Goldman Sachs ops vs Jefferies ops

Hello I work in ops currently. I make around 6 figures and am able to average 40-50 hrs a week. I was curious if Goldman sachs would be a good move. I am looking at their change management departments Global Banking & Markets. It would pay 40- 50,000 more but I keep seeing horror stories about ops in general particularly goldman sachs, crazy hours 10-12 hour days or 60 hr weeks Right now at Jefferies its not the best but its not bad either. Also I have no desire to go into investment banking, unless it just becomes available which it has before in the past. I just don't want to give my life away regardless of the money. The only issue is I don't want to work for free or below my potential as well. Truthfully I only see myself in financial services for a short period. I am applying for a government job that requires secret clearance and has a long application process. In the meantime, I want to make some money and live comfortably.

Also I get the point that ops is where dreams go to die, I'm at peace with that.

any insight appreciated 


It is different work. It is essentially project management except interacting with how the product will effect each business units day to day work and anticipating risks, setting deadlines, removing potential obstacles etcetera. It is very different, right now I work on Syndicated loans and trade support.

Work with Product, Design, and Engineering teams to develop, implement and deliver complex and strategic cross divisional initiatives 

  • Leverage Agile methodologies and governance tools to provide transparency to senior stakeholders on project scope, timelines, budget and delivery risks 
  • Identify and manage project risks from inception to completion while proposing solutions and mitigants 
  • Perform complex analysis which will be used to enhance operational workflows
  • Facilitate communication on key project matters (incl. reporting and escalations) across GBM teams, including Sales, Operations, Engineering, Legal, Compliance and Product.
  • Provide oversight over the project book of work, ensuring cross project dependencies, risks, and budget are aligned and proactively managed 
  • Facilitate the performance of quality assurance testing, migration plans and post implementation reviews alongside Product.

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