Goldman Sachs just told its US staff they need to be back in the office by June 14 in one of Wall Street’s earliest pushes to get employees back in-person

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The time is ticking on remote work at another Wall Street firm.

Goldman Sachs is asking its US employees to come back into the office by June 14, according to an internal memo sent Tuesday and reviewed by Insider. UK employees will be required to come in by June 21.

“We know from experience that our culture of collaboration, innovation and apprenticeship thrives when our people come together, and we look forward to having more of our colleagues back in the office so that they can experience that once again on a regular basis,” said the memo, which was sent by CEO David Solomon,  COO John Waldron, and CFO Stephen Scherr. Bloomberg was the first to report the bank was solidifying back to office plans.

Solomon has been outspoken about his dislike of remote work, calling it an “aberration” at a virtual conference in February that the firm would correct “as quickly as possible.” He went into the office almost every day throughout the pandemic, sometimes walking 20 minutes from his place in SoHo to Goldman’s headquarters in the financial district. 

In late March, Goldman was the first big bank to announce an in-person summer internship program, breaking stride with Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and other firms that are keeping their interns remote for now. 

Goldman, like others on Wall Street, has faced criticism from employees for how its managed workloads while employees WFH. 

Frustrations with remote work, in addition to significant deal flow, led junior bankers to create two presentations to express their unhappiness to management about being overworked. Engineers in Goldman’s consumer division also quit in droves. 

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“We will also welcome nearly 5,400 interns, analysts and associates over the coming months, who will be joining us in person and look forward to forging close bonds with their colleagues and living our culture first-hand,” Tuesday’s memo said.

Goldman’s return-to-office plans come a week after JPMorgan told its employees to start coming back to the office a few days per week beginning May 17. JPMorgan expects all employees to be back on a rotational basis, to comply with occupancy caps, by July, and CEO Jamie Dimon said in April he expects employees to be maskless in the office by October. Many of JPMorgan’s interns will also be in the office this summer.

Goldman didn’t provide a firm-wide edict on how frequently employees will be required to be in the office and will instead leave it up to regional and division leaders, the memo said. The bank is leaving open the possibility of rotational schedules and is extending its COVID-19 family leave program to September 30.

“We will also continue to consider the potential for rotational schedules, where applicable, as we manage capacity in our offices and progressively return,” the memo added. 

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