Analysts' Vacation Days

Analyst 1 in IB - Gen

What's the perception on analysts taking time off? I assume most of us were given 20 days, although I never expected to use all of them. However, I've heard that some places require analysts to take five consecutive days off at least once per year. What's the pulse on this?

I know there are past posts, but I'd like some more recent insight given the new initiatives many banks take.

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Comments (25)

May 23, 2020

I expect no vacations this year due to WFH. The fine line between work and home has been completely destroyed.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 23, 2020

why do you suspect this?

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
May 23, 2020

Normally you take a full week or so off and then a few long weekends throughout the year.

TBD on this year with COVID and WFH, but I would assume most firms would still encourage taking vacation at some point. Burnout, especially in this environment, is very real.

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
May 23, 2020

Yep typically one full week, and handful of random 3-day weekends and a couple of extra days around the holidays. I prob used 10-15 vacation days as a second year which is on the high side but not crazy if you space things out and have a good relationship with your associates/VPs.

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May 23, 2020

Surprised you all have limited vac days. My firm has unlimited vac days, allowing us to be gone for three months on end. Of course, the longest vac anyone has taken has probably been a week just like you guys so dont know how effective or better it really is...

I think you know what I am doing.

May 23, 2020

who?

May 23, 2020

I've actually heard from 2 analysts I know at FT partners that they do not get unlimited vac days. They only get 4 days a year (not including bank holidays). Insane place.

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May 24, 2020

Ok, this is objectively false. I know many analysts that have taken at least one whole week off for vacay. I don't want you spreading misinfo out there. The shop is not THAT crazy, dude.

I think you know what I am doing.

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
May 24, 2020

Unlimited vacation days is a scam used by garbage companies to avoid paying out the extra vacation days owed to employees when they leave a firm. Companies know no one can actually use those unlimited days as unlimited, and studies have shown employees at firms with unlimited vacation days tend to take less vacation than employees with a set number of days.

You don't have an awesome benefit that most other banks are lacking, you are just getting played by a cheap ass employer.

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May 24, 2020

wait, if you leave a firm, you get paid the vacation days that you didn't take? No way

I think you know what I am doing.

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
May 24, 2020

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  • Prospect in AM - Equities
May 23, 2020

Dumb question but what is the impact of the negative perception if you just max out your vac days? Especially for those second-year analysts that have signed PE already and are checking out, why would you care if people at the firm view you negatively (sorry for dumb Q but genuinely curious)

May 23, 2020

I think generally lower bonus

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
May 23, 2020

If you're a second year you should 100% take all the vacation days you can. Most people I knew in banking did a week long vacation sometime over the summer / early fall going into the second year and then took another week in the spring. Firms are probably going to knock you on the bonus if you're leaving anyway so you might as well get the time off, just request it far enough in advance so you're not screwing over your teams

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
May 23, 2020

Including holidays I was off like 14 days my first 6 months

May 23, 2020

LOL vacation days, you mean work from vacation days?

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May 24, 2020

Wouldn't recommend planning a vacation as an analyst...unless its a day or two or your manager/firm makes you take it..At least that was the culture at my bank

May 24, 2020

Completely disagree. You sound like the budding PJT VP. Analysts are most likely to get burnt out in IB because they're working the longest hours and they're fresh out of college. They need time to rejuvenate too, as we're humans.

Nothing wrong with stepping back and taking a vacation every so often. Just don't do it regularly or take more than two weeks off in a year.

I think you know what I am doing.

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May 24, 2020

Definitely not true - would highly recommend not working for a bank / group if this is the type of "culture" that people accept

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
May 24, 2020

what a tool, i took 10 business days (if not more) worth of vacation days my first year and still got top bucket

May 24, 2020

Wouldn't recommend working for a firm (or VP) with this sort of attitude, "unspoken" or otherwise. You work like a dog in the role; taking off a week or [gasp] two every year a) won't cripple your deal teams and b) will go a long way towards preventing you from going nuts -- there's a lot more to life than turning .ppt comments at 2AM (for 52 weeks a year, apparently).

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 24, 2020

i heard there are 0 vacation days as an analyst in S&T...

May 24, 2020
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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 24, 2020