2019 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Working with and learning from intelligent, talented, hardworking, supportive colleagues in a culture of excellence”
“Challenging, interesting work and many growth and advancement opportunities ”
“Prestige—the brand name and reputation”
“Long hours—work/life balance can be a struggle”
“High stress, very demanding”
“Politics and bureaucracy”
“Best in the business—still the best name to have on your resume”
“Industry leader, top technology practice, best in M&A, a relevant name at every bake-off”
“Respectable but overhyped”
“No denying that it’s the gold standard”
About Goldman Sachs & Co.
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 major financial centers around the world.
Goldman is also widely considered to be the top dealmaker on Wall Street. Underscoring its prowess in the deal markets, for the year 2017, the firm ranked No. 1 in the U.S., EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and worldwide in announced M&A deal volume. For the same period, it also ranked No. 2 in global common stock offerings, No. 1 in U.S. common stock offerings, and No. 3 in U.S. IPO underwriting.
In addition to its leading position when it comes to dealmaking, Goldman Sachs is also the leading innovator on Wall Street when it comes to workplace policies. Goldman was the first big bank to enact a protected-weekend-day policy for junior bankers and a no-working-past-midnight policy for interns, revamp its promotion policy (fast-tracking junior bankers), modernize its performance review system, and widely use video interviews to recruit entry-level bankers.
Indeed, the venerable firm has many “firsts” to its credit. Founded in 1869, 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. Today, Goldman Sachs is led by Lloyd Blankfein, its chairman and CEO, and employs 36,000 people worldwide. On October 1, 2018, David Solomon, Goldman’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Blankfein as CEO.
200 West Street
New York, NY 10282
Phone: (212) 902-0300
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: GS
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: David M. Solomon
2018 Employees (All Locations): 36,000
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Jersey City, NJ
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT