Bad Habits

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What bad habits (besides lack of sleep) have you all developed since you started at a bank? For example, I started biting my nails after a month on the job but had never bit them before and a friend began to mumble random finance terms in her sleep.

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Comments (55)

Nov 12, 2018

I know this isn't technically a habit since it's involuntary, but some other female analysts and I have all lost our periods from stress...

We joke it's how our bank takes care of the whole kids or career thing: just takes one option away entirely

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Nov 21, 2018

Is this sarcasm I've failed to pick up on?

Nov 12, 2018

I've noticed this in my friends and myself -- normally nice people can no longer tolerate delays / even tiny instances of wasted time (ex, my normally very easygoing friend getting overly pissed at an uber driver for taking the wrong way and costing us ~3 minutes)

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Nov 12, 2018

^THIS. Patience / wasted time is a whole different ball game now.

One of my roommates isn't in banking while the rest of us are. He gets home at ~5:30p every day and I've noticed the rest of us bitch sometimes about how the trash isn't taken out, etc. etc. We just get annoyed if stuff doesn't get done, because we'd do it if we had the time. However, at the same time, it isn't his sole responsibility to do things around the apartment.

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Nov 12, 2018

could contribute 20-50dollars each per week or something for him to house clean perhaps? or w/e is an appropriate rate so its not deeming but also not too high

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Nov 30, 2018

The classic if there's a problem throw money at it until it goes away. Support

Nov 12, 2018

@fuld4eva We may know each other. I'm the normally easy-going friend who gets pissed at Lyft/Uber. Those drivers raise my heart rate with their lack of skills. Going off that, I'm much more brusque and less likely to engage in small talk/with people.

I survive on caffeine now during the work day. I'm also someone who didn't drink coffee before starting work full time. It's gotten to the point where home-made coffee is tasteless to me because my work coffee is so strong.

My snack game is also strong. Sugar is my shit. Mixed with caffeine, my mid-day crashes are something to be seen. I say that with sadness as a former two sport athlete in HS and college.

I can out-curse any sailor and rap god now. N.W.A. and Eminem ain't got nothing on me.

I used to read the news daily and smart/classic books. Now, I have to force myself to open the Kindle app to read some best-seller.

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Nov 16, 2018

I've absolutely noticed this as well. I honk all the time, get mad at my wife/kid when they are too slow. It's like every ounce of time is precious.

Nov 12, 2018

The weird part is, no place I've worked is strict on deadlines or presents life/death situations. People roll into meetings 5-10 minutes late, it's really chill (at some places) and being too slow isn't a hindrance. I have no idea where it comes from.

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Nov 12, 2018

jerking off in the handicap toilet

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Nov 12, 2018

same tbh

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Nov 13, 2018
takenotes08:

jerking off in the handicap toilet

Rookie numbers.

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Nov 18, 2018

He didnt even say any numbers though

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Nov 14, 2018

lol same

Dec 17, 2018

Rank: Neanderthal.

Never has a rank seemed more appropriate

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Nov 12, 2018

Stimulants :(

Going through withdrawal while in banking is not something you want to attempt. To stop (again), I'd have to take a vacation during which I would be completely anxious and miserable.

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Nov 13, 2018

Constantly tapping my foot/bouncing my leg; have always had "restless leg syndrome" but seemed to get exponentially worse when I started banking. Also will run/pinch leg behind my knee when I'm stressed / hyper focused on something. Weird I know.

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Nov 12, 2018
Stringer Bell:

Constantly tapping my foot/bouncing my leg; have always had "restless leg syndrome" but seemed to get exponentially worse when I started banking. Also will run/pinch leg behind my knee when I'm stressed / hyper focused on something. Weird I know.

have you tried jerking off in the handicap toilet?

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Nov 13, 2018

If I'm pulling (tehe) an all nighter and the coast is clear post 3am, yes absolutely. It's an awesome mental reset, kind of messy though.

Nov 13, 2018

My god, I had no idea how prevalent this is lmao

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Nov 18, 2018

Technically, every toilet @GoldenCinderblock uses is a handicap toilet

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Nov 13, 2018

This thread makes me depressed... Def not looking forward to my SA stint

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Nov 13, 2018

Surely this isn't the first time you've read about a high stress job taking a negative toll on your life

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Nov 13, 2018

Nah - judging by your username we've had pretty similar experiences (mine was probably watered down though).

