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I thought it would be a good idea to share my observations, and my boredom, on IB recruiting at the associate level.

On-campus recruiting: Associates look so happy. I want to be a banker. Nothing like making some money and looking this happy.

The elevators at Credit Suisse offices on Madison sure feel like they are going to fall apart. Are they as old as they appear?

Dammit, my emails to Citi bankers keep getting returned. Oh wait another downsizing. No wonder.

Ahh, that’s why the BAML building has all those windows. Otherwise they don’t see the light of day. Now I know where all the non-targets end up.

Sign reads: Goldman Sachs On-Campus Presentation Today: Yes, I’m so there. Oh not for recruiting but for the food. Thanks for the lobster dinner and by the way here’s my middle finger douchebag. Hopefully that just got me on the GS Elevator Gossip.

Thanks for allowing me to visit Mr. MD at UBS. I was so glad I took 30 minutes out of my life to spend time hearing you complain about why the industry sucks and people shouldn’t go into banking.

Without a doubt Barclay’s has the best free pens.

One word to sum up Lazard: Weirdos

Office visit: Damn, analysts and associates look miserable. Analysts look tired but they still have that glow. It’s clear that deep down they still have hope but associates just look pissed. Forget my first observation. Maybe I don’t want to be an associate.

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Comments (32)

  • Sumba's picture

    Haha, brilliant.

  • Insider Trading's picture

    Entertaining and well written.

  • Sling Shot's picture

    WOW - I looked down at my desk and realized I still got that Barclays pen from a career fair in 2010

  • BTbanker's picture

    Dude, Lazard used to always bring Jimmy Johns.. Do they still do that?

  • ball.street's picture

    Great post!! What observations on MS/JPM??

  • In reply to BTbanker
    finance_king's picture

    BTbanker wrote:

    Dude, Lazard used to always bring Jimmy Johns.. Do they still do that?

    Unfortunately we just had a quick visit from a few bankers and spoke with other bankers via telephone. I should send them an email asking for some food next time.

  • In reply to ball.street
    finance_king's picture

    ball.street wrote:

    Great post!! What observations on MS/JPM??

    If for some reason NY ever runs out of hair gel/mousse I think it will be because of the MS guys. Those guys were always slicked for some reason. Well the ones I met at least.

    JPM: couldn't think of anything interesting so please feel free to add. Maybe something will come up soon.

  • 213830's picture

    agree with credit suisse; building and entrance looks fantastic from the outside. Once you step in though, the place just looks like it'll crumble from within

  • Cornelius's picture

    Nice. Very nice.

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  • ke18sb's picture

    barclays moleskin notebook by far the best swag

  • animalz's picture
  • In reply to electriclighto
    finance_king's picture

    electriclighto wrote:

    Ha, those circle of deaths are the worst. Having a group of students pretend interest to some MD's rant on anything.

    Definitely the worst. Sometimes I wanted to think I was at a wedding, hoping the MD would bust a move in the circle while all of us clapped and screamed

  • In reply to finance_king
    Bullet-Tooth Tony's picture

    finance_king wrote:

    electriclighto:

    Ha, those circle of deaths are the worst. Having a group of students pretend interest to some MD's rant on anything.

    Definitely the worst. Sometimes I wanted to think I was at a wedding, hoping the MD would bust a move in the circle while all of us clapped and screamed

    I'm picturing this

  • vBEARED's picture
  • mdk6c's picture

    Those CS elevators break down all the time (usually with me in them)

  • In reply to Bullet-Tooth Tony
    finance_king's picture

    peinvestor2012 wrote:

    finance_king:
    electriclighto:

    Ha, those circle of deaths are the worst. Having a group of students pretend interest to some MD's rant on anything.

    Definitely the worst. Sometimes I wanted to think I was at a wedding, hoping the MD would bust a move in the circle while all of us clapped and screamed

    I'm picturing this

    Hilarious

  • stillwinnning's picture

    Sounds pretty grim.

    I'm bi-winning. I win here, and I win there.

  • In reply to electriclighto
    alphamale's picture

    electriclighto wrote:

    Ha, those circle of deaths are the worst. Having a group of students pretend interest to some MD's rant on anything.

    It's the worst when you're a student stuck in one of those circle of deaths and somebody just asked the MD (more likely a VP): "What's your view on the M&A market right now?" (or some other generic bullshit question). And you can't bail (thereby dismantling the circle of death) because it would be too obvious (and look bad), so you end up standing there listening to all these kiss-ass questions. That's hell.

  • maczack113's picture

    why is Lazard weirdos?

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