Goldman Sachs to promote junior bankers faster in bid to keep talent

Thu Nov 5, 2015 9:12pm EST
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By Olivia Oran

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote) unveiled a series of changes designed to retain junior bankers, including promoting them more quickly and encouraging mobility within the firm.

The changes come as Goldman and other banks have taken steps over the last several years to prevent defections by junior employees, known as analysts and associates, given increased hiring competition from technology companies, hedge funds and private equity firms who may offer higher pay and better hours.

After completing two years as an analyst, bankers will for the first time be guaranteed a rotation to a different area or geography within the business over the next 12 months, according to an internal memo from investment banking division co-heads Richard Gnodde, David Solomon and John Waldron.

A Goldman Sachs spokesman confirmed the contents of the memo.

Promotion to associate will occur after an analyst's second year, rather than the third year when it now takes place, the memo said. Promotion decisions will also be communicated to analysts earlier in their first year.

Goldman is also building out its internal technology and resources to help reduce rote time-consuming tasks for junior bankers.

Goldman and other banks maintain that Wall Street still remains an attractive career option for recent college graduates despite increasingly lucrative options in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

"Despite the ebbs and flows, ups and downs, there are still a lot of people who are interested in working at Goldman Sachs," Solomon said in a press briefing on Thursday. "But in the competitive world that we live in, it's important that we don't take that for granted for one minute and that we're constantly in a position to make sure we're doing all the things we need to do to be as competitive as we can be."   Continued...

A Goldman Sachs sign is seen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York January 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson