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Haven't seen this post in a while, and I'm interested in hearing everyones stories. Below I've included my own story, which happened at a large boutique firm on the east coast. It's lengthy but hopefully a worthwhile read. To begin, I'm in the office it's...
I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as an investment banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee young first-year analyst in restructuring for one of the <span class='keyword_link'><a...
I love the stories of interns crashing and burning, drinking too much, or doing something stupid as much as anyone else, but are there any tales from the opposite end of the spectrum? <em>Mod Note (Andy): One of the most viewed posts of 2017.</em>
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In honor of GoT S7 premiering next month, I'd like to pose a simple question to the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community. If the investment banks were the Houses of Westeros, which would they be? My Opinion: <span...
Chimps, after working with all of our first years at our firm on several deals, I’ve found that I’m frequently getting asked for tips and tricks that I wish I had known as a new analyst. I’ve listed out some insights on what I think every analyst should know as they begin their stint in...
<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-full-time-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 Full-Time <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page here</a> EARLY RECRUITMENT PROCESS /...
We all know banking isn't easy, and I am usually all about encouraging young people to work hard in finance since the long-term benefits to your career can be incredible. But it's good to be realistic about the job - many of us tend to act like heroic titans of finance who love the...
So I'm recovering from a procedure and out of commission for a couple days, and I thought I would use the downtime share a few observations / career guidance for those people starting out in the business. Take this with a pinch of salt, as its one person's advice, but these are all...
Guys, This is a serious and sincere plea to any of you undergraduate kids who're using these silly titles on their LinkedIn profiles. Please for god's sake, take this out. It just looks stupid and wannabe-ish. I don't know who started doing this and where, but it's just...
So, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...
Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my story. My name is Stephen Ridley. I graduated from a top tier British University with a...
This is a long winded post and is tailored to people looking to get a good look into <abbr title="financial institutions group">FIG</abbr>. We're unsure if there is demand for content like this but... 1) if you guys are interested in <abbr title="financial...
Did anyone else hear about a summer analyst dying recently at a Chicago MM? Apparently he had worked some crazy amount of all nighters. Unclear as to what the exact cause of death was. I’m not bringing this up for e-cred but to say that this shit is absurd and needs to change, I’m sure...
Takeaway message: Piper Jaffray (PJC) is a massive sweatshop. Probably one of the worst <abbr title="middle market firms">MMs</abbr> for work/life balance from what I’ve seen and heard. Imperial Capital is the only other <abbr title="middle...
It’s been a slow day at work, so I decided to do something useful and type up this thread with some basic networking tips. I went into my background in detail in <a href=”//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/lateraling-guide”>my lateraling guide</a>, but basically I went to a...
<h3>Disclaimer</h3> This post isn't meant to be a salty venting, but more of a sharing some of my self-realizations from the past year on things that I wish I had fully understood 12 months ago. “Congrats on closing your deal!” “You were a rockstar on this one –...
Disclaimer: I've made a throwaway account due to the crippling embarrassment of what just happened to me and my fear of being connected to this in anyway. I'm <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs"...
<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-summer-analyst-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 <abbr title="investment banking ">IB</abbr> Summer Analyst recruiting megathread here</a> <strong>Updates:...
Monkeys, Wanted to share with you this story that happened at my company. Happened on a different team than I'm in in, but in the same building. Kid starts out in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back...
Enough coddling: by definition some people are the bottom 15%. For those of you who don't have the self-awareness to recognize you aren't cutting it, here are the signs (real life examples). If you do any of the following, I shouldn't have to explain to you why you are a bottom...
I just got offered a J.P. Morgan - Video Interview. What should I expect? This is what was stated in the email. "As mentioned previously, we would like to give you the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and invite you to record video responses to 3 questions." Please let me...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted in June 2012</em> So the interns are out in full force. Hoards of them. (Before I get into this-- I have no idea why they are called "SA's" these days- they will always be interns to me.) I...
<img src="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/files/ib_resume_title_0.png" alt="Investment Banking Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example" /> <p><b>Attached to the bottom of this post, you will find the Wall Street Oasis Investment Banking Resume Template...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): 8/16/18 - Updates continue to roll in, make sure to check <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2019-ft-analyst-recruiting-timeline?page=1">page two</a> for the must up to date information.</em> Haven't seen a thread on...
List some of the funniest phrases your MDs have used Ex: "spin your wheels" "bat this around internally"
So this email has been making the rounds all day and it was sent by an <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> Moelis Staffer to all the analysts at the office after finding out that many of them weren't in the office at 2AM. Each number listed was crossed out to...
