Comments (89)

May 22, 2015

You'll be given a Blackberry. Most banks won't go through the hassle of setting up Good for interns. It's better to keep personal and work phones separate anyways.

May 23, 2015

It probably varies by bank, but when I was an intern, most just got the app you reference (it's called the "Good" app). People that did not have a smart phone were given Blackberries, however.

May 23, 2015

We had the option of using either Good or getting a blackberry. Definitely get the blackberry if you have a choice.

May 25, 2015

what's a blackberry ?

WSO's COO (Chief Operating Orangutan) | My Linkedin

    • 1
May 25, 2015

I used the Good app last summer, but the Blackberry def would've been the way to go. That app is shit.

Jan 5, 2016

sorry to revive an old thread...but I heard JPM is done with issuing BBs, can anyone confirm this??

Jan 5, 2016

I would like to know the answer to this question as well!

Banking.

Jan 5, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/4o2xoht
//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/are-sa-given-blackb...internships-in-ny-or-london

Now I can say you can go do some research next time you have a question

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Jan 5, 2016
blackfinancier:

http://tinyurl.com/4o2xoht
//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/are-sa-given-blackb...internships-in-ny-or-london

Now I can say you can go do some research next time you have a question

blackfinancier wins again

Jan 5, 2016

Yes, you will get a blackberry (no idea why you'd want one) and you will not be allowed to use your smart phone. Remember this is all privileged communication.

Jan 5, 2016

If you are S&T you might not get one, but IBD for sure. And yes they do suck, dont wish for one

Jan 5, 2016

well god damnit that's gonna suck

Jan 5, 2016

Thanks- yes, will use the search function next time.

Jan 5, 2016

usually, they're pretty crappy blackberries too.

Jan 5, 2016

not necessarily but be happy if not.

Jan 5, 2016

Not necessary -- you'll likely spend most of your waking hours in the office anyways. Most banks also offer a way to check your email off the network (i.e. you can check it from a home computer), and will want you to check every couple of hours when you're not in the office (weekend afternoons, if you're not already there).

Though, from what I've heard, some BBs do give out a data Blackberry to each of its summers... I know my bank doesn't, but some do. If they don't, I wouldn't bother getting one just for the job -- only do it if you want a Blackberry for personal reasons.

Jan 5, 2016

I think most places do give you a blackberry. Me and all my friends had it for our SAs.

Jan 5, 2016

All BB's give out blackberries, even lower BB's like DB/UBS/WF.

Jan 5, 2016

They Give You Everything. Don't worry.

Jan 5, 2016

yes

Jan 5, 2016

no

Jan 5, 2016
gamenumbers:

no

false

Jan 5, 2016

Yes. But trust me, you'll hate it once you've got it. Leaves you with no excuse for why you didn't go into work on a Sunday at 8am.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

Jan 5, 2016

Yes, but usually no voice - only email

Jan 5, 2016
TM:

Yes, but usually no voice - only email

Eh.

Depends on the firm. I had voice. I used to forward calls from my desk to my BB or use my BB for Saturday morning calls.

Jan 5, 2016

I actually wanted to know this too. Good to hear, bad to hear. Oh well, might as well get used to the cuffs early.

Jan 5, 2016

Have never seen/heard of any London SAs getting blackberries..

Jan 5, 2016

Yes. It is literally a blackberry. Enjoy it slowly.

Jan 5, 2016

yes you get them. ive made international calls with my BB hahah...

Jan 5, 2016

I thought they just put a chip in your neck and gave you a slight shock anytime they needed you to report to an associate's office?

Jan 5, 2016

On a serious note though -- really be careful with what you send on BB/ office email/ interweb messengers for those firms that have it.

I definitely sent out some very, very, highly questionable emails with the firms account and luckily nothing happened. On the other hand, one of my friends at another firm was joking around with some other interns... got called down to compliance who promptly had a printout of his "jokes"

Jan 5, 2016

For IBD u will get one, prob not for S&T

Jan 5, 2016

Depends on the BB, some give out Blackberrys, some don't.

Jan 5, 2016

It's probable, and no, you don't want it...

Jan 5, 2016

Most likely not. It's not like banking where your boss will call you into the office on the weekends or late at night. You'll be working market hours +2-3 before and 2 after.

Jan 5, 2016

You will not.

Jan 5, 2016

From what I know, summer analysts at UBS do not receive blackberries.

Jan 5, 2016

get $25 a night for meals, cabs/black car service if u work after 9pm and on weekends...no crackberries (be thankful for that)

Jan 5, 2016

yeah, you get reimbursed for food expenses

Jan 5, 2016

Isn't it more difficult without a blackberry? Normally they call you in if something urgent needs to be done. Wouldn't you have to just live at the office 24/7 so you don't miss anything that needs to be done? I know you're there most of the time anyways, but even more so without a Blackberry.

Jan 5, 2016

short answer- you will be in the office more w/out a bberry.

few threads on this, search for more info.

