A couple of stories have hit the tapes recently which both make fairly depressing reading for those looking to jump into a new 2/3 year analyst programme at a bulge bracket bank.
1 - Bonuses are down. Way down. I can only give UK figures here but the average 1st year salary is now around £65,000 all in (20k bonus) which, after tax, is more like 35-40k. Numbers are similar in the US.
2 - Banks are slimming and trimming faster than an anorexic teenager. First Goldman announces it is cutting it's 2 year programme, then UBS lays off most of it's London bankers. Across the board the bulge bracket are cutting middle-management, promoting less partners and hiring less grads.