Goldman Sachs Sets Aside $16.9billion for Bonuses and Salary

Discussion in 'Economics' started by Tracy McGreedy, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. Goldman Sachs Sets Aside Record $16.9 Billion for Pay (Update1)

    By Christine Harper

    Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Wall Street's most profitable securities firm, set aside $16.9 billion to pay salaries, benefits and bonuses in the first nine months of the year, topping the record amount for all of last year.

    The nine-month figure exceeds 2006's total of $16.5 billion and compares with about $14 billion for the first nine months of last year, the New York-based firm said today. The year-to-date sum equals about $565,730 per employee, up 4 percent from a year earlier.

    Goldman, which paid Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein a record $54 million last year, reported today that third-quarter profit rose 79 percent, sidestepping a global credit crunch that reduced earnings at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. While Lehman, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch & Co. have started eliminating jobs, Goldman plans to add people, Chief Financial Officer David Viniar said today.

    ``We are not pessimistic, we do not have a hiring freeze, we do not have a hiring slowdown,'' Viniar said. ``We think that the outlook for our businesses is pretty good.''

    Successful bets that mortgage securities would drop in value, higher investment-banking fees and equity-trading gains helped Goldman's revenue climb 25 percent in the first nine months of 2007, faster than the 17 percent increase in employees.

    Goldman fell $1.97 to $203.53 at 4:01 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock has gained 2.1 percent in 2007 and 22 percent in the past 12 months. The 12-member Amex Securities Broker/Dealer Index advanced 2 percent in the past year.

    Wall Street firms set aside money throughout the year to pay salaries, benefits and bonuses. The bonuses, which typically account for about 60 percent of the total, are paid after the year ends. Goldman, Morgan Stanley, Lehman and Bear Stearns complete their fiscal year at the end of November.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Harper in New York at .

    Last Updated: September 20, 2007 16:31 EDT
  2. they hire the best, so they have to pay the best, and they don't even do that. they are losing some heavy hitters to hedge funds, was a huge article in the WSJ recently about one guy in particularly. impressive firm. i made it through the first 6 interviews, but not the rest of the way for a position on the floor :(

    it wasn't a good fit and am better off anyway. wife turned down a job there. knew someone who worked there as a risk analyst. it takes a certain type of person to work there - a compan man/team player/reserved type with a strong pedigree, not the entrepreneurial independent self starter as much, which many day traders are.
  3. dhpar


    back in the days i rejected goldman's position.
    at the time i was at another big US brokerage and I never regreted my decision - people in GS only work work work - crazy.
    it is not all about money when you already have some and especially when you have a family.
  4. I believe you are talking about "Goldfinger" Mark Goldrick. He ran the GS Special Situations group and wanted 2/20 for his group. He left after making $70mm last year.