  • b
  •  Jan 5, 2016

How else would they chain you to work when your outside of the office...?

Jan 5, 2016

I think most banks will. Both banks I have worked at gave the Summers a blackberry. But they usually were the Full times old ones....

Jan 5, 2016

Not at my bank. SAs did not get a blackberry.

Not surprising though - what a pain in the ass to transfer a plan and number for 2-3 months.

Jan 5, 2016

nice. i was going to buy one, but it i guess i'll hold off.

Jan 5, 2016

any real banks. and no, it's not nice. you will fucking hate that thing. haha

Jan 5, 2016

Will s&t or other divisions get it?

    • 1
Jan 5, 2016

But surely they expect you to return the blackberry after your stint or is it yours to keep?

Jan 5, 2016

The dingle is cool until your boss wakes you up at 3 am and you start having having false vibrating sensations in your pocket and you see the blinking red light of a missed call/message. I'm with Nietzsche...F technology

Jan 5, 2016

For about a day. Then you realize that every time that red light goes off, something's wrong and it's probably your job to fix it.

Jan 5, 2016

I was able to argue my need for a blackberry and they gave me a Curve for the summer. Only data, though -- no voice plan.

Jan 5, 2016

I hope only IBD has to get it?

Jan 5, 2016

i dont see why the s&t kids would get one. not much going on after everybody leaves the desk..

Jan 5, 2016

How else would I chain summer interns to their desks and make them do all my work?

Not sure about S&T, don't think there's too much of a need.

And yes, the Blackberry is cool for about a day until you start waking up to vibrations from emails sent in Dubai in the middle of the night and having nightmares about the flashing red light.

Unfortunately, even more jobs outside banking are starting to use the Blackberry... fun times.

Jan 5, 2016

I really hope S&T summers dont get one. Ill probably lose it.

Jan 5, 2016

I hope you guys don't get one

I'm pretty sure all corp fin analysts do

S&T dependss on the firm

and yes you return it

Jan 5, 2016

The BB is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I have nervous ticks where I constantly check it. I am always "on" - god help me.

Jan 5, 2016

go chelsea.

didn't get one last summer at a bb. was a blessing. you don't really want one - people will call if they need you.

i just got into a habit of coming into the office on the weekends at 1130am and then talking to my teams. was able to get anything done that needed to be done.

Jan 5, 2016

believe me, you don't want one. everytime i feel that buzzing in my pocket, i die a little inside. with the blackberry, the fun truly does never end...

Jan 5, 2016

only redeemable feature is brickbreaker, which is addictive and has nearly caused fistfights over high scores in my group....

Jan 5, 2016

I'm still in school and I saw my buddy who sat next to me in accounting yesterday get all the way to level 34 on brickbreaker, in class. And then he kept going... was I easily impressed?

Jan 5, 2016

X3,

Getting to level 34 isnt that impressive...but getting to level 34 on the third time through is. Each time you beat the game you start at level 1 and begin again. I will have to say that the hardest level of brickbreaker is the "U" Thoughts?

Jan 5, 2016

I worked in a smaller office, made my case to head of the office and got the Curve last summer. No voice, only data.

Jan 5, 2016

You get a blackberry with internet and email access only, no voice option for SAs. You may think it's cool to have one at first, but believe me you will get sick of it buzzing at you in the middle of the night.

Jan 5, 2016

The world has changed. And we must change with it.

I'm making it up as I go along.

Jan 5, 2016

The SAs at my bank did, and the cool factor wanes quickly.

You will cringe when that red light appears, and your Crackberry vibrates. I will say that I did have separation anxiety when I had to give it back at the end of the summer.

Jan 5, 2016

cutting expenses - this yr, you will be given a walkie talkie...so don't stray too far from the office. good luck

Jan 5, 2016

lol... i heard SA's dont. And if you do, it's used.

As for phones, just unlock your cell phone (if you're AT&T its free) before you go and buy the prepaid chips. They're pretty cheap. Something like 7hkd cents / minute? I forget.

Jan 5, 2016

yes, and you better leave that bitch on LOUD when you leave the office

Jan 5, 2016

ibhopeful- does the unlocking thing work for un-jailbroken iPhone 3Gs? Will AT&T do it for me if I take my phone in?

Jan 5, 2016

I didn't get one last summer.

Jan 5, 2016

I know GS and Lehman summers get them.. Not sure about the others.

Jan 5, 2016

That's interesting that Lehman summers get them since I've always heard of them as a very cost conscious firm.

Jan 5, 2016

Does every division get them or just front office?

Jan 5, 2016

omg! summer analysts get blackberrys???!!! I hope you guys are joking!

Jan 5, 2016

Most summer analysts get blackberrys at BBs. The only banks that don't give them that I know are UBS, CS and DB. This is a debated topic on this forum (there are other threads about it) but I think they make ur life much easier.

Jan 5, 2016
Comment
Jan 5, 2016
Jan 5, 2016
Jan 5, 2016