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Goldman Sachs returned to the office on February 1, 2022 with the expectation for all employees to show up full time (five days per week). However, on the RTO day only 5,000 of the 10,000 (50%) employees that work at New York City headquarters showed up. Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon, has a negative stance toward hybrid and remote work stating multiple times that remote work is “not ideal for us” and that the work model is an “aberration.”
On August 30, 2022 it was revealed that Goldman Sachs lifted all COVID protocols (vaccines, testing, masks) as a way to remove excuses for employees not yet returning to the office.
Here is everything you need to know about Goldman Sachs’s return to office plan: the current policy, the timeline of delays, and sentiment from Goldman leadership about how work will be done in the future at the company.
Goldman Sachs’s Return To Office: Current Policy
- Return To Office Date: February 1, 2022
- Location Policy: Office-first
- Office Visit Expectations: Five days per week
- Office Space Footprint: Increasing
Goldman Sachs’s RTO Timeline
June 14, 2021: Delayed indefinitely
“We ask those who have not yet done so to make plans to be in a position to return to the office by Monday, June 14.”
“We know from experience that our culture of collaboration, innovation and apprenticeship thrives when our people come together, and we look forward to having more of our colleagues back in the office so that they can experience that once again on a regular basis.”
September 7, 2021: Delayed indefinitely
“Those who aren’t fully vaccinated by then will have to work from home.”
“The bank is also implementing a mandatory weekly testing program for vaccinated workers on Sept. 7. Goldman will also require mask-wearing in all common areas including lobbies, hallways, gyms and cafeterias.”
January 2, 2022: Delayed by two weeks
“Employees who are able to work remotely should do so until Jan. 18 in response to rising infection rates, the investment bank said in an email to employee.”
January 18, 2022: Delayed by two weeks
“Goldman Sachs, one of the most aggressive Wall Street firms committed to in-person work, pushed back bringing U.S. staff back into the office for the second time in less than two weeks to February 1, it said Thursday.
February 1, 2022: Goldman’s real return-to-office date
“At the bank’s headquarters at 200 West Street — where thousands of employees were called back to the office Feb. 1 — management is making concessions to some employees who say they are still ‘Covid conscious, people familiar with the matter say.”
October 18, 2022: In-office attendance is at 65%
As of October 2022, Goldman Sachs has gotten about 65% of staff back to the office five days a week, David Solomon, the CEO of the bank, told CNBC.
Sentiment From Goldman Sachs Employees
- “On the day the investment banking giant reopened its U.S. offices in February, after shutting down during the Omicron wave, just 50%, or about 5,000 of the building’s 10,000 workers, returned to its New York headquarters, despite receiving more than two weeks’ notice” (source).
- “Junior Goldman Sachs bankers recently complained about CEO David Solomon’s return-to-office mandate in an online message board. Some bankers took to anonymous online message board Blind to express their discontent about being asked to go back into the office five days a week” (source).
Sentiment From Goldman Sachs Leadership
Stance on hybrid work
- “Fighting a strong trend toward hybrid work, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has repeatedly insisted that employees return to the office full-time, leaving no doubt that he views remote work as a temporary aberration” (source).
Stance on remote work
- CEO David Solomon has said… Remote work “is not ideal for us, and it’s not a new normal,” he famously told a finance industry conference in February 2021. “It’s an aberration that we’re going to correct as quickly as possible” (source).
- “Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon has been clear that he thinks working from home is an aberration. But the bank he runs has quietly allowed people to continue to telecommute, On the Money has learned” (source).
Stance on office space
- “We know from experience that our culture of collaboration, innovation and apprenticeship thrives when our people come together,” bank executives wrote (source).
- “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to anchor a new office tower in Dallas that would hold thousands of employees, part of the bank’s expansion beyond its Manhattan base” (source).
- “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is nearing a deal to lease offices in West Palm Beach as it shifts some of its asset-management unit to South Florida, according to people familiar with the matter” (source).
- In a memo sent Tuesday obtained by The NY Post, “Goldman Sachs told workers it will no longer require vaccines, COVID testing or masks” to get everyone back into the office full-time
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