Goldman Sachs is widely known as the most prestigious investment bank on Wall Street. The bank’s interns receive phenomenal training, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to rotate across many groups and desks. Junior staff receive extensive training and mentoring opportunities—senior professionals are always willing to help juniors grow.
Note: The firm did not participate in our 2022 Banking Survey; all employee reviews are from our surveys in previous years.
Goldman Sachs is looking for team players that fit well into its culture. The ideal candidates are intelligent, hardworking, curious, and organized, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. For students, Goldman Sachs runs a valuable internship program, providing interns with phenomenal training, hands-on experience, the opportunity to rotate across many groups and desks, and exposure to a range of people, including senior professionals.
For its junior professionals, Goldman Sachs offers excellent training and development opportunities. There’s a focus ...
About the Company
Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals. Widely considered the most prestigious name in investment banking, Goldman is headquartered in New York, and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many other cities around the world.
Goldman is also widely considered to be the top dealmaker on Wall Street. The firm regularly ranks at the top of the investment banking league tables for worldwide M&A deal volume, U.S. M&A volume, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) M&A volume, U.S. equity and equity-related offerings, and U.S. IPO volume.
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- “I’ve worked in several areas during my tenure and all have had strong teams with people I’ve enjoyed working with and learning from. You tend to work long hours and are on-call even outside the office, the work is rewarding. All in all, people enjoy working here because of the quality of employees and team culture.”
- “Bosses are understanding bosses when it comes to mental and physical health and personal engagements with family and friends. Everyone is incredibly smart and driven and willing to help others out at all times. True and genuine culture of inclusion, with a good work/life balance.”
- “There are active efforts to promote work/life balance. There is no shaming in taking vacation days. The firm, however, runs very lean, so there’s very little downtime at work and always a sense of urgency to finish and move on to the next pressing task.”
- “They prompt us to take time off and limit our hours, but the workload and level of client service we provide don’t allow for this. The firm has tried multiple times to solve this using technology or restructuring departments, but it's really a manpower issue. The people I work with truly want me to have my vacation days to myself—they make a great effort not to bother me while on vacation.”
Getting Hired Here
- “Interview process is rigorous. There are multiple interviews. It’s not uncommon to see a dozen people before an offer is extended. Ideal candidate is a team player that fits well into our culture. This is over and above demonstrating intelligence, wit, the willingness to work hard, and the consistent striving for perfection in everything the candidate does.”
- “First round is online, followed by a Superday on site at the main headquarters. There, you go through three 20-minute interviews that try to assess different aspects of your candidacy. Callbacks are generally the next day. The firm is looking for candidates who know where they fit within the context of the firm and are very focused—they know why they want to work in a certain group, why they want to work at Goldman Sachs, how their strengths demonstrate this, etc.”
- “We screen resumes and have the candidate speak with as many people in the office as possible in order to receive a variety of opinions. For interns, we have a round of video interviews as well. The candidate generally receives a verbal decision fairly soon after in-person interviews, but the final paperwork and background check take much longer to complete. Ideal candidate is hardworking, curious, organized, intelligent, and can express ideas concisely and with impact. Strong interpersonal skills are also ideal.”
- “Goldman's process for undergraduate hires is [typically] a phone interview, a video interview, and an in-person Superday. We’re looking for someone who has done their homework on our firm and division, has a understanding of why they want this job and the specific location they are interviewing for, has a strong drive/hustle, and is willing to put in the time and effort to succeed.”