Longtime lurker posting from a new account.
Apologies for the coming rant. I could use some perspective / advice.
First a bit of background - graduated from M7 MBA ~year and half ago, 2nd year associate incoverage in NYC. Group is well regarded, but not -level well-regarded. Ranked middle bucket, with good support in the group / decent mentorship.
Rant: I've been on ~1.5 - 2 live deals in the last 6 months, and frankly on 1 of those deals, the analyst did most of the "interesting" work, and we were both micromanaged pretty heavily by a VP. I get it - didn't go to B school to be the analyst, but I struggle to see where I'm adding value when squeezed between a strong VP and strong analyst...
That wouldn't be so bad if we weren't constantly churning out mindless pitches & "discussion materials". Seriously what software company needs 20+ pages of generic appendix info? Is that a good use of anyone's time? On these pitches, I generally have an analyst under me, but as a more junior associate, oftentimes I'm getting dumped with the work. I'm a team player, and I get it -- live deal takes priority -- but some days I'm sitting here wondering WTF I'm spending my 30s on... assembling pitch pages that no one reads? massaging / reordering logos? Making mindless / endless profiles? Even when the analyst can make the pages, I'm still checking them / helping assemble.
I don't want to complain internally, because don't want to be seen as a whiner. Posting here instead. Anyone else in a similar boat? Whats up folks?
EDIT: Removing some of my background to be less identifiable ;)