Goldman Sachs is moving forward with a plan to slash about 400 jobs — despite pledging earlier in this year that the firm would freeze layoffs in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wall Street giant headed by David Solomon said Thursday about 1 percent of its workforce will be affected — a far smaller number than the 3-to-5 percent of headcount that usually gets cut in the bank’s yearly bloodbath.
“At the outbreak of the pandemic, the firm announced that it would suspend any job reductions,” Goldman admitted in a statement. “The firm has made a decision to move forward with a modest number of layoffs.”
The Post can also confirm that no specific area of the $2 trillion megabank’s operations are being targeted for cuts and that the move is a general reduction of headcount.
Layoffs are an annual rite at Goldman, which more than any other bank on Wall Street is known for its practice of shedding existing employees to make room for new blood.
While the volume of pink slips might be light by Goldman’s standard, the firm’s failure to keep its promise to hold onto all of its employees through the end of 2020 stands in contrast to Morgan Stanley, which has so far kept a bold promise to its workers from CEO James Gorman.
A Morgan Stanley spokesman told The Post on Thursday that the bank — Goldman’s longtime archrival on Wall Street — expects to meet its public commitment to not enact any layoffs before 2021.
But Goldman does have some company.
Citigroup, which also vowed to keep everyone on board through year-end, announced that it would resume layoffs in September. That news comes among a big shakeup at Citi, which will replace its CEO Michael Corbat with Jane Fraser early in 2021.