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Maximizing the Potential of Our People

We help our people achieve their full potential by supporting a culture of continuous development and building an innovative, diverse and inclusive work environment. 

The firm’s learning programs range from skills-based offerings and high-potential leadership programs to roundtable discussions and talks hosted by senior leaders. Through Goldman Sachs University (GSU), new hires receive resources to accelerate their integration including access to digital learning even before the first day and orientation programs with an emphasis on culture and networking.  Junior employees have access to classes that focus on building foundational professional and technical skills. Additionally, we offer an expansive library of self-directed digital offerings, ranging from eLearnings on communicating with impact to a podcast series on understanding our businesses. At each career milestone, our people prepare for the next step through tailored training programs with an emphasis on leadership and firm culture.

Nearly all employees participate in at least one classroom-based or digital offering each year, with analysts consuming more than 300,000 hours of training in 2016. For our more senior employees, including vice presidents and managing directors, we provide guidance and training on how to manage people and projects effectively, exhibit strong leadership and exemplify the firm’s culture. Our nomination-based leadership development programs provide vice presidents and managing directors with skills training, individual coaching and networking opportunities to help them to continue to grow in their careers. In addition, we offer our most senior leaders executive coaching, leadership acceleration initiatives and other training through Pine Street, our internal leadership academy.

We take a person-by-person approach to talent development and foster an environment that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential of all of our people. Our annual and ongoing feedback offerings ensure our people and their managers have the information they need to excel in their careers, while our pipeline development programs such as the Black Analyst Initiative support our commitment to having the best talent at all levels. Through our biennial engagement survey, our people have the opportunity to share their views on the firm’s culture and shape the future of our work environment.