A lot of you need to just relax

I'm almost at the one year mark of being in IB, and the one thing I've learned is that lot of people in this industry take themselves way too seriously. One wrong font size, formatting error, logo sizing is not the end all be all - most buyers,companies,etc. will never notice this, and it definitely won't actually matter. People lose their minds over the smallest things. These people try so hard to be top bucket, is it worth it? Staying up til 2 am just obsessing over formatting? I am so so so content with being middle bucket. Don't get me wrong, I still work hard, check my work, etc., but I don't lose my mind over these things. I am in bed by 12:30 every night unless something major comes up. I don't worry about work on Friday night and Saturdays if I don't need to. Is the 10k after tax really worth "top bucket"? No.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 7, 2022 - 2:58pm

I'm with you. My exact sentiment. I don't understand these people here who constantly complain about staying up past midnight or act like like logging off before 12am is a treat. Just close your screen and go to bed...no one is going to fire you for that. You're a damn analyst. You're cheap and have a lot more leverage than you think.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 7, 2022 - 3:20pm

I treat my job the exact same way and am considered top bucket lmao. I know there are people that deserve this way over me in terms of work ethic (those staying up til 2am), but I just work hard and am very responsive from the hours of 10-11. I don't over analyze my work, I trust my intuition, and interact well with colleagues. I truly believe it's really this simple.

No one is gonna know you stayed up til 2am trying to make a deck perfect - no matter how hard you try, it will never be and there will always be comments.

In the long run of your career, that one slide literally means nothing - don't stress about it. Go to bed, get rested so that you can perform the next day during the times when it truly matters.

At the end of the day this job comes down to the company you're advising and the MDs execution. That's really it, don't let PPT consume you - it doesn't matter.

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May 8, 2022 - 9:52pm
chihayafull, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All the disgusting neuroticism here is entirely prospects and 1st year analysts freaking the fuck out, it's pretty comical. I think it's a function of young, high-strung people not realizing that the world doesn't give a flying fuck about them. Come 2nd year, you start to realize that you're really not doing anything important, and it's sooo much easier to relax.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 9, 2022 - 5:37pm

Yeah totally agree. I accepted my Mega Fund PE offer and now just play world of Warcraft half the day. The other day my staffer tried to put me on a deal and I told him I have vacation in Maldives planned. 

May 9, 2022 - 6:22pm
Premia, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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