I'm a 1st yearand I'm pretty sure I'm going to quit after I get my 1st year bonus. I knew the hours were going to suck going into this job, but, after 6 months, I have realized what that really entails. I used to have a great balanced life, and I used to really be interested in finance before I started staring at excel and powerpoint 18 hours a day.
Everyday, I wake up and I have nothing to look forward to, except ordering Seamless Web and eating at my desk, while getting constantly interrupted. What's the point? I miss my friends. I miss my family. I have realized that the money isn't worth it. It's a high-paying job, but not a well-paying job.
We're recruiting for summer analysts, and I see how bad all these starry-eyed undergrads want the 2 spots that my group has available, and I feel bad for them. They are all working their asses off for the worst job. You should be working hard for the best, easiest job. The mentality in this industry (corporate finance, not necessarily other parts of IB) is sickening; all they care about are hours, which means there is no end, no out. There is no big payout. Every year you have to work just has hard to make that dollar. I look around the bank and all I see are brainwashed robots. I tell them that I want to start my own business one day and they say I'm crazy. They are only programmed to IB --> PE ---> MBA --> PE ---> Work ---> Die. I think it's about the journey. Life is short; you have to enjoy it. One reason I wanted to get this position was to see what it was like working all the time and making good money. I can tell you that it's not worth it (so you don't have to do this experiment). After this year, I'll go do whatever I want and have no regrets about not following the prestigious IB course, which is a big delusion (you get shit on everyday; associates shit on analysts; directors shit on associates; EDs shit on directors, etc. Bankers eat shit for a living).
However, I feel bad when I see all that all these people want my job so much, while, meantime, I want out! Does anyone else feel like this or similar? Should I quit? I mean, it's not that bad; it's just not that good. It's so boring. Not sexy. Models with boobs are sexy.'t. I feel like I'm just wasting time, watching life go by. I think I would be much happier making 60k a year, working 40 hours a week. What do you monkeys think?