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  • Intern in PE - Other
Jul 2, 2020 - 3:22pm

I've heard some ECM / DCM groups are a bit more chill. Outside of that, I would maybe solve to optimize the worst deal flow with the largest analyst classes. idk, maybe that optimization would spit out groups that are just pitching all the time and working the same hours... but in general the better the deal flow and smaller the analyst class, the harder you are worked... so maybe the opposite would solve to a relatively "chill" experience

Jul 2, 2020 - 3:28pm

I wish instead of people saying the bank "has a good culture" they would just say its chill.

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  • Associate 2 in IB - Gen
Jul 2, 2020 - 6:10pm

I have a few friends at nearly every BB/EB in NYC, and Barclays has the chillest hours/most relaxed vibe. Apparently this doesn't apply to Technology or Industrials.

Anecdotally, heard some banks in LA are also great.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 2, 2020 - 10:24pm

That's interesting because I thought being at the whim of sponsors would lead to worse culture/ work-life balance.

Jul 3, 2020 - 2:18am

Can second this as well - FSG often left around 8 or 9 pm consistently. Some late nighters but that was for the closing stages of bake offs or live trans. Heavy lifting was mostly dependent on the sector bankers side of the deal team.

For banks without a "dedicated" FSG team, this would translate to the Lev Fin group but again would depend on deal flow. Some parts of the year could be sponsor heavy while the other parts are more issuance based.

Jul 2, 2020 - 11:14pm

RBC SF and that bank I can't mention well, that's not waht you think but something to consider and think about as you talk and networkw tih people .

Will update my computer soon and leave Incognito so I will disappear forever. How did I achieve Neanderthal by trolling? Some people are after me so need to close account for safety.
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Jul 4, 2020 - 11:40pm

All of you always get on me for being that guy who mentions that firm and now uo don't even help the forum out anymore? You all are no better than me, hypocrites.

I will say the name and you all will not mind: FT Partners.

Will update my computer soon and leave Incognito so I will disappear forever. How did I achieve Neanderthal by trolling? Some people are after me so need to close account for safety.
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020 - 11:28pm

don't think this is true. Known as a great culture shop but good culture != good hours. Blair can definitely be a bit of a sweatshop

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 4, 2020 - 1:34pm

Tech and Industrials at Barclays are very sweaty, known to be the worst in terms of culture and hours. Healthcare also works long hours, but that's just because they kill it in terms of deal flow, and the culture (at least among analysts) is pretty solid. Every analyst I've spoken to in other coverage groups (CR, CMG, P&U, Sponsors, and especially FIG) all speak really highly of the analyst experience. Chillest groups are probably CMG (definitely a "lifestyle" group, but you sacrifice deal flow in exchange for the chiller culture) and FIG (seriously top-notch culture with less face time and still great deal flow, but thought to "pigeonhole" analysts).

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 5, 2020 - 12:03am

Curious on the FIG thing. If someone is a top candidate, high GPA high rank school, would FIG still pigeon hole them at a mid-tier BB if they were interested in generalist PE? I know that FIG at places like GS/JP doesn't pigeonhole.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
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