Collaboration: Core to How We Work

Diversity of ideas, virtual collaboration, communicating across divisions and regions — our people talk about what teamwork means to them.

“In a firm of 30,000 people I am always amazed at how willing my colleagues are to help even if they are on the other side of the world and we have never even met. I can be calling a colleague in London, Hong Kong or Mumbai, and when they answer the phone and I say it’s Chris calling from New York, the response is as if we were old friends.”
– Christopher, Associate, Investment Management Division

“On any given day, I am working on many different projects across divisions and regions and rely on the collaboration of my peers. Each person comes from a unique background and approaches a situation from a different perspective. As we work towards a common goal, it is this diversity of ideas which brings us to the best solution.”
– William, Associate, Internal Audit

“Working with the various research analysts, strategists, and economists is key in what we do as salespeople, as we need to be able to target the right ideas and views to the right clients. At the end of the day, this is a people business, and if you want to do well, you need to know how to work well with your clients externally but also your peers internally.”
– Brietta, Associate, Equities

“You often end up looping in various subject matter experts so you have a number of people looking at the same issue from different perspectives. This is particularly true when there are system outages, either internal to GS, or external, for example at exchanges. These problems affect large proportions of the order flow, and we get ‘virtual teams’ together on conference calls to restore service as quickly as possible.”
– Michelle, VP/Executive Director, Technology

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