Morning Coffee: The new approach to getting a job at Goldman Sachs. Formative experiences for bankers

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Looking for a job at Goldman Sachs? You'll need to be in the right place. That place is neither New York City nor the City of London. It is Bangalore.

The Financial Times reports that Goldman now employs 5,000 people in Bangalore, up from 300 in 2004. In 2019, it's opening a new Bangalore "campus" that will be able to house up to 9,000 people. The unstated implication is that Goldman Sachs is planning some very big Bangalore hiring quite soon.

To put this in context, Goldman Sachs ended last year with 400 fewer people than it began. Although current CFO Harvey Schwartz has indicated that layoffs are over, soon-to-be-CFO Marty Chavez is all for cutting costs by automating as much as possible. If Goldman Sachs adds 4,000+ people in Bangalore, therefore, it will almost certainly be looking to cut 4,000+ people from other locations.

It's not just 'back office' Goldman jobs that this applies to. Thirteen years ago Goldman's Bangalore office was just a few hundred IT staff and accountants. Nowadays the FT says the Bangalore operation contains staff covering '14 different activities — from compliance and legal services to investment banking.' There are quants too: last year the FT says Goldman in Bangalore hired 150 them. Whichever jobs can be shifted to Bangalore will be. Mild hysteria suggests no one is safe - except maybe mid-ranking client facing staff - who are apparently being based in Mumbai. The new approach to getting a job at Goldman Sachs means taking a plane to India.

Separately, if you want to run an investment bank as an adult, it helps to be part of a large family when you're a child. This was the experience of James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley. As one of 11 children, Gorman told Bloomberg he had a familial education in empathy. "It was very noisy, you learned a great deal of empathy for each other....You are in an environment where something bad is going on every day," he recalled.


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