Goldman Sachs hired 3% of the 313,000 people who applied for a job at the firm last year, the same percentage as in 2014.
Bloomberg News reports that the figure includes summer internships, the bank said Tuesday in a presentation at a Credit Suisse conference in Miami. The number of employees has increased 11% since 2012, CEO Lloyd Blankfein said at the conference.
'I pay a lot of attention to this, not just to ensure that we get the best people but it’s also kind of a warning system to how well we are doing as a firm', Blankfein said. 'Do people still want to come to Goldman Sachs?'
The figures suggest Goldman Sachs is still seen as an attractive place to work even as the Wall Street firm has been cited as a symbol of corporate greed in the U.S. presidential campaigns. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ran a television ad that singled out Goldman Sachs for its role in the 2008 financial crisis, and he’s mentioned Blankfein personally as an example of greed.
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