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To all those analysts working 90-110 hour weeks, does location matter to you? Do you actually have time to enjoy New York or is a social life really non-existent? Does being in New York provide access to a fun time for the times when you can blow off steam? Or would you be content working in another city? Curious to hear opinons on this.

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  • SonnyZH's picture

    NYC/London only. Dude, it's not 100+ hours consistently every week...

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

  • David Dodd's picture

    My take on this is that NYC is a good place to be an analyst because it is a 24/7 city. This makes it much more conducive to maintaining a social life despite the unpredictable/long hours. For instance, you can get dinner reservations at 10pm or later, bars stay open later, etc. Additionally, the culture of the city is such that people in your age group will (sort of) understand your lifestyle even if they are not in finance.

    I live in a much more "middle American" city currently and imagine that if I were still working banking hours I would be consigned to eating from the 24 hour Taco Bell drive through window all the time.

    I am confident that if raised kids in NYC they would have a cocaine problem by age 15 though so there are downsides as you get older - with the tax man also high on that list.