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Nov 12, 2018 - 12:38am

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

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:53am

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)

Nov 12, 2018 - 12:56pm

^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 - 9:41pm

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.

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:27pm

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.

Lawyer turned VC, turned banker, turned VC and never leaving again.
Nov 28, 2018 - 2:08pm

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.

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:41am

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 13, 2018 - 5:37am

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.

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Nov 13, 2018 - 2:05pm

with yourself?

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Nov 16, 2018 - 12:36pm
  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
Nov 16, 2018 - 2:46pm

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 18, 2018 - 3:52am

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 - 8:01pm
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"

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Nov 29, 2018 - 1:52pm

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 - 11:00pm

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

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Nov 18, 2018 - 8:57am

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 - 4:54pm

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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