What would happen if I treated this job like it was just a job…

Started FT three months ago and I’m acutely aware that I don’t care for this job.

I just want to do my time and get out, and there’s nothing more to it - shooting for the bare minimum amount of effort / work required. I spend all my down time looking at other job postings even though I just started.

I don’t think I’ll even stay in finance after this job, so burning bridges with seniors is not much of a concern for me.

How long do you think I can keep this up before higher ups take notice and I get fired.

The money and prestige is nice but not nice enough to forgo my personal relationships and time with family and friends who think I’m crazy when I explain the basic characteristics of my job as an analyst.

I don’t think I fully understood what the job entailed when I recruited. Knowing about the hours vs. actually working them is very different.

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If it were 2021, you could easily be a bottom bucket analyst and survive 2 years. You would get yelled at, crappy bonus, and everyone would hate you but getting truly fired as an analyst is tough. There was an analyst in my class that was truly horrible - unresponsive after 8pm, no weekend work, etc. After a few months multiple MDs just refused to work with him and he ended up just sitting around unstaffed for months. At his one year review they basically asked him nicely to get out and he eventually found a new job and left. But at this point he was over a year in and no true firing in sight. Banks don’t want to get sued and firing an analyst is likely not worth the hassle most of the time.

Today, you’d just be top of the stack for layoffs, which unfortunately is happening everywhere. Know a few firms laid off analysts with  



If the market gets better could someone get away with like 50/60 hrs a week and stay for two years?

Honestly you could get away with this now just say you’re tied up more often than you are. Don’t respond past 1 unless absolutely essential (active workstream from earlier in evening or absolutely is critical to an event the next day). You could get low middle bucket applying this mentality (can also get bottom), but you’ll still be overworked overpaid banker either way. Might as well make life easier for yourself


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