Former Analyst, Goldman Sachs Asset Management Margin at Goldman Sachs
almost 2 years ago
To succeed at Goldman, you must demonstrate leadership qualities, a high level of energy, and a drive to change the status quo in a positive manner. You must also focus on developing strong relationships with your colleagues, managers, and mentors. A reliable network is crucial to doing well in this firm and assimilating to the culture.
The most important skill in any workplace environment is to be an effective communicator. It is important to be aware and respectful of different perspectives. It is also important that you are level-headed and conscious of your words and how they might be interpreted from multiple modes of communication (i.e. email, phone, in-person). Being able to communicate effectively with your peers and managers will help promote better work environments and successful teamwork.
Curiosity, persistence, and an excellent work ethic are three skills that would benefit him greatly. Curiosity helps me to think outside the box and tackle problems that others may avoid. Persistence keeps me going when I fail - I’d say I learn more when I’m wrong than when I am right. Last, work ethic is critical in any job. There are a lot of people that quit after doing the bare minimum.
I will try to answer this regardless of my limited experience working there. From what I have gathered, succeeding at a firm like Goldman Sachs can really come down to your relationships with people. However good you are at your actual job, failing to fit in and connect with your teammates can make it hard to thrive. People hire, people retain, people promote, people assign roles, people assign jobs, people evaluate you... it just goes on. Succeeding anywhere hinges strongly on how you connect with others and how much of a team player you are. This is not to take away from your actual technical or business ability. So I advise that you work on your relationships as much as you work on your projects. Luckily, the culture at Goldman Sachs fosters growing your network easily. Trust me when I say you can have 30 minute coffee chats with just about anyone in the firm, any day -- well maybe not with Lloyd!
Two things - Networking for all you are worth and bringing your A game to work every single day. You are surrounded by the brightest people around you and they are just as accomplished if not more than you are. So it is essential that you are always putting in 100% every day and even more when you can. It is not very forgiving beyond maybe the first 2 times to make errors to slack. Networking(creating good relationships) is important right from the first day that you are there. Who you connect with and what they think of you is crucial especially as you move up, because it opens a lot of doors for you to move within the organization.