2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Lifestyle (Part 8 of 10)

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How many all-nighters can you do in a row before falling asleep at your desk? While the lifestyle at investment banks is notoriously difficult, especially for analysts and associates, there are differences from bank to bank. Some will have you working close to 90 hours per week on average while others will come in with a more "manageable" 70 hours per week. Either way, if you are an investment banking analyst or associate, you can expect to be a well paid, but also married to your job 24/7. Without further ado...

Below you will find the following rankings:

1. Top 15 Investment Banks with the LONGEST HOURS. By percentile and avg hours per week.
2. Top 15 Investment Banks with the BEST WORK-LIFE BALANCE.
3. Top 15 Investment Banks with the BEST VACATION POLICY.

These firms are all ranked on a PERCENTILE basis across all 5,000 companies in the WSO Company Database based on thousands of WSO member rankings. Feel free to share the rankings below on your site by copying the html code below the graphic. Stay tuned because next Tuesday we are going to be announcing the Top 30 Investment Banks for Overall Rankings!

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Missed an earlier part of the 2014 WSO Community Rankings - Investment Banks? Click below:

Part 1: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Release Schedule
Part 2: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Career
Part 3: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Interviews
Part 4: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Promotions & Fairness
Part 5: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Compensation
Part 6: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Senior Management
Part 7: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Prestige & Pride

Comments (11)

Jan 20, 2015

BNY Melon in "Best Work/Life Balance" chart has the Bank of America logo instead of the BNY logo.

Jan 20, 2015

Love the rankings. Keep them coming!

For the hours worked, is this the average across all divisions? If so, shops like Moelis/Lazard that are primarily advisory are of course going to have higher average hours than MM or BBs with commercial banking and/or S&T where the hours are inherently lower. I find it hard to believe that this is IB only because the hours seem way too low, and if it's not, its not extremely useful because it doesn't compare apples to apples.

Jan 20, 2015

Redacted, you make a good point of pure advisory vs some commercial banking mixed into the BB averages...tough for us to pull those out (these rankings don't), but definitely something you can dig into in the WSO Company Database

Jan 21, 2015

Under "Average Hours Worked" William Blair is lined up next to the KeyBanc logo, #22

"You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right."

-Warren Buffett

Jan 21, 2015

These lists are a consistent joke. They certainly prove the poor quality of the data and make me less likely to use the company DB.

Patrick, I know you can get defensive when people make similar comments...but seriously, something has to be done here

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Jan 21, 2015

Yellow, can you be more specific? The data here is pretty clear and based on what I have heard about various cultures, lifestyle, hours, etc. they actually look VERY accurate. What would you disagree with on these rankings?

Jan 21, 2015
Jan 23, 2015

Representative data point: This Moelis employee works on average 130+ hours a week. There are many others... at least I have my stock options...

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Jan 25, 2015

@"Backpocket King" Highly doubt you work over 130hrs each and very week, if you're truly honest with yourself. Maybe once in a while, but I doubt at any investment bank would you work more than 110 hours per week on average. Also keep in mind that these are averages, so it is entirely possible that your "representative data point" is above the average provided..

Mar 25, 2015

Evercore good lifestyle balance? Ha

Mar 25, 2015
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