Before they complained about brutal hours and missing meal stipends, young Goldman Sachs staffers were reportedly concerned about Chik-fil-A.
A group of first-year bankers at the Wall Street powerhouse recently debated whether the fast-food chain’s chicken sandwiches belonged at the corporate dinner table, a new report says.
The 2019 discussion was sparked by Chik-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s opposition to same-sex marriage, Fox Business Network reported.
Cathy’s anti-LGBT views — which have sparked boycotts and protests of Chik-fil-A in the past — led some of the Goldman associates to wonder whether it was appropriate to eat the chain’s food at a planned dinner meeting at the megabank’s Manhattan headquarters, according to the network.
Goldman management eventually put an end to the dispute by deciding Chik-fil-A would be allowed, people with direct knowledge of the incident told Fox.
But Goldman spokesperson Nicole Sharp disputed the existence of the culinary contretemps, saying the bank had not seen or heard any evidence of it taking place.
“We don’t believe this to be true,” Sharp told The Post in an email. “Can’t guarantee or confirm it didn’t happen, but the idea that there’s a policy requiring senior approval is nonsense.”
The anecdote emerged amid signs of upheaval among junior Goldman staffers who are tired of working the grueling, “inhuman” hours, with one staffer comparing it to his day going through the foster care system, saying he preferred the later.
First-year analysts complained in a recent survey that their physical and mental health was deteriorating thanks to 100-hour work weeks, according to a February PowerPoint presentation that recently went viral.
Another leaked slide deck from last year showed entry-level bankers protesting a lack of reimbursements for meals and computer equipment after much of Goldman’s staff started working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Goldman CEO David Solomon has addressed his underlings’ recent complaints by pledging to keep their Saturdays work free, hire more junior bankers and reassign staff to help out at busier units.
But some veterans of the firm say their millennial colleagues are whining about working conditions that have long been standard operating procedure, according to Fox Business.
“It’s a generational thing and nothing more,” a former Goldman partner told the network. “These kids have been brought up a different way and attended schools that indulged their alleged victim status.”