Investment Bankers have a secret way of communicating with one another. Whether it's a discreet nod or those matching Ferragamo shoes/ties, bankers have a fraternal pact with one another that everyone outside the industry just wouldn't understand. However, you'll soon realize...
I am a minority, first generation college student, brought up by a single mother, lived in the hood, etc, etc... Throughout school (K-12) I didn't know shit about anything. I didn't know the importance of a high school GPA because none of my friends (at the time) did either. Nobody...
<h3>Week 1: Training </h3> You arrive through the large glass doors in your suit and tie. You went to that Brooks Brothers outlet store or Macy's store and bought the nicest white shirt you can find. Your shoes are from one of those large department stores. You even have them...
I've been doing a fair bit of thinking about the idea of a "work/life balance", and it's a topic that I encounter more often on this board than just about anywhere else, so I thought it an appropriate forum for discussion. When I was in college interviewing for the typical...
<h3>Wrapping up My Stint at an Elite Boutique Investment Bank</h3> For reference, I finished my second year as an analyst in May 2016. I did <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions ">M&A</abbr> at one of the top <abbr title="elite...
**3 reasons why <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/morgan-stanley">Morgan Stanley</a></span> is headed to zero** 1. Their CEO, James Gorman looks like a fucking muppet. He isn't even bald! 2. In 2008, the last time they were...
Monkeys, I feel that my GPA has really been holding me back lately. What are your thoughts on putting a pro forma GPA on my resume? I was thinking it would look something like the following: <img src="/files/styles/w800/public/inline/images/capture_6.png?itok=iQ9NBnFi"...
Received this floating around last week. Apparently it was written by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/barclays-capital">Barclays</a></span> kid that just left. For those of you who have bosses who love to use business metaphors and...
Hi guys, Feinstein here. Short story is, a bit over six years ago, I posted on this forum regarding a career decision on whether to stay in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or go to <abbr title="McKinsey, Bain and BCG">MBB</abbr> (<a...
As some of the firms have already started accepting applications for 2019 for <abbr title="Hong Kong">HK</abbr>/SG, I thought it's the time to start this topic for those who are specifically interested in working in <abbr title="Hong...
Burner account for venting purposes. I'm tired. I'm tired of working at a bank that never wins <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>. I bet they don't feel this way at Lazard. I'm tired of the umpteen thousandth pitch where...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in August 2007 and it's scary how accurate @bondarb" was in predicting what was to come next:</em> [quote=bondarb]<p>...it is very possible that a big name like Bear or Lehman could flat go...
I've found finance to be completely unbearable. The pay and career development is excellent but the level of work, expectations, and lack of control over your life is not worth any amount of pay. Senior employees have no guts or real business skills, or they would have gotten the hell...
Okay, I lied. This is only a don'ts list. Keep in mind, these are just some items I picked up from my experiences throughout the years. I'm not sharing this as a person who treats interns like dicks. I'm sharing this because I love y'all, and we all are here to help you...
One of the things <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> has shown me is to not always judge a book by its cover -- some of you have some real interesting things that happened to you. That said, what are some of the most strangest things that have happened to you while...
Throughout my career I was constantly reminded of how little I knew. When I interviewed for the job at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span>, as a finance major writing a...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 5/20/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a> Make sure to see the great comment below by...
When I was starting out in finance a while back, <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my first real post on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> and I...
I’ve noticed a few more UK-related questions popping up and as this site has (understandably) been very US-centric over the last 5-10 years I thought a brief overview of what the industry is like in the UK would be helpful. **Who Are The Firms?** * **Bulge Brackets** – the usual...
<span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">Being a summer analyst</a></span>/associate in investment banking is a rite of passage that you will never want to do again, but will be happy you completed. As someone who did this...
After <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ama-3rd-year-pe-associate-10bn-aum-mbolbo-equity-mezz-distressed-debt ">my AMA</a> I promised to write down some thoughts on office politics, since that was probably the topic that got the most interest from the <abbr...
I’ll start. The client’s 10-year financial projections (based on user count) were on the basis of exponential growth. And by the time he got to year 10, he didn’t have to forecast anymore because by year 8 he had already attracted 1.26 Billion Users for his app, and was raking in $636B...
<h4>TL;DR:</h4> I was a slacker through college, worked as a programmer, pivoted to <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> through <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> Associate program, hated it, went back to...