How friendly is IB to shorter men?

A friend of mine ranted how everyone in finance is 6'2 and taller. Way different than the body types found in tech (generalizing of course).

Anymore on the inside with stories of shorter guys doing well in IB?

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
2mo

Stop worrying about stuff out of your control (height), start working on things in your control (attitude, preparation, work ethic, sociability). Ludicrous to think that any profession, other than maybe basketball, will be dictated by your height. 

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
2mo

It's really rough out there. Short guys don't even get invited to meetings sometimes because the bank wants to impress the clients with tall chads. 

I know one shorter MD (he's ~5'10") but he wears 4 inch lifts daily. 

2mo
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lifts cover the entire sole unlike heels so it's not as obvious. 2 inches is extremely common (and difficult to notice at first glance), 4 inches is definitely on the higher end for what is available. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
2mo

Oh it's real. I've seen short guys get intentionally put in the worst, most isolated cubes just so any clients that are in for meetings won't see them. The firm put all of the tall guys and the handful of attractive women right near the client boardroom. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
2mo

As a fellow short king (5'8 or 9 depending on whether I wanna round on my Hinge profile) I've noticed that either I'm a good bit taller than the shorter guys in the office or the tall guys tower way over me.

Idk where I'm going with this, just think it's odd that like 5% of the guys are around 5'5" and then almost all the rest are 6 foot or above

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
2mo

Your height is not why you struggle to win offers through virtual interviews.

  • PM in HF - Other
2mo
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burnered99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's bad out here, i'm 5'7 and seniors (average 6'3) do not even acknowledge me when we cross paths because they can't see me.

My job's in jeopardy now given current economy situation & poor visibility.

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Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As a tall person, I wish this was true.  I think its overblown to the point of being almost a myth.  I know there's studies but they're from a different time.  Also, much of the advantage to height is probably felt in the developmental years.  By the time someone is adult age, those effects have played out.  So I'm doubtful of the continuing advantages to height beyond that.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
2mo

yes very true

I am a 5ft female who doesn't really wear heels so has been tough haha

2mo
jarstar1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just a little data, 6'2 is the 96th percentile for US men. So unless banking is literally only taking the top 4% of men, by height, then there will be people shorter than that. 

A few random data points that don't have any statistical significance: In my current office I'm only taller than one other guy in my office (of about 10) and I'm 5'10. At my old place I was taller than the CEO and COO, the latter of whom was easily at 5'6. I'm crushing it regardless of the height of my peers tho, so can you. 

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JodyMeeks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm 5'10 on a good day and am taller than a solid 80% of the bankers at my bank. Most of them estimate my height to be 6'2 when it's nowhere close to that. Keep your chins up kings. Height overestimation is real and the average still is somewhere around 5'8 (same as anywhere else in the US)

2mo
Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If anything they do better.  Several MD's were short in my banking time.  Maybe the Napoleon thing gives them drive & ambition, I don't know.

2mo
Gucci Loafers, what's your opinion? Comment below:

short people tend to be very driven and bring a lot of business due to their napoleon complex, so being short is an advantage

2mo
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bruce Wasserstein literally looked like Danny Devito when he played the penguin in Batman. I had the unfortunate privilege of seeing him in a man-kini at his Hamptons house. Not a pretty sight - sick house though and a nice guy. My buddy was dating his daughter. 

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ConfusedGuru, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I never understood the height thing. If you step outside the Reddit bubble into real life, you see how little it seems to matter. Tbh if you are taller than 6'4 and not playing basketball it's kind of an L - most things in life are built for average height men so a lot of situations are uncomfortable, you tend to have back/spine problems, and lower lifespan as well. Unless you're like 5'2, I've seen what matters more (as cheesy as it is) is confidence and the way someone carries themselves. I have friends that are like 5'6 that can command a room just because of their insane charisma - it's like they have a gravitational force field. On the flipside, there are a ton of tall, awkwardly lanky shy dudes that will be stuck in some back-office job commanding 0 respect.

2mo
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:
ConfusedGuru

I never understood the height thing. If you step outside the Reddit bubble into real life, you see how little it seems to matter. Tbh if you are taller than 6'4 and not playing basketball it's kind of an L - most things in life are built for average height men so a lot of situations are uncomfortable, you tend to have back/spine problems, and lower lifespan as well. Unless you're like 5'2, I've seen what matters more (as cheesy as it is) is confidence and the way someone carries themselves. I have friends that are like 5'6 that can command a room just because of their insane charisma - it's like they have a gravitational force field. On the flipside, there are a ton of tall, awkwardly lanky shy dudes that will be stuck in some back-office job commanding 0 respect.

This. I'm 6'2 and flying outside of first class sucks. I struggle to drive smaller cars. Most of the world seems to be designed for and by shorter people. My dad was 6'5 and ran into even more problems like buying suits, shoes, etc. 

2mo
yuzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All true. My father is 6'8" and can't fit anywhere comfortably. Clothes cost him far more than they cost a normal guy. Plus, it's always low-hanging fruit. People make the same jokes every day, and you hear them thousands of times.

Thank God I'm 5'11" (yes yes harhar, my mother is short and I look just like him). I'm average-looking at best and have zero game, but women still fawn over me and tell me how tall I am. 5'9" to 5'11" is plenty tall. Any more just isn't worth it.

Too many Napoleon complexes in this thread. It's weird how height has gotten so tied up with incel culture recently. I blame /fit/ mog threads.

2mo
Miracle1111, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I get into arguments with people all the time over this. It's crazy how many kids out here think their life is over because they never hit 6ft. I think the internet allows people to exaggerate certain things. If you look on the internet, anyone under 6ft. isn't considered human, women won't date them, and they can't get leadership positions. If you go outside, you see 5'7" men with girlfriends and families all the time. Jeff Bezos is 5'7". Most famous rappers are less than 6ft. Justin Bieber is 5'9". Let the internet tell it he couldn't get a girlfriend if his life depended on it because of his height. Isn't Tom Cruise like 5'7" or something, and he's considered an international sex symbol? Mayweather is like 5'7" or 5'8," and he has all these women giving him baths on Instagram. Zuckerberg, Gates, Buffett, and Dorsey are all shorter than 6ft. Kevin Hart made a whole career about his height at 5'2". Jocko and Joe Rogan are like 5'6" or 5'7" or something. I bet if Jocko had wanted to become a banker after the SEALs, he would have made MD pretty fast, and no one would treat him like he's a pussy. If you walk out into the world defeated over things you cannot change, then people will pick up on that energy, and your height negatively affecting you will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Yeah, some people will mistreat short people, but those same people probably mistreat servers, are rude to their mothers, don't consider Cornell a real Ivy, and they don't like anyone that did not go to an Ivy. I'm trying to say that they're probably people you wouldn't want near you anyway. If a company is treating you poorly because of your height, leave, but it's probably not your height holding you back.

Just be a badass and take control of everything in your control, and you will have a good life. If you go up to a girl and be like, "You'll probably say no because I'm not 6ft, but will you go out with me?" of course, she's not going to take you seriously. If you can't look your MD or anyone in the eye because you're shorter than them, and YOU think you're less of a human being then, of course, they're going to stick you in the corner until you quit.

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