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Never really heard anyone speak to this. What happens when you're an analyst in banking and something uncontrollable or unpredictable comes up? On the good side (i.e. sibling wedding) or the bad side (bad illness, death in family). Are you pretty much expected just to deal with it, or if its an event, just not go? I haven't heard much about days off (for the planned things), but have heard absolutely nothing about the unplanned things that could potentially force you to miss work.

Not something I'm overly worried about at all, just interested to hear about people's experience with this.

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Comments (20)

  • reformed's picture

    Case by case basis, but so long as it isn't a huge inconvenience, people are generally pretty accommodating.
    No one is going to tell you that you can't go to a parent's funeral or hold it against you if you miss a day or two of work to do so.

  • pacman007's picture

    There are some situation where you have to draw a line. If you're missing your brothers wedding or bachelor party because you have a deadline at work then you're pretty fucked up. At that point...fuck work.

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  • rickyross's picture

    If you're in a situation where your staffer or senior bankers are telling you that you can't attend a sibling's wedding or a funeral, you need to quit.

    Point being, you should probably be fine. Give sufficient notice and there shouldn't be an issue.

    People tend to think life is a race with other people. They don't realize that every moment they spend sprinting towards the finish line is a moment they lose permanently, and a moment closer to their death.

  • TheKing's picture

    If someone close to you dies, you leave work and are not expected to do anything differently. People fetishize the idea of how obsessively you're supposed to work in banking, but funerals and meaningful weddings come before anything. Period.

  • NorthSider's picture

    At most banks on the street, you don't need a death in the family or a wedding to get out of town every once in a while. Just about everyone in my group takes a week off in the summer and the winter, and most take a few weekends out of town when no work is going on. Obviously, if something important comes up, you can attend.

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  • Beny23's picture

    I have a friend who had to attend a wedding in Carribean and he got that time off as an analyst. So if you communicate early enough it should be fine.

  • JPMortgage's picture

    I agree. If anyone ever gave me grief for attending a family member's funeral or wedding I would find employment elsewhere. While the industry is cutthroat, I can't imagine it being that heartless.

    On a related note, my sisters college graduation is the weekend after my internship starts, and my mom wants me to leave early and miss work the Friday of my first week. It's a big internship, and I didn't want to miss a day during my first week, so I made here change my flight. I feel like a dick, but I didn't want to be 'that guy' missing out on training week.

    "If it were easy, everyone would do it"

  • dublin's picture

    Yep - went to a couple of friend's weddings out of town during my IB analyst stint, and a buddy at the firm got married himself during our analyst years and got a couple of weeks off free and clear.

    I agree with TheKing - generally speaking, the work-above-all attitude in banking is not quite true, just a fetish that people love to perpetuate on this site

  • In reply to rickyross
    trazer985's picture

    rickyross:

    If you're in a situation where your staffer or senior bankers are telling you that you can't attend a sibling's wedding or a funeral, you need to quit.

    Point being, you should probably be fine. Give sufficient notice and there shouldn't be an issue.

    best of luck being jewish and giving advance notice of a funeral. :)

  • In reply to pacman007
    AllDay_028's picture

    pacman007:

    There are some situation where you have to draw a line. If you're missing your brothers wedding or bachelor party because you have a deadline at work then you're pretty fucked up. At that point...fuck work.


    I actually missed my sisters wedding for a sporting event in college (I was a starter on a D1 team at the time). No regrets. I think i'd be less likely to do it for work, but I don't actually think a wedding is that big of a deal.
  • TakeItToTheBank26's picture

    Thanks a lot everyone. Really appreciate the feedback. Happy to see that I'm not getting a bunch of replies explaining disaster situations.

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  • TeddyTheBear's picture

    If someone in your family dies, my bank essentially gives you as much time as you need, as long as you don't abuse it. One of our associates in the D.C office lost a family member and took 1.5 months off. Nobody said anything and he worked from home and responded to emails fast. He could have taken another month off honestly. If any firm or bank denied you this right, then it's time to leave. Money is not as important as family and friends.

  • guyfromct's picture

    What about major holidays can you get off for Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur?

  • In reply to guyfromct
    milehigh's picture

    futurectdoc:

    What about major holidays can you get off for Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur?


    Go work in Hollywood. Entourage wasn't exaggerating the truth, the entire town/industry shuts down for major Jewish holidays. Not sure if the banks in LA operate the same way (my guess is no) but the entertainment industry does. Traffic still sucks though (Johnny Drama was lying about that aspect at the race track).
  • In reply to AllDay_028
    goingbustbanking's picture

    What? Sporting event > Sisters wedding?

    Something is wrong here

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  • In reply to goingbustbanking
    SECfinance's picture

    golfingbanker:

    What? Sporting event > Sisters wedding?

    Something is wrong here

    They were playing on the team, I'd say that's a bit different.

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