WSO Weekly Wrap-Up 09/21 - 09/27

In case you missed them, here's some of last week's most popular topics:

Hiring the Homeless to Buy Iphones

The new iPhone debuted huge last weekend, to the surprise of no one. As usual, long lines formed overnight in front of Apple stores all around the world. But things got ugly in front of the Apple store in Pasadena when the crowd found out that a guy hired homeless people to wait in line so he could buy multiple iPhones.

Current VC associate taking questions

I'm currently working as a pre-MBA associate at a leading Silicon Valley VC firm (nearly $1B in current AUM). Happy to take any questions about working as a VC associate, recruiting, etc.

How Bad Are the Politics at Your Shop?

Like many of you I'm sure, I was a bit shocked to hear of Simon Warshaw's retirement from UBS on the heels of the massive Vodaphone deal.

What movie should I watch to get pumped for an interview?

I am thinking of watching the first half of "Wall Street" and the first half of "Boiler Room" so I can catch the parts where the main characters are making cold calls, pitching stocks, working late, hustling etc.

PMs/ experienced asset managers, how confident are you really that you will beat the market/earn decent returns?

I'm trying to understand how much uncertainty there really is in the market for someone with lots of training, lots of experience, and good judgement.

Slow Young People

Articles detailing the differences between the generations seem to be oddly prolific these days. Especially those discussing how wanting the current generation is for improvement of some kind.

HBS & Hedge Fund Experience

Is it true that HBS looks down upon hedge fund experience prior to applying? They may think leadership and management ability not honed/required, not contributing to society...

AMA - MM PE Vice President - Big 10 Undergrad - No MBA

Been on and around this forum for 5+ years and have changed user names (mostly because I lost passwords) multiple times. Figured it was time to give back in some way now that I have been around the industry for a while.

Explain CMG's Valuation to Me

Who doesn't love Chipotle? Even the one here in Paris, which sucks compared to its American counterparts, is halfway decent.

Avoiding The Marriage Zone

We're all familiar with the Friend Zone and what a drag it can be to find yourself there, but today I'm going to share with you a far worse fate and why you must avoid it at all costs: The Marriage Zone.

Career Advancement Opportunities

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company 02 99.4%
  • Perella Weinberg Partners New 98.9%
  • Lazard Freres 01 98.3%
  • Harris Williams & Co. 24 97.7%
  • Goldman Sachs 16 97.1%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Harris Williams & Co. 19 99.4%
  • Lazard Freres 06 98.9%
  • JPMorgan Chase 09 98.3%
  • William Blair 03 97.7%
  • Morgan Stanley 04 97.1%

Professional Growth Opportunities

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Lazard Freres 01 99.4%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.9%
  • Perella Weinberg Partners 18 98.3%
  • Goldman Sachs 16 97.7%
  • Moelis & Company 05 97.1%

Total Avg Compensation

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (5) $648
  • Vice President (22) $375
  • Associates (94) $260
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $181
  • Intern/Summer Associate (33) $170
  • 2nd Year Analyst (69) $168
  • 1st Year Analyst (207) $159
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (151) $101
16 IB Interviews Notes

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