What our Engineers in EMEA Say About Working at Goldman Sachs
We don’t just make things, we make things possible. Our Engineering teams build the innovations that drive our business and financial markets worldwide while collaborating with colleagues across the globe. Below, our engineers from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region share what they love about their roles, working at Goldman Sachs and why it’s an exciting time to be an engineer in financial services.
What do you love about your job?
Catrina, Executive Director, London
“I love the sense of accomplishment when I improve an existing process. There is so much satisfaction in taking a practical problem and creating a solution, by first decomposing the problem into pieces, then developing solutions for each piece and finally, translating the solutions into code.”
Dan, Analyst, London
“My job continually presents me with new challenges. I recently finished working on a new trading platform that streamlines the booking and amendment of trades. I volunteered for the project because it was an opportunity to learn AngularJS, an open-source web application framework. Now, I have taken on a new role, where I work with clients to help with systems integration. I’m learning about the business from a new perspective and creating impact in a very different area.”
What does Goldman Sachs’ culture mean to you?
Anna, Executive Director, Warsaw
“At the firm, people simply talk to each other more. We discuss software designs, technical solutions and production issues, and I have discovered that this collaboration makes problem-solving easier. It’s my favorite part of working at the firm—the fact that you can always get help. You only need to get rid of that voice in your head saying ‘you should have probably known that’ and ask.”
Lukasz, Executive Director, Warsaw
“The firm offers many resources to its people such as career development through Goldman Sachs University and employee health support services. I find time to access the development resources available on topics such as leadership and how to communicate more effectively, and have found these quite helpful. It’s very convenient to be able to tap into these resources as I wish and when my schedule allows. Critical Health Solutions is another valuable resource for employees and family members, where employees can receive advice and assistance when any family member may need medical diagnosis or treatment.”
What advice do you have for engineers considering a career in financial services?
Anshika, Executive Director, London
“Solving problems starts with asking the right questions and involves logical reasoning and analytical thinking. Sometimes it helps to evaluate data through statistics, but it depends on the problem. Networking is very helpful. Knowing the right person within the organization who is particularly good at, say, R (a program used in statistical analysis), can really help if you need to look very deep into correlations, for example.”
Sahaj, Associate, London
“There is a misconception about engineering in financial services firms. Some recruits assume it involves either supporting legacy systems or crunching numbers in spreadsheets all day. In my experience, there is a lot of opportunity to be at the forefront of new technologies and participate across many different areas. My advice to campus recruits is to keep an open mind and to talk to as many people as they can. An open mind and outgoing disposition will allow you to discover opportunities that you may not have previously considered.”
We are currently hiring university students with computer science experience for our 2018 summer analyst class in London and Warsaw. To learn more, visit our Engineering Hub, and apply today!