I'll be starting as a full-time analyst in 2 wks. The bank I'm joining does not have a generalist program but instead places incoming analysts directly into industry/product groups. Considering that I will be working with my assigned group for about 18 months, I'd really like to ensure I get the best possible experience (M&A group for this bank). Normally, HR would have us list our top/bottom 3 groups and then assign us based on that info....but this time around, there's been no mention of that. Would you recommend emailing some of my contacts in the M&A group and perhaps HR to express my interest in joining the team? If so, what points do you think I should try to hit in the email to improve my chances of getting in with them?
My other question relates more to the work environment/competitiveness aspect of working with a bank. I interned at a boutique last summer in what was a very collegial environment. However, I've heard that things can get really competitive among analysts at the bigger banks. Do you have any insight on how to push for the best deals/experience without upsetting your other coworkers or coming across as a complete try-hard?