Curious about the dumbest things you've ever said in an interview that make for a funny story. I had a coffee meet with associate/vp today (family friend). I have f'd up couliflower ears from wrestling/mma. The associate was a wrestler and commented something along the lines of...
I turned 30 last week, thought i'd pass some advice and my favorite quotations on to you all. I pulled all these from my <em>grand</em> list so it is by no means comprehensive, just a sample. Enjoy. fwiw I'm ex finance (spent 3 years in <abbr title="investment...
What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it? <em> #8 top discussion of 2018 </em>
Viewer discretion advised. This is mostly a rant and I apologize in advance. But hey, sometimes <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> gets a little dry so we gotta spice this up a bit. Love y'all btw. 1. Recruiters can lick every inch of my ball$ack....
**Update:** See the Non-Target Edition <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/by-popular-demand-ranking-the-douchiest-people-you-will-meet-on-wall-street-non-target"> here</a>. <h3>The HPY Kiss Ass:</h3> Imagine this: The entire analyst class has to...
Hey guys. I'm a 29 year old white male with a loving wife and 1 year old son. I went to a state school (Cal State Fullerton), graduated with a 3.1 GPA (didn't give a crap about school, just partied) and then got a sales job. Then I busted my ass (I'm not analytical or smart, but...
So I've had this hunch for a while and wanted to get others thoughts. Before you think I'm crazy and sleep deprived just look at the evidence I am about to bestow upon you all. Over the past year I've been growing suspicious that my MD is a vampire... There are several reasons...
As you probably saw this morning with a headline along the lines of “Google Anti-Diversity Memo” or something similar, someone at Google wrote a 10-page piece that challenges the status quo regarding the gender gap. The actual title is “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” and by the...
I'll start us off. The first one is not quite dumb, but funny nonetheless. I applied to a retail banking (teller position) internship years ago to get some first-hand interviewing experience, knowing very well I didn't want to go into retail banking. When the interview was over, I...
My dad and mom, who are poor, but sacrificed a lot for me (working 2 jobs, working on weekends, etc.), I'm sending them off to a nice long vacation, all paid by me. What have you guys done for your parents, just out of curiosity? Also paid off all of their debt they had (under 5k). Seems...
**Most Prestigious Cities:** Gods of Prestige: New York, Hong Kong, London Very Prestigious: Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore, Zurich, Frankfurt Prestigious: Charlotte, Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston Meh: Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia F*ck Your Life:...
Dances With Newfoundland
Recently, as I contemplate my life in this soulless dystopian tech city, I cannot help but fantasize about Chicago and how awesome that city really is. So underrated. The only true negative is the winters. Consider the following: 1. Very cheap for a major city, especially rent. There are...
As much as Donald Trump? In the last week we've seen proposed plans come out of the white house that: Gut medicaid and limit access to low cost private insurance Cut low income housing programs Cut low income food programs Cut after school and summer programs primarily attended by...
Hey boys, I'm in a bit of a pickle here at work and I need some opinions on how much shit I'm realistically in. For context, I am a top-performing second year analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Pretty self-explanatory: just looking for traits/habits/characteristics of interns that really piss you off and might preclude them from getting a <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> offer.
Patrick surprised me by getting a site feature implemented within 36 hours of its suggestion (context [here](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-wso-serving-its-purpose-still?page=0#comment-1644284)). I want to test out the new feature where only Certified Users can respond, so I took a...
Who saw the interview with Kellyanne Conway on Meet the Press this morning where she outlined the "alternative facts" the press secretary was offering yesterday about the about the size of the crowd at the inauguration on Friday? Truly bizarre that White House representatives are...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/burnout-life-choices#comment-1707407">make sure to see the top comment below</a> by user APAE</em> All, Created a burner account here to talk about burnout and life choices. For...
Lol definitely want to hear what some of you have to say about this. I'm sure there are some good stories out there.