Just don't want to change permanently thanks to my (hopefully) 2-year banking stint

Nov 17, 2018

Literally a 100% chance you will change remarkably over the first 6 months

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Nov 30, 2018

how so?

Nov 17, 2018

Lot's of growing up, realignment of priorities, losing old friends and gaining new ones, refining your career goals in ways that are completely different from what they are now.

And I'd be remiss to not mention I also lost a LT girlfriend due to my inability to be emotionally available...

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Nov 30, 2018

Not everything has to be learned the hard way, thanks for sharing the experience!

Nov 17, 2018

FWIW I love the job, just be ready for what happens when life actually starts

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Nov 30, 2018

I can definitely see where you're coming from. That's what I enjoy about the site - it help and me envision life after school.

Dec 21, 2018

Yo, can you PM me? Would like to hear about what happened with your gf. I'll be going into a lower BB as a FT analyst next june, would appreciate getting some advice on how to manage my relationship (she's going to be attending law school ~5 blocks from my office, we'll also be living together). Thanks man.

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Nov 13, 2018

Having sex at work

Nov 13, 2018

with yourself?

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Nov 13, 2018

Yeah in the handicap toilet stall.

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Nov 13, 2018

I procrastinate on all life tasks (outside of work) for as long as possible... my apt is absolutely disgusting

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Nov 13, 2018

Getting way too upset when my Uber driver spends 10 minutes finding my pickup pin.

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Nov 18, 2018

Take yourself less seriously you're in college

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Nov 14, 2018

I detest waiting for anything

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Nov 16, 2018
  1. I think lower tolerance for time wasted/bullshit is a universal one.

I naturally have a low threshold, however, I've seen the change operate before my eyes when a friend who use to be the most chill/easygoing person to the point where it gets annoying cause he's always 30 min late to everything became a punctuality/productivity nazi after a year or so in M&A.

  1. After working non stop for 3-4 weeks, I have the tendency to treat myslef with some nice gift...I guess it's ok as long as it's not done in a haze of fatigue enduced high that causes you to spend an extra zero on wtv you're buying
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Nov 16, 2018

Little patience for people just not doing. Not getting things done, not getting to the point, not moving fast enough. At work there's no choice so it carries over. I guess I've always had this habit, but it's become magnified since I'm under that same pressure and I project on others often.

Caffeine and nicotine.

All in all though, I can't say any of these are terrible habits. I just have more appreciation for time, effort, and a couple of substances.

Nov 17, 2018

Focusing on petty stuff that literally NOBODY cares about except bankers. Like, making sure the entire 12 person email list is in descending order by title so nobody gets butthurt.

Never cared about tiny stuff like that until I started at my BB and realized (2nd hand, thankfully) that apparently some people care about things like this.

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Nov 13, 2018

You have your head up your ass if you think nobody besides bankers care about the order of contacts in an email.

You look like an idiot if the C level guy isn't first and a manager, analyst, director is ahead of him.

Applies to PE (investment team, etc.) too and probably consulting.

Dec 15, 2018
high hopes:

You have your head up your ass if you think nobody besides bankers care about the order of contacts in an email.

You look like an idiot if the C level guy isn't first and a manager, analyst, director is ahead of him.

Applies to PE (investment team, etc.) too and probably consulting.

Lol. You must be the first year associate who somehow repeatedly works into every conversation that "you're an investment banker"

Nov 13, 2018

Why are you following me across threads?

My post was reflective of my corporate experience, not a IB associate either.

Go back to asking which companies drug tests for steroids.

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Nov 30, 2018

Lmfaoooo

Nov 29, 2018

This is one of the random but actually cool things that dealsite does. Pulls emails from the WGL into an outlook message in descending order of seniority.

Dec 20, 2018

This was the biggest initial surprise when I started my internship at an alternative AM in which the team was all ex-IB

My soul is highly leveraged

Nov 18, 2018

Autoerotic asphyxiation doesn't last as long as it used to.

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

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Nov 18, 2018

Well I read in another thread that some BBs have mentally handicapped VP/MDs with families that sleep with 19-21 year old female interns. Seems like a bad habit on Wall St eh?

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Nov 21, 2018

Just Juul it

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Nov 12, 2018

Funneling Doritos into your mouth in the break room past midnight

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Dec 11, 2018

I can't stop drinking sparkling water

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