Unironically - ER is a paradise
I left banking after a year and(same bank) and god what a move. The work itself is more enjoyable (though miserable, bc I know no one will bother looking at it). I gave in to the tendentious on this site, and it was a mistake. The work isn't dull at all (I'm London based).
The hours are just something else. There's so much I can fit into the day. Free time is priceless. It's been 2 months, I managed to read 5 books, all investing classics. Keeping this pace I'm hoping to develop a decent investment acumen to move to theand add value. This was my biggest concern in continuing in banking, there was just no time for me to grow intellectually. I would've been wallowing in inertia had I not left.
Also I was getting fat. The consistency of timing has made it possible to work out at 5AM daily and make plans for healthy dinners everyday. And having all weekends for myself is such a blessing. The work doesn't stop when you leave the office, if you're passionate about what you're doing. But life can still go on. Less frat bros, more interesting humble colleagues.
I don't mind my bonus getting cut in half. I'm optimistic that doors to the buy-side will remain open if I put in the effort.