SPOTLIGHT: I-Banking Bullpen Rules and FAQs

The goal of Wall Street Oasis’ I-Banking Bullpen is to give our users the best possible snapshot of life in investment banking, from internships and recruiting to compensation and career progression. Working towards that goal, we’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions page for Wall Street in general, as well as a page for the Best Discussions from each industry.

To familiarize yourself with Wall Street, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or navigate using one of the links below:

  •  WSO User Guidelines

  •  WSO 101

  •  Degrees & Certifications

  •  Getting A Job

  •  Life in Finance

  •  Best Discussions - Investment Banking

  •  Here you can find our previously stickied topics, "Keyboard Shortcuts - I'm a Huge Nerd" and "Regional Boutiques"

Please also keep in mind that as the community continues to grow and evolve, we would like to keep it at least somewhat civil, useful and entertaining. To that end, here are a few items to keep in mind as you participate in the community:

  •  Please do your best to avoid starting a thread on a topic that has already been discussed. Use the Search function or visit the new Frequently Asked Questions page first

  •  Respect your fellow monkeys and do not write something you would never say to a person in public. The administrators and moderators all reserve the right to edit and delete posts and ban particularly abusive users

  •  Never disclose names or personal details of people other than yourself. This can get you banned. If you are posting your own personal information, keep in mind that many current and prospective bankers are reading these forums. Showing maturity and respect may very well help you in your job search!

  •  Stay on topic. If you want to discuss a new issue, please start a new topic.

  •  For more details, please review our WSO User Guidelines

  •  If you find a post offensive, contact Ivy at [email protected]

Thank you to all of our users for making WallStreetOasis a great community. We look forward to helping prospective bankers for years to come!


Career Advancement Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (==) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (==) 99.1%
  • Lazard Freres (++) 98.7%
  • William Blair 12 98.2%
  • Financial Technology Partners 02 97.8%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • William Blair 04 99.6%
  • Lincoln International 11 99.1%
  • DC Advisory 05 98.7%
  • Canaccord Genuity 17 98.2%
  • Jefferies & Company 04 97.8%

Professional Growth Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Lincoln International 01 99.6%
  • Jefferies & Company 01 99.1%
  • Financial Technology Partners 07 98.7%
  • Lazard Freres 15 98.2%
  • UBS AG 16 97.8%

Total Avg Compensation

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (6) $592
  • Vice President (33) $392
  • Associates (159) $260
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $187
  • 2nd Year Analyst (101) $169
  • 1st Year Analyst (306) $167
  • Intern/Summer Associate (48) $167
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (224) $94
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