I keep seeing posts where people say that banking just involves running models and copying charts into powerpoint. While I do understand that formatting is mindless and a big part of banking, I don't understand why anyone would think valuation or advisory is mindless.
If you actually know what you are doing, valuation is extremely detailed and requires a ton of thought. Moreover, telling a company how it should spin off an unprofitable division or restructure billions of dollars in overdue debt to save it from liquidation seems like it would require some cognitive thinking. So why do people say that banking is mindless for analysts? Maybe they are either too caught up in the stupid formatting? Maybe they just do what their superiors tell them without thinking? Maybe they actually don't know finance and don't know what they are doing so their superiors have to tell them what to do?
Please shed some light for someone that hasn't been in IB before.