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While looking through my internship materials. I happen to have come across this.... Sure helped me when I interned there. (If this has been posted before, I apologize, I only recall seeing the 101 tips one posted.)

I find it helpful for students like myself to learn how to act accordingly in a professional environment.

Do's and Don'ts: Professionalism at Goldman Sachs

Do:
* Always behave in a professional manner
* Check email and voicemail regularly
* Adopt appropriate communication channels
* Be aware of your surroundings even outside of the office
* Follow the firm's dress code
* Respect support staff as much as you respect senior management
* Get to know your peers
* Make yourself visible
* Always use your best judgment
* Be conscious of your colleagues' personal time when setting up early and late meetings
* Ask questions to learn and check your assumptions
* Realize that you can only make one first impression
* Follow through with any commitments:
(i.e. if you say you are going to do something for someone, be sure to get it done)
* Demonstrate teamwork
* Find ways to add value
* Share information with your colleagues: e.g. invite others to appropriate dinners and breakfasts
and in return, you can expect that they will do the same)
* Get a junior person to give you advice on any "unwritten rules" or tips
* Make eye contact
* Understand that everyone will make a mistake at some point
* Take advantage of networking events
* Help those around you do a better job
* Listen when people are talking - process it, don't just hear it
* Be on time
* Be confident, discreet and alert
* Be approachable
* Have fun

Don't:
* Take on more than you can handle; offer to help but be honest about your availability
* Be shy, pushy or arrogant
* Take yourself too seriously
* Make the same mistake twice
* Let a bad day get you down
* Take constructive feedback personally
* Pretend to know something you don't
* Be late (to work, meetings, lunches etc.)
* Be afraid to ask for feedback on how you are doing
* Discuss anything business related in the elevators or outside of work
* Come to work when you are sick
* Be unprepared
* Speak poorly of others
* Think you are too busy to be somewhere (class, seminar, lunch, etc.)

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Comments (8)

  • Status_Quo's picture

    Very nice

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  • PossumBelly's picture

    Summary: do...use common sense

  • Stringer Bell's picture

    For as great of a firm GS is, I think overall they are completely full of shit. "Take yourself to seriously," that's whack, if there's any firm on the street that takes themselves too seriously it's GS. Someone posted on Dealbreaker a while back that you have to be blindly bulled up on GS to work there somewhat in the vein of Alexi Vayner; obviously that's a sweeping generalization due to the size of GS, but I definitely get the point. I've heard about their "how to be a professional" or whatever indoctrination during training, even telling how to cut your hair. So there's a GS haircut style, seriously, fuck that noise. And yes I've been dinged 2x by GS just to clear the air.

  • Frieds's picture

    Stringer, SB for you... Well said and on point on the matter.

    I'm going to echo that sentiment with a comment made to me by a former managing partner at GS. He told me that if you have a personality and a life, don't give into the brainwashing at any firm. Doesn't matter where you are, you will get some indoctrination (Ed. Note: Yes, even I will tout the party line when I discuss where I work) but some firms are just much worse than others. If you fall prey to that and believe in the Stepford Wives culture, then you're SOL when it comes to making informed decisions. The whole culture of a firm is part of what makes it unique and if everyone believes it all to the point where it has become a cult, then do you really want to be a part of it.

    Now that I think about it, he also tried to convince me to not apply at Goldman even though he said he would pull strings to get me in if I really wanted to work for Goldman, but that's a whole different story. That said, I also don't work for Goldman.

  • treynorblack9999's picture

    I agree, this entire post screams "Use your brain and common sense" - but it is quite easy to find interns who are clueless about business etiquette. Reason why i posted this.

    Firm brainwashing is a necessary evil. If I can say anything about it. Know what they're preaching, choose some that you want to believe, then stay sane and work hard. In the end, if you like your firm, you will find something about the firm that you want to self-identify with.

    A piece of advice given to me by a partner at GS while I interned there. I asked him how he was able to ascend the ladder to partner so quickly and always make good decisions. "Treat the firm as if it was your own." was his words. Another brainwash? maybe. It sure helped him.

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