Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs: A Bad Romance

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Greg Smith, as he tells it in Why I Left Goldman Sachs, claims the firm didn’t treat its clients very well. He was upset about this, so he quit. But instead of giving two weeks notice and heading off to some pub to toast his 12 years at the firm, Smith wrote an editorial for The New York Times, which they published on March 14. Then he grabbed his stuff from his London office on a Saturday night when he knew no one would be in and flew back to New York. The article ran on Monday. A media pile-on and a $1.5 million dollar book deal soon followed.

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