Is it just me or is it cringeworthy when someone lists experiences such as "Pizza Hut Delivery Guy" on their LinkedIn profile? Or how about that person that has 6 languages on their profile 4 of them being listed down as "Elementary Proficiency". Or those profiles that have...
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I'm 25, and I feel like I have hardly any money saved. I'm looking at going to b-school soon, and will definitely have to take out loans. I don't think that's surprising, but it just got me thinking about how much is normal to have accumulated at this point in my...
Ouch... prestige attempts done the wrong way AND caught no less! Prosecutors filed charges against 33 parents, accused of paying between $200,000 and $6.5 million to get their children into elite universities. Those indicted include actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman [actress and...
Disclaimer: I abhor both candidates who captivated the nation Tuesday evening as their bizarre and disgusting efforts over the past year that made our country look like a flaming pile of shit in a paper bag, desperate to be stamped out, reached their ultimate climax. I wrote recently about both...
More geared towards the guys who are out of college and actually working full time, especially those in their 20s. For the guys in here who don't have a girlfriend/wife, what are you doing with your lives outside of work?
I’m in a corporate politics situation, which is an arena I’m not very experienced in, and am coming to you for advice. Please keep replies relevant to the topic at hand and not just calling me a bad person and whatnot. If you’re one of those “gung ho off to work we go” people who...
Surely I'm not the only one here who watches Tucker... Did anyone else see the girl he had on who was an illegal immigrant who became a VP at GS? <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZjR3xLN6IyA" frameborder="0"...
Monkeys, one of the best aspects about this community is that people talk about their stories and opinions in a candid way. I was reading this [article](https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/millennials-with-rich-parents/398501/?utm_source=atlfb) which said that millennials...
Dances With Newfoundland
As an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> graduate from a top program currently working at a FAANG tech firm, I have to get this off my chest. Tech has been super hot at <abbr title="Masters in Business...
Bernie L Madoff
Examples: -"We have great team culture" -> they are neutral with each other -"Facetime is not required" -> but they'll call you out if you don't show up -"We love you / We want you to come in immediately" -> they actually can't f***king...
If you haven't seen it yet, a picture has gone viral of someone humping the "fearless girl" statue that faces the Wall Street Charging Bull. According to a Huffington Post <a...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/30/10. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going around...
It seems like lately there have been more posts about saving money and how to accomplish fiscal responsibility. That's nice and all, but everyone splurges on something, no matter how fiscally conservative they are. I happen to think a topic like this would be a lot more interesting than...
In which direction is this world heading? I don´t think there is anything I hate more than Liberals. What do you guys think causes this "trend"? - http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/NYC-releases-gender-list/2016/06/01/id/731809/ -...
What's something you said in an interview that made you want to bitchslap yourself? I'll start. Back when I was a junior looking for <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> positions in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>, I...
Hello, I am not proud of what I have done but I think the US academic pushed me to focus too much on academics rather than the actual content. Background: I am an international student and my undergrad was business, I had the chance to be accepted in an intensive computer science grad...
***Disclaimer*** I realize this question is geared toward men. I would appreciate female input as well, but my assumption is most women expect/want their husband or future husband to work. Also, just to cover my bases, I don't assume men are the only ones married to wives and women the only...
Now that we've seen half of the candidates duke it out tonight, the NYT poses the question that has been on every Dem's mind for a while: <h4>Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate</h4> Should Democrats rally behind Mr. Biden, a moderate who is...
I have a friend who’s doing a summer internship at a bank (not <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr>, but a smaller place). His boss invited a bunch of the employees on his boat July 4th and all was good… until the boss broke out the Old School joint and started...
Fear The Bulge
Welcome to a personal rant. I don't care that this looks like a Buzzfeed listicle, because I've got a bone to pick and my opinions matter the most. Here are the five types at my gym that I wish would instantly disappear, leaving only me and the other swole gods, and a bunch of hot...
