Goldman Sachs & Co. at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Strength and caliber of colleagues; working with very talented, driven people”
  • “We work on the most innovative and exciting transactions in the industry”
  • “Outstanding culture, which rewards teamwork and collaboration”

Downers

  • “Work hours are demanding—24/7 commitment”
  • “Type-A culture can mean overly-competitive colleagues”
  • “Pay has been subpar in recent years”

The Buzz

  • “Still the best”
  • “Ongoing conflicts of interest and bad press seriously damaged its reputation”
  • “Platinum-rated in financial services”
  • “Lost some appeal and status by focusing on bottom line and not enough on customers and employees”

About Goldman Sachs & Co.

First among many

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 high-net-worth 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 other major financial centers around the world. Founded in 1869, the venerable firm has many "firsts" to its credit. Goldman played a major role in establishing the IPO markets in the early 1900s and, five decades later, was the first firm to focus on the institutional sales market. Goldman was also the first investment bank to create a dedicated M&A group, negotiate a trade on the New York Stock Exchange, and use emerging computer technology to distribute its research reports electronically. More recently, the bank has been known for some allegedly dubious dealings, and has received scores of less than stellar press, including one of its employees publicly announcing his resignation in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. Even so, Goldman is still the top dealmaker on Wall Street. The firm ranked No. 1 in worldwide announced M&A deal volume for 2011, and worked on five of the 10 largest deals during the year. The firm is currently led by Lloyd Blankfein, its chairman and CEO, and employs 32,400 people worldwide.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

200 West Street
New York, NY 10282
Phone: (212) 902-0300
Fax: (212) 902-3000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: GS
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: Lloyd C. Blankfein
  • 2012 Employees: 32,400

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
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