Goldman Employees Making Bank, But Are They Smiling?

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Goldman Sachs killed it in the second quarter, more than doubling its net income compared to the same period a year ago. Employees are enjoying the riches – with total compensation spending up 27% year-over-year – but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone is jumping for joy. Goldman Sachs actually set aside a smaller portion of the pie during the first half of this year.

The average employee took home $253,691 during the first half of the year, up from $225,789 during the same period a year ago. But you can attribute that increase to a rise in revenue and net income during the first half of 2013.

Compensation was up 10% during the first six months. Revenue, meanwhile, increased 13%. Goldman, which employs 600 fewer people than it did a year ago, is doing more with less. Sure, pay is rising, but the all-important ratio of compensation to revenue dropped a full percentage point during the first half of 2013. So it really depends if you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty type of person.

Either way, candidates are flocking to Goldman at a greater pace, clearly recognizing the firm’s resurgence. Harvey Schwartz, Goldman’s CFO, said the firm is experiencing some “recruiting tailwinds,” and that employees are “always in high demand and our competitors are always looking to take them over to their firms.”

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If you are having trouble getting hired, this could be the problem.

  1. You ask for special favors during the interview process.
  2. Your references are less than enthusiastic.
  3. Your online profile is sketchy.

(Source: AOL Jobs)

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