At the private school that I attend, and at most colleges and universities in America, political correctness rules. Students on college campuses have developed an almost Orwellian newspeak and become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and constantly afraid of being labeled with the slew...
Donald Trump has finally released his plans for his business empire. Trump announced that he would turn over complete control to his sons as well as divert any foreign hotel revenue earned into the US Treasury. Trump was quoted as saying: [quote] Over the weekend I was offered $2 billion...
I'm a college sophomore at a target, and currently at about $2 million altogether. I've been involved in the Bitcoin community for a couple years now. I cashed out $1 million into fiat, and I still have $1 million invested in crypto currencies. My initial investment was $25K, from...
I'll start. Mine is more or less James Franco, but backwards. Woah, genius. I know. It took me a while to come up with this one.
Very simply who is your favorite billionaire? I 'd have to go with Rupert Murdoch or Henry Kravis...
Have a long night ahead and could use a distraction every hour or so What is your hardest take... on anything. I'm talking hardest take possible. Fire away
So I go to a top school, so think Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. And coming in, I almost felt a sort of insecurity, because I thought that I would be up against the grinders whom I knew in high school, and against kids who went to the best boarding schools, which everyone knows prepare kids well....
In light of the “Piper Jaffray: Sweatier Than Ever in 2018” thread ([link](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/piper-jaffray-sweatier-than-ever-in-2018)), I was inspired to share the biggest professional regret of my career so far, however early in my career that it may...
There are plenty of posts on here about whether or not <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or other finance jobs are "worth it." However, I haven't seen many posts on whether or not people on here think that they're worth all of the benefits that...
Finance attracts a lot of people who like to work hard and play hard. Financial professionals may work brutal hours and have to deal with high levels of pressure, but they also make lots of money, work prestigious jobs, and can afford to drop cash on nights out. So what are some of your...
I don't see the issue with deporting Illegal Aliens or excluding groups of people from countries that are known for producing terrorists. I don't see the issue with dismantling the H1B program and putting Americans at work. Not importing people from India and China, pay them for cheap...
Bridgewater's Ray Dalio [wrote a post about "Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed,"](https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-how-capitalism-needs-reformed-parts-1-2-ray-dalio/?published=t/) claiming that the outcomes of capitalism are no longer consistent with the system’s...
What technological advancements or updated social norms are you not following? I like to think I'm a pretty forward-thinking guy but I still always prefer to pay with a card/cash, over using Apple Pay on my phone. What are you old-fashioned about?
To IB or not to IB
Hey Monkeys, Read up on this [article](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-21/america-is-now-a-second-tier-country) from Bloomberg. The article is based on the Social Progress Index report that is published annually by non-profit organization Social Progress Imperative. I did...
Liquor, hash, Mary Jane, Molly - what's your preferred substance when it comes to taking the edge off or making things just interesting enough? I've gone through a few, including all of the above, a few hallucinogens, some experimental stuff that is said to be produced by the brain...
I already have 3 patagucci vests (1 monogrammed, 2 vanilla) with my 1987 thinkpad coming in the mail, my JUUL is custom engraved with "SHORT VIX", and I have "Incoming Interviewer for Goldman Sachs Risk Management Division in New Jersey" on my LinkedIn Premium profile. What...
The other day I read an article from Bloomberg saying that this year a record number of candidates enrolled this June. Idk, but in my eyes when something becomes accessible to so many random people it losses its prestige. Over years I predict having the <abbr title="Chartered Financial...
Working 55-60 hour weeks every week of the year has made me forget what it feels like having a 9-5 job. So those who do, what does it feel like?
Ladies and Gentlemen, I know a whole lot of you are in NYC or cities where vehicle ownership doesn't make sense, but if somehow you do or for others in places where you have to own a car to get around... 1. What is your current ride and why? 2. What's your dream...
The people wanted it, so you get it. **Lawyer - Prestige Pros:** -J.D. is the most prestigious post-graduate degree to have. -Extremely well read and versed in history - which makes for prestigious dinner conversations. -Wields influence over the legal system, and influence is one of...
