic, professionalism

      Cons

      Work life balance, over demanding

      Goldman Sachs2018-05-25
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