Goldman Sachs MDs Could Have Just Stayed And Had A Career At A Great Firm, But Will Take Ken Griffin’s Money InsteadBy Jon Shazar
Goldman Sachs is pioneering a new type of financial innovation: European compensation structures. Goldman has gained approval from U.K. regulators for a complex pay structure, according to people familiar with the matter, putting it ahead of rivals still scrambling to deal with a new European Union bonus cap. U.K.-based staff are being told about the details of this year’s pay structure but the information isn’t public yet…Allowances won’t count toward pension contributions but, crucially, will count as fixed pay in bonus calculations—essentially giving banks a partial way around the bonus cap…Backers of the bonus cap say reducing overall pay levels wasn’t their goal. Instead it was to make sure pay structures didn’t encourage short-term risk-taking, said Arlene McCarthy, a British member of the European Parliament who helped draft the rules. “I don’t give a s— what they’re paid frankly,” she said. [WSJ]
In fact, as befits a market-driven company, the cafeteria has pricing based on demand; if you go during peak hours, you pay more. (“François, we’re having a run on meatloaf — quick, raise our ask!”) It’s a very different system — and self-consciously so — from what exists at another corporate dynamo, Google, which ranks No. 1 again on Fortune’s list and where all kinds of foods are famously free. “Different culture,” Galen says. “I could take it out of your paycheck and put it into the café, or I can put it in your paycheck and give you the choice to go to Shake Shack. We prefer the latter.” [Fortune, earlier]
Over at Fortune today you will find a story about Marty Chavez, a Goldman Sachs partner who rejoined the firm 2005 after leaving for several years to found a business, sell it, and retire to Fire Island. Chavez would’ve been content to live out his life on the beach but one day, this happened:
…he got a call from now-president Gary Cohn, then co-head of global securities. “I heard you sold your company — congratulations,” Chavez recalls him saying. “I heard you retired. That’s ridiculous. I was just calling to share with you that you’re coming back.” When Chavez told him he was burned out on commodities, Cohn suggested investment banking. Chavez didn’t know the first thing about banking, but Cohn was insistent.
Generally, when Gary Cohn talks, you listen. He doesn’t call to offer you a job, he calls to tell you you’re taking it. He doesn’t give you time to think things over, he sticks his grundle in your face and asks “What’s there to think about?” In this case, however, he knew a more subtle touch was necessary. Read more »
Like Bank of America, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs before it, Credit Suisse announced this week that analysts and associates will have some semblance of a weekend, moving forward. Unlike JP Morgan’s monthly “protected” weekend and BofA’s “take the number of UNAUTHORIZED weekend days you were previously working and cut it in half,” Credit Suisse has chosen to adopt the Goldman Sachs 36-hour weekend model, unless of course urgent work needs to be done, in which case, consider your ass glued to that desk. Read more »