Excuse the rant, sometimes you have to air it out, and this place has made me who I am today, and I'm sure many individuals feel the same way I think. <h3>I sacrificed everything to break in</h3> I don't know where I went wrong, two years ago, when I had nothing and...
How's it going you filthy Monkeys? As we talk about our professional life and career aspirations on a daily basis, I became a little curious. *What do you animals actually end up doing on the weekends?* Unfortunately I have to do the whole dinner and a movie routine with the old...
<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12.</em> I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading <a...
With the holidays approaching, I'm curious how you all deal with the awkward family gatherings. More specifically, does anyone else feel despised by their own family now in regards to their career choice? Personally, I have a VERY blue collar family. My immediate family consists of...
I've been using linkedin for a couple months now and it's ridiculous how many people give themselves big titles like "CEO" when they haven't even graduated college. It seems like my generation is **obsessed with entrepreneurship** - so much so they start to *"fake...
Hey all, so the question is relatively straightforward. Specifically for monkeys in their 30s/40s, where are you in your career right now vs. where you thought you would be in your 20s? This can include job function (ex. moving from <abbr title="investment...
I have a super slow day at work today and found myself thinking about some ridiculous travel stories I've had from the past few years and want to canvas <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> for some of your own. Can be anything from a weird or funny adventure to...
When you got your first bonus, how did you feel? how did you spend it? How much of it did you save? How are you spending your bonuses now?
I'm a lot more ambitious than people around me and how I just can't relate with them because they have no aspirations, don't plan long term, etc.(I go to a non-target state school) It got me thinking about why I'm so professionally focused and want to get into a top firm and...
After reading about the taxes on bonus thread, I am now curious about the political breakdown of users on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, and I'm sure you are too, so I'm making a quick, anonymous and simple poll. Please vote and fill out as best as...
After a long day of watching our dickhead CFO haze the new analysts with his miserable sense of humor, I've been reflecting about some of the biggest dickhead moves I've ever seen a superior pull on a subordinate in the office. I think my top three are... 1) During Christmas party a...
Currently being in the hell that is non-target recruiting one exercise that I constantly do to remain optimistic is to imagine what my perfect day would look like. My perfect day would look something like this: - Wake up 4 <abbr title="asset management">AM</abbr> Run for...
What is the most prestigious job opportunity you've ever seen someone get or take directly after college?
Heard Wilbur Ross's comments early about government employees going to homeless shelters/food banks as they are on the eve of missing a second paycheck. Just wanted to hear the finance/"Oasis" thoughts on this matter. For me, on one hand, obviously this isn't right,...
Some people choose to document their entire life on Linkedin, while others prefer to keep it simple, showing the bare minimum. Personally, I like to keep mine somewhere in between. I cringe whenever I see people writing their autobiography in the summary, having an essay under each of their...
Saw the post about "Cheating Sleep". Figure I'd start a sequel. :) In all seriousness, monogamy is only beneficial for two groups of people: 1) women - they have a biological incentive, since babymaking takes 9 physical months and years of nurture / time investment. a guy...
As with many of you, I had the chance to spend some time with relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was average, to be honest. It’s always good to see loved ones, but it is a balance between hectic traveling, rushing to see as many people as possible, and if you live any significant...
You guys have any good stories? My group doesn't do anything which is probably good in terms of HR but I've heard some decent ones from some of my friends: - One group makes all the interns dress like absolute clowns during the last week of their summer. Like tuxedos to the...
Dances With Newfoundland
First, it goes without saying that men who actually rape or assault women or use their power to blackmail, threaten, or intimidate women into engaging in sex, are disgusting human beings who should be castrated and locked up. There is no excuse for it: period. At the same time though, an...
Story time. What prompted me to start this post: I was interviewed today for a <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> Role. Interview went great. Was scheduled to be 30 minutes, lasted an hour. Answered every question he threw at me as if I was Amazon's Alexa. Note:...
