• 19 Jan 2012 at 3:19 PM

Bonus Watch ’12: Goldman Sachs

It could have been worse?

Front office down zero to 40%. No base reductions. I’m hearing FICC worse than Equities and IB.

Viniar-land (aka Finance) down zero to 30% Many junior people flat YoY on total comp.

I’m personally down 20% which was exactly the right level to piss me off but not enough to make me dive across the desk and beat my boss to death.

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  1. Posted by TheJokeMauler | January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    There should have been an instrument involved. Like "beat my boss to death with his own stapler."

    Or something.

  2. Posted by guest to you | January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Disagree. I'd do it with my bare hands.

  3. Posted by Whoops | January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Chrome dildo?

    -DoubleLine Capital Analyst

  4. Posted by It could be true | January 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Watch out, Dude, Goldman adjusts everyone's comp by a slightly different percentage so that they can track the one who leaks the info.

  5. Posted by Strong sell | January 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I heard Lev Fin was given 20 shares of MF Global stock and 2 shake shack vouchers

  6. Posted by Real numbers | January 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    When are actual numbers coming out?

  7. Posted by Junior Rainmaker | January 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I may be down 20% this year, but I'm 1% for life

  8. Posted by Gary'sCrotch | January 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I'm only down 5% from last year.

  9. Posted by Cock Quant | January 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Try putting on a long PFE position, that might help in that department.

  10. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Any word on second-year Rhododendrons' numbers?

  11. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Until you're laid off in a week

  12. Posted by Stocked Smoked | January 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Harry didn't think that he got a big enough bouns, so he grabbed the nearest thing to hand, which just so happened to be a 15 inch black rubber cock, and proceeded to beat poor old Jeffrey to death with.

  13. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Trying to impress Bess with your 20% bonus numbers is the NKI

  14. Posted by Plantalyst | January 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Doing better than M&A at RBS, so that's something.

  15. Posted by serious question | January 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    why don't you step up to the plate and send them?

  16. Posted by Guest 1 | January 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Somone want to put up specifics and actually help people or just ramble?

  17. Posted by guest | January 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    LOL at the idea that having a specific number would "help" you. You already got your number and it's done or your number has been decided. Either way, you're not negotiating dick.

    [Also, kill yourself but you knew that already]

  18. Posted by serious question | January 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    "someone want to put up specifics"

    Why don't you start, guy?

  19. Posted by Guest GSACHSM@ASS | January 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    how will you ever eat a decent meal on that salary? hope they don't starve

  20. Posted by Del Preston | January 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    …With his own shoes

  21. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Also, I get the being "pissed off" part" but none of the pale, pasty softies at Goldman could beat anything except their own pud.

  22. Posted by A Lost Cause | January 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Stub Associates – base comp stayed flat at 100k (vs. increase to 125k), stub bonus 20k cash.

  23. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Turning to the Commentariat for bonus help was never killing it

  24. Posted by wahoo | January 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    ….it.

  25. Posted by wahoo | January 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    My boss simply told me that the first three letters of my bonus would be exactly the same, but the last two would be quite different and more like what I'd expect at UBS.

  26. Posted by Rick | January 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    If I apply the typical discount to Goldman, now I give my analysts an invoice

    Karsten Kengeter

  27. Posted by shift+F9 | January 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    sure that the act would be considered 'manslaughter'? i think he'd qualify for murder. debate.

  28. Posted by Guy with A.D.D. | January 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I say bring it bitch, I have no problem showing you WHY you call me boss eevryday ya lil punk

    -Your Boss

  29. Posted by Guesto | January 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    No one is lucky enough to get Mitt Romney Speaking Fee #s…..which isn't that much you know.

  30. Posted by yakitorisally | January 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    55% of base. base for associates — no change..

  31. Posted by One Eyed AIG Quant | January 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    In the land of pale softies the one who is extremely pissed about his bonus and thrown into an uncharacteristic fit of rage is king.

  32. Posted by Ken Lewis | January 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Typical leech 99% bitching they don't get a bonus

  33. Posted by Dumbass | January 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Uh, what?

  34. Posted by Guest | January 19, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Shutup intern

  35. Posted by Cramer | January 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    If only I could still pick my stocks for goldman, we'd make it rain like pacman….it's appalling they haven't brought me back yet.

  36. Posted by 1 | January 20, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    -1′

  37. Posted by yakitori | January 20, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    First year analysts: the annualised stub is 30% of base…

  38. Posted by Diversityhire | January 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    6th year associates. Base salary stayed flat at 130k. Bonus stayed flat at 0.

  39. Posted by Sid horse | January 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Oh yeah.

  40. Posted by yestheguest | January 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    fuck, Bess, 20% lower? 4 more years like that and you will get nothing!

    -UBS Head of CAGR analysis

  41. Posted by HFguy | January 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    coz you'd be at the ankles?

  42. Posted by Ghuestto | January 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Sooo…no Tom Brady visit this year?

  43. Posted by Professor Guest | January 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Keep the change ya filthy animal!

  44. Posted by RRP | January 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    can i get a raise for the 7th year?

  45. Posted by Lai see | January 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    US$0.01

  46. Posted by flaxdudes | January 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    you're worthless (and racist i just noticed)

  47. Posted by Wall St. Dude | January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Bonus of 55% of base? Are you talking investment banking or middle office? It was 55% of base last year??

  48. Posted by Guest 1 | January 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I am at JPM and I got 300 all in as an A2 – 150/150 with 30 being stock

    Already did post this

    And by help out I mean some of us have contractual guarantees for some adjustment based on street if we are low… I understand most of you just bend of and take what your told – some of us actually negotiate…

    Before you kill yourself – finish polishing those banana peels

  49. Posted by joe | January 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    what division at jpm? don’t get the contractual obligation to adjust to the street either. lastly, i thought A2 was at $125 base at all banks. maybe i’m dumb but that is what i was told…

  50. Posted by GS MD | January 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Look at the 99% quibbling over 20%

    Hahaha

    That's chump change for me, bitches

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