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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jun 20, 2022 - 4:34pm

There's plenty of women in junior roles (analyst/associate), but the percent goes down as you get to more senior roles probably for a number of reasons (historically unfriendly environment towards women, new hiring practices not old enough to see the impact at the senior level, etc.).

I think in general banks do a good job nowadays at hiring a similar number of women to men - my analyst class is 50/50 and so is our summer analyst/associate class. Only like 20% of our MDs down to VPs are women though.

And then within that, I have typically seen a high percent of women (and men) come from Greek life. Because typically those groups have tightknit networks and will push for those kids to get interviews/jobs. And also I think that in general they probably come from wealthier backgrounds and may have more connections to WS. Just some observations of my own.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 21, 2022 - 1:03am

I think a lot of chicks also just don't want to be senior bankers, outside of the hiring practices/views towards women. It's a pretty rough job to have overall, and most guys don't want to do it either. 

Plus, chicks gotta think about raising a kid since they're on limited time (risks of having kids later in life, appearance starts declining after 20s, etc.). Unless they plan on having a stay at home dad or hiring a nanny, the woman tends to be the one who bears the greatest responsibility (outside of financially) to raise a child.  

Jun 21, 2022 - 4:48pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This. You see a lot more senior women in BO roles with far better WLB.


  • Analyst 1 in IB - ECM
Jun 20, 2022 - 4:40pm

My analyst class has a decent amount of females on the team and a few I know that were either part of a sorority and/or Smart Women Securities. There's definitely less of us compared to dudes but most firms have tried to even out the teams. From what I've seen, there tends to be more women in either capital markets or S&T compared to M&A teams but this might be changing. Most that I know from my chapter either went into consulting, marketing, fashion, and a few including myself into finance (IB or S&T).

Jun 22, 2022 - 1:03pm
marketMergerMaddie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey! I'm curious if you feel like more college females are interested in entering S&T compared to the dudes. Where I went to school, classic IB (Advisory) dominated what people for everyone, with fewer people overall going into S&T. However, I couldn't help but notice 7/9 of the S&T people I keep in contact with were female. 

I know you mentioned consulting, marketing, and fashion as popular areas. Was medicine or were non-business related roles like tech or research popular?


GoLiftSomeWeightsBro I think this is it. It is Smart Woman (rather than Women) Securities, so it could be something different that I'm not aware of. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - ECM
Jun 22, 2022 - 1:52pm

I've definitely noticed more women entering S&T than previously before and I think its due to the female-focused diversity initiatives that firms have been implementing in recent years. When I was on campus, I remember BBs would attempt to recruit lots of STEM females into S&T. Another reason could be due to the sales part of S&T being more female-dominated, which might inspire more college females to pursue it. Plus the work-life balance is a bit nicer in S&T than IB where you're working less hours (usually).

Medicine was a less popular route but I knew two that managed to get into med school from undergrad. Most that I knew went on to pursue masters in public health or something along the lines of health sciences as well as nursing. For tech, it was product management or sales/marketing/business development roles.

And yes, it's Smart Woman Securities. Apologies, I accidentally misspelled it in my prior comment!

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Jun 20, 2022 - 10:10pm
streetstreeter33, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The targeted 50/50 male female ratio many banks have is ridiculous. Non-discrimination would mean employment reflects the composition of the applicant pool, and the applicant pool for IB is like 90% dudes.

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Jun 23, 2022 - 4:12am

Women pretty much get a free ride these days. PE also aims for 50/50, but 90% of CVs are from men. 

Jun 21, 2022 - 4:21am
kodi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There is a Kappa Delta girl in London, she is from   UoSC  and she moved to the UK a while back. There are quite a few Americans you see from greek life.

Jun 22, 2022 - 2:27pm
shitonminoritieschad, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There's 4 general types of women that I've observed in IBD, by descending order of preference:

1. WASPy sorority girls from top privates/flagship publics (think Duke, USC, Dartmouth, Penn), very attractive and fun to be around

2. Southern/lower income (relative to group 1) sorority girls from midrange publics, usually more diverse, (think UCLA, Penn State, UMiami, Bama), very attractive and fun to be around, although not as sharp as group 1 (more bimbo-y if that makes sense)

3. Hardo asian women, not very attractive, decent personalities, personally indifferent

4. Black/native/hispanic DEI deadweight, loud, rude, obnoxious, stupid. Makes me want to wear noise cancelling earbuds to work.

  • Managing Director in PE - Other
Jun 23, 2022 - 12:13am

Prepare for mostly awkward Wharton asian ones that's about it 

Jun 23, 2022 - 10:25am
ConfusedGuru, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Stupid but genuine question so don't roast me - what exactly IS Wall Street? Is it just finance in general? Finance in New York? Is it an actual street in New York? 

if I work as a software engineer in midtown Manhattan at a large fintech company, is that considered "Wall Street"? 

Jun 23, 2022 - 12:02pm
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