You will have full ownership over your work. You will have supporting members on your desk, however generally your project is indeed your project. Most likely, your manager will give you a general round down of what he or she wants. It’s really important for you to get a sense of who your manager is and what type of work is expected. It’s also an amazing opportunity to really surprise your VP or MD by going above and beyond. An example is being given a one liner of what the manager wants and you being able to not only achieve that, but also be able to go beyond what is expected and predict all the applications of the project.
Former Investment Management Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs
over 2 years ago
You are not babied at all so they expect you to be able to do your work on your own. However the team will always support you. If you see an inefficiency in your team and you want to take the initiative the fix it, that will be celebrated. But at the end of the day the work that you do is mandated by the PWA and the client so you will be responding to orders from higher ups.
It really depends. But normally, people have multiple projects at the same time. Some of them take couple days and you are in charge of it by yourselves. Some of them require much longer time (weeks or months) and corporation between different desks in the firm and even people from other offices. However, you can always talk to your manager about what kind of projects you would like to do and they will try their best to accommodate your needs. Trust me, Goldman wants to see you work on things you are excited about and want you to succeed.