Stephanie Associate, Equity Compensation Human Capital Management division, New York

The culture here stresses the importance of teamwork, integrity, and exceptional client service. It’s an environment that provides opportunities for those who embrace challenging work, which aligns with my personal values and aspirations. That is why I am where I am - enjoying what I do!

Background

I graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management.

The Interview Process

Ensure you have all the right information—it is important to understand how your role and function fits within the organization and the overall industry. Speak with people in positions you are interested in, learn from trade publications and have a basic understanding of the markets. At Goldman Sachs, if you walk through the door with these things in hand, the firm can build upon that knowledge base to give you the means necessary to develop into a successful industry professional.

Getting Started at Goldman Sachs

During my junior year of college, I came across a Human Capital Management (HCM) summer analyst opportunity while browsing the campus recruiting website. My internship lasted ten weeks and placed me in a role similar to the one I am in now.

My team did a great job exposing me to different projects and by the end of the summer my breadth of compensation knowledge had increased tenfold. I never would have been able to learn the things I did that summer in a classroom. Needless to say I had a very positive experience and was thrilled to receive a full-time offer the following spring.

Working in Human Capital Management

I work in Human Capital Management on the Global Compensation team. We partner with senior management to implement a compensation philosophy that will attract and retain the best talent available, ensuring that the firm remains competitive in the marketplace. Compensation is a dynamic field that provides challenging projects and allows me to expand my knowledge.

My specific responsibilities revolve around supporting our operational processes. I am currently working on a project which partners with our Technology support team. Over the past few months, my day-to-day activities have included meetings with Technology to design a new system, identify enhancements and create test plans to ensure that it is functioning properly. I also create presentations, prepare communications and gather feedback from the user groups affected by this new application. I find it interesting to be involved in a project like this as it gives context to how our compensation philosophies translate to tangible processes and ultimately affect the firm’s bottom line.

In my short time with Goldman Sachs, I have met so many interesting people and my personal learning curve has been steep. Being a part of HCM and the Global Compensation group really fits my personal goals and skill set; one minute I am knee deep in analytics and the next I am presenting to a group of twenty people. I cannot imagine working in another industry or for another firm – starting my career with Goldman Sachs is the best professional choice I’ve ever made.

Teamwork

I could not succeed in my role without collaboration from our divisional HCM partners and support from our Technology team. Together we guarantee the accurate and efficient collection, review and distribution of compensation decisions. However, as with all processes there are degrees of autonomy that allow for professional growth. I am fortunate to have these opportunities to think creatively and develop my individual abilities.

Opportunity

The culture here stresses the importance of teamwork, integrity, and exceptional client service. It’s an environment that provides opportunities for those who embrace challenging work, which aligns with my personal values and aspirations. That is why I am where I am - enjoying what I do!

On multiple occasions I have been given the chance to present information to senior leaders in my division. I appreciate that my team has confidence in my abilities to understand the concepts and effectively communicate our viewpoints. It is rewarding to have that underlying support and feeling of value, even though I work at a junior level within the organization.

The firm is highly invested in supporting career development opportunities within an employee’s function as well as through projects and assignments outside of one’s daily activities. I have been given the opportunity to lead a cross-functional project team which heightens my exposure to senior management.

 

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