BAML Dress Code

Samari Gold's picture
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Anybody know the dress code at BAML? I've heard that BofA was business formal (suits required daily), whereas Merrill was business casual (dress shirts and slacks), but that now it is all business formal. Does this mean analysts wear suits everyday? Assuming not, how often is a suit worn (and how many are generally owned), and what do analysts wear instead?

Thanks.

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Feb 11, 2010

Investment Banking groups - business casual. Historically was like that at Merrill also.

Feb 11, 2010

thanks a lot. so do i even need any suits and if so how many?

Feb 11, 2010

All groups are business casual?

Boyblanco, of course you'll need a couple of suits for the one-off days when there is client interaction or you're on the other side of the interview table.

Feb 18, 2010

What? Business casual EVERYDAY? That's not true.

It's business formal (suit and tie) Mon - Thu, and business casual (no tie) on Fridays.

Feb 18, 2010

Wear a suit full of green question marks and tell people you can help them get money from the government for free to pay their bills!

Feb 18, 2010
fembotma:

Wear a suit full of green question marks and tell people you can help them get money from the government for free to pay their bills!

hahahahaha...it seems like that infomercial is never on anymore these days, it needs to make a comeback! i guess it's been replaced by gold brokers and real estate scams.

Feb 18, 2010

I currently wear a suit with dollar signs on it telling people how they can make money with $0 down in real-estate. This goes over especially well when I deal with folks in mortgage backed securities.

Feb 18, 2010

Pretty sure some groups are business casual.

Feb 24, 2010

i bought a green suit, but it doesn't have dollar signs. can those be ironed on?
haha jk

but seriously: sof_2 is that information for BAML specifically or just IBD in general. i was kind of prepared for what you are saying, but obviously some other posters are saying business casual..

Feb 27, 2010

I'm talking about BAML specifically, but I'm sure most IBDs are the same. This is first hand information, so I'm not sure what other posters are talking about. Maybe it's different for S&T and CM.

Feb 24, 2010

You can just ask HR or a few Analysts if you know which group you'll be placed in.

Feb 24, 2010

To those of you incoming FT BAML analysts, have you already been placed in specific groups?

Feb 27, 2010

HR told me which desk I'm on

Feb 27, 2010

It'll vary from office to office and group to group... in the main Houston Merrill office, the GWM groups come to work in full suit and tie and just take off their jackets when they get to work, but they throw the suit back on for meetings with clients or prospects, etc. I wasn't sure about what to wear on the first day, so I just suited up to be safe.

Feb 27, 2010

Just buy two suits prior to beginning work. You will want these regardless of how often you must wear them. Have a full wardrobe of shirts. First few days, wear the suits and get a feel for how your floor or group dresses. Most likely you will be able to ditch the tie and jacket. In the event you need more suits, you'll probably have time to pick those up on your first weekend. Simple.

Feb 27, 2010

For s&t it's business casual

Feb 27, 2010

Dude.. Just dress like the other Analysts..

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"Those who say don't know, and those who know don't say."

Feb 27, 2010

For sales, probably always keep a tie somewhere in your drawers, you never know when you have to entertain.

Feb 27, 2010

As an Analyst you'll spend most of your time pitching & schmoozing clients. You'd better have a closet full of suits. But be sure to scotch guard them, as you'll inevitably drink too much on several occasions during the summer experience & throw-up on yourself.

Professional Bro,
J. Cans

Jun 23, 2013
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