A backdoor into Goldman Sachs tech jobs
Goldman Sachs wants to hire technologists. As CEO Lloyd Blankfein reiterated in February, Goldman employs 9,000 "engineers" (ie. technology staff) and 37% of all the analysts it hired out of universities last year had STEM backgrounds. So how do you get a tech job at GS?
The standard application process for Goldman tech analysts is to complete a challenge on Hackerrank and then progress to an interview on Hirevue. If it likes you, Goldman might then invite you to meet an actual person.
If you want to impress Goldman technologists, however, there might be another way. You could always cut straight to the chase and impress the firm by contributing to its page on Github.
Known as Eclipse Collections (or GS Collections), Goldman started the open source project in 2012. It's purpose (as explained here and in the diagram below) is to create an extended collections framework for Java along with data structures not typically found in the Java Development Kit.
Eclipse Collections is a global effort. The technical lead on the project is Craig Motlin, a vice president who joined the firm in 2005. Nikhil Nanivadekar, a Salt Lake City-based tech VP focused on Java applications is the Collections' leading contributor and Hiroshi ITO, a senior engineer at Goldman in Tokyo is the project lead. If you can contribute something valuable, Goldman's engineers globally may take note. The contribution guidelines are here.
Of course, this isn't to say that time spent impressing GS on Github will definitely lead to a job offer. Since being set up five years ago, Eclipse Collections seems to have gone a little quiet. Donald Raab, the Goldman managing director who led the project quietly joined BNY Mellon in February and although there's still some activity on the project with plenty going on in March, much of last year was pretty quiet. Even so, programmers seem to to think the project's worth their while - and not all of them work for GS. One of the biggest contributors is Evgeny Mandrikov, a Russian programmer based in France who describes himself as a "software gardener."
The purpose of Eclipse Collections, Goldman's open source project:
Source: Goldman Sachs