Looking at how outrageous the entire system has become and wondering how you guys think this will turn into. Any takers?
Associate in my mid-late twenties, my director is amazing - I just really like her. Maybe I'm telling you all because I can't tell anyone else.
Everyone deals with anxiety - to one degree or another. Some of us squash it down, some of us develop coping strategies, but nonetheless all of us know that gnawing feeling in the pit of our stomachs. That sense that things could go wrong. It’s exhausting. It takes away from the quality...
Right after the credit bubble burst in 2008, shocked, people scrambled desperately for answers. Turning to the economists, nearly all of whom failed to predict the deepest recession in decades, they asked, “What will happen next?” Having seen the obvious writing on the enormous wall...
Hey guys, I need some advice here. I work at a mid sized office with about 50 employees total. A girl from another team recently broke up with her boyfriend and has hinted that she is down a few times with flirty texts and being touchier than a co-worker should be at a work retreat. She...
I remember back when I was I kid, which wasn’t actually that long ago... I used to think everyone in high finance was like Harvey Spector or something. Found the idea of working in a place like Pearson Whatever extremely intimidating. But then I got to college, did an internship, worked as an...
For me It’s a toss up between @Isaiah_53_5" and @m_1" but I’m open to other suggestions. Anyone have any opinions on the subject? Who is the biggest douche on the site? I think we could make this annual thing similar to user of the year or whatever
I'm about sick of all the damn women (and virgins) complaining about how there aren't enough women in INSERT_CAREER_FIELD_HERE. This argument is made about minorities as well, which is similarly irritating. I'm writing this article to (brutally) highlight the things that women do...
Dances With Newfoundland
House Republicans unveiled their tax plan today, and boy do I hate it. And I'm saying this as a conservative Republican who has never voted for a Democrat. The key components of the plan are as follows: 1. Federal tax bracket will be reduced from seven to four: 39.6%, 35%, 25%,...
Pump and Dump
Is this the new age of pussyfying men? I thought most of the commercial was laughable. They even included a TYT clip in it...lol.
Any creative subtle solutions on dealing with a cocky intern who likes to re-iterate everything you say and talk over you?
The signs were all there. I wasn't a great student in college, but it wasn't the content of the work that killed me. It was the little things like attendance, being on time to things, paying attention to the instructor, setting aside time to study, and following the instructions...
In a rare moment, I've found myself at a local, wooden, quiet neighborhood bar sitting alone drinking my 3rd Budweiser with a closed out tab. I thought it a pleasant way to break up my week though I hope not to make a habit of it. With not much else to do, and tired of looking at screens...
http://www.wsj.com/articles/rigged-was-hillary-clintons-fbi-case-1476831990 Please read. I'm not a huge fan of Trump but IMO he's a better option than Hilary. Shit is so rigged... And Trump isn't like all the other puppets.
Mostly Random Dude
Since we are talking about savings and cost of living, I thought it would be interesting to share "hero to zero" stories that you have seen. I'd imagine anyone working in finance has seen at least a few cases of some dude overextending himself financially and blowing up after a...
Gents, Off topic and just out of curiosity. Being a first-generation American with strong European roots, I have always found it fascinating which substances people use to get through the week, enjoy the weekend, wake up in the morning, or fall asleep at night. ESPECIALLY here in America....
<strong>Mario</strong> - Rational asset allocator, owns a good mix of low-cost index funds and ETFS <strong>Luigi</strong> - Incapable of second level thinking, investment theses are that he "believes in it", writes disingenuous Seeking Alpha articles, has...
Including weather and job opportunities what do you guys think the best city to live in for banking is?
Any metric scale is fine (A-F, 1-10, 1-100, etc.). His approval ratings are obviously positive at this point, but I am curious to hear some monkeys' thoughts about his administration and its legacy. Just to get the ball rolling, these are a few questions that I think are relevant: What...