Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2012

Muppet manifesto: Blistering exit for Goldman Sachs executive

March 15, 2012


— Goldman Sachs, arguably the most storied investment bank on Wall Street, has been compared to a money-sucking vampire squid and called the evil empire of finance. On Wednesday, it got a black eye from one of its own.

Greg Smith, an executive director at the bank, resigned with a blistering public essay that accused the bank of losing its “moral fiber,” putting profits ahead of customers’ interests and dismissing customers as “muppets.”

“It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he wrote.

The decay of Goldman’s proud culture of teamwork, integrity and humility, he wrote, threatened the survival of an investment house that weathered two world wars and the Great Depression.

The stinging essay, “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times on Wednesday morning. It was the talk of Wall Street immediately and circulated online all day.

CNBC ran clips of the ornery balcony critics from “The Muppet Show.” Other websites quickly posted spoofs, including “Why I am Leaving the Empire,” by “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. Smith became a trending topic on Twitter.

The Times said the essay had received 3 million page views online by 4 p.m. The second-most-viewed story had 500,000, and that was a business section story about the essay.

Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and President Gary Cohn told the bank’s employees in an open letter that Smith’s claims did not reflect the culture of the bank. They cited glowing internal reviews of the service Goldman provides to clients.

“It is unfortunate that all of you who worked so hard through a difficult environment over the last few years now have to respond to this,” they wrote.

Smith worked for Goldman in London when he resigned, but the bank did not provide further details or say how much money Smith made. He previously worked in the New York office.


Andini 2 years, 1 month ago

Was it a "memo" or a "mission statement"?


its_just_math 2 years, 1 month ago

Wonder if BHO was one of those 3 million page viewees?


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

'Another "bitter clinger"?

Hoo boy. Here's what we really need: New "Pecora Hearings." is this why Goldman is being pilloried once again?

Is it a deliberate hit job of sorts? Certainly it is compelling. People hate the system so much that even the alternative news media goes along when it comes to Goldman Sachs.

It never seems to occur to anyone, even the brightest of the alternative media minds, that this is the way the power elite works. Do they ever set up a dialectic they don't control? "They" OWN Goldman Sachs it seems to us. Goldman works for "them" ... and "they" are offering up this top firm like a sacrificial lamb.

(from a source)


jmadison 2 years, 1 month ago

Jon Corzine, former head of MF Global which bilked its customers, is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs corporation and a practitioner of its style of doing business.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

"“It is unfortunate that all of you who worked so hard through a difficult environment over the last few years now have to respond to this,” they wrote."

All indications are that the big banksters didn't struggle much at all during this economic crisis largely of their own creation.


Paul R Getto 2 years, 1 month ago

Hmmmmmmm.....someone has it wrong. Wonder who that might be? Maybe the guy got fired and is bitter. Maybe he's right.


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