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Jun 4, 2014

I'm on it right now but if I was an intern I wouldn't do it unless I was in an office with a closed door. read investing websites instead.

beyond proxy
zero hedge
seekingalpha
value walk
sum zero
motley fool
morningstar
CFA institute (should be some free publications in the research foundation part of the site)

of course the ideal is to just go ask for work, rather than sitting on your ass.

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Jun 4, 2014

WSO should be limited to at-home use for interns, IMO. You're not allowed to slack off at work until you get a full-time gig.

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Jun 4, 2014

I do, but my firm doesn't care as long as I get my work done. On top of the work they have me do I try to have one side project that I came up with where I'm offering value independently of the normal work, which really helps boost people's perceptions of you as an employee. I'm full time, though. I agree that interns should be working, you're only going to be there for a summer it's not that bad...

Jun 4, 2014

Pfffft- I'm at work right now. I have my own office and my screens face the window so I could be doing anything on the computer. I normally just browse the website while I'm on hold or something. I don't actively try and waste time - most of the time that is.

Jun 4, 2014

delete, wrong thread

Jun 4, 2014

I do. Pretty sure everyone knows.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jun 4, 2014

My last day of work is next Thursday, I put in three months notice (going to bschool), but I probably wouldn't post on message boards while at work otherwise...or at the very least, do it very sparingly. Now, I don't care and will post on Reddit and look at half naked celebrities on WWTDD, but no way I'd do that if I cared about my job.

Jun 4, 2014

A really stupid thing to do as an intern (in most cases) if you want the FT offer, especially so early in the summer. I went on WSO on my work computer when I was a SA only around the 8th week of my internship.

Go ask for more work. Keep in mind that if you have work already and it's boring and you're slacking off, people will have an idea of how long something should take and will take notice if they think you're a slow worker

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Jun 4, 2014

Strategy: Have some sort of food on your desk at all times. If caught, claim to be having lunch.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jun 4, 2014

Amen to that. Still use this strategy as FT employee.

Alright, Alright, Alright...

Jun 4, 2014

I did. Just don't get caught. Right bottom corner of left monitor or left bottom of right monitor.

Jun 4, 2014
kidflash:

I did. Just don't get caught. Right bottom corner of left monitor or left bottom of right monitor.

Slacking in shame in the itty bitty corner? Plebeian

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jun 4, 2014

That excel monkey life. Shit rolls downhill.

Jun 4, 2014

Yep. I got it bookmarked on there but only just scroll the IB forum thread list occasionally - when there's down time.

Jun 4, 2014

alt+ tab

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Jun 4, 2014

I used to but our IT filters now have WSO banned for malware...

Jun 4, 2014

In my company/group it is ok if there is downtime, everyone does it. you should find out how your company/group works and whether it is consider ok

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Jun 4, 2014

At work and in life is about image and perception. You want to project yourself as a go getter intern regardless if you are obviously bored. You never want anyone above you to perceive you as a lazy slacker or a smart ass.

As an intern your time is used to learn and impress others about your positive attributes. If you're that bored, go talk to other people and ask them what you can help them with. I hate interns that just do the bare minimum and then complain about being bored or not learning enough when it is their job to reach out to others.

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Jun 5, 2014

All the site i go on at home i also go on at work ex porn.

Jun 5, 2014

You gotta use Chrome for that seamless work-home browser integration.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jun 5, 2014

msworddit.com/

You're welcome

"My dear, descended from the apes! Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray that it will not become generally known."

Jun 5, 2014
Illuminate:

msworddit.com/

You're welcome

I'm confused as to what I'm looking at

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Jun 5, 2014

I did since I got my FT offer. As long as you perform at the level required for you to achieve your goals, you might as well spend whatever downtime you have chilling. I would however caution against excessive use of Dealbreaker if you work at MS. As far as I know, it has been banned on their network a few times due to high frequency of usage (thus the "welcome home, MS" sign on the site).

Jun 7, 2014

Even when you are FT it is all about perception, if every time a superior or even a higher up from another group/department that you do not work directly with walks by your desk and sees you on surfing the web, they are going to form an impression of you and your boss will know the time bonus season/reviews come around. You don't want your boss saying "so and so is a top performer" and having another person rebut "oh really because everytime i walk by he's always checking sports stats."

As an intern I would limit internet usage to strictly to work but if you have some down time financial/world news can't hurt, anything else just use your phone. Another important tip though is keep your phone in your pocket while at work, too many young people can't go an hour without checking their phone believe me this stuff gets noticed.

Also: ALT M and ALT-SHIFT-M shortcuts are your friend.

Jun 7, 2014

Just don't get caught. Would you rather spend your limited time outside of work doing it?

Jun 7, 2014

Thanks everyone! Just for some perspective, I'm a sophomore and wasn't able to secure an IB/ investing related internship this summer (not making excuses) but I'm doing something quantitative at a big company with a great brand name. That probably eliminates my ability to get away with going on websites like seeking alpha. What I've been doing that is finance related is that I have a capiq account from school so I've been reading the 10-k and 10-q of the company and it's competitors so I simultaneously am learning how to properly read those while also learning about the company and its competitors. I feel like that's the most productive non-work related thing I'm gonna be able to do.

Jun 7, 2014

Don't do it at work.

Jun 23, 2014

I do, but its mostly for the job related threads like how to break down the 10q.
Anyway, ask for work if you've so much time or give yourself an assignment to complete. I think you can learn so much more while in the firm itself, so use it and leave the WSO surfing til after you've left the place

Oct 6, 2014

Honestly I'd spend the time reading about the industry or getting a more technical background.

99% of the time they'll be overlooking it all.
But when or if they do actually look at your traffic, make it go "shit kid's actually learning" and not "shit kid's a lazy ass".

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

Oct 25, 2014

My boss told me I wouldnhave a lot of dead hours and to use it to study for CFA.

Oct 27, 2014

Personally If I didn't have an intern that had a nice rack I would want them to hole up in the corner and not get in my way.

Follow the shit your fellow monkeys say @shitWSOsays

Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid - John Wayne

Oct 27, 2014

iPad

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 27, 2014

98% of my time on WSO is spent at work.
98% of my time at work is spent on WSO.

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Oct 27, 2014
GoodBread:

98% of my time on WSO is spent at work.
98% of my time at work is spent on WSO.

+1

If it's true that 'who you know' is the most important thing in one's career, then I look at it as investing in my own future.

Oct 27, 2014
GoodBread:

98% of my time on WSO is spent at work.
98% of my time at work is spent on WSO.

+1

Oct 27, 2014

haha ^^ this man speaks the truth

Oct 27, 2014

i sign on and post because they dont currrrrr

Oct 27, 2014

offices (and schools) will only check an individual's browsing history if they have a VERY important reason to do so. i.e. you've been missing for a month, they think you're plotting an attack of some kind, etc. same goes for checking email history. they track internet activity, but never look at it. i work for IT at my school.

Oct 27, 2014
turtles:

offices (and schools) will only check an individual's browsing history if they have a VERY important reason to do so. i.e. you've been missing for a month, they think you're plotting an attack of some kind, etc. same goes for checking email history. they track internet activity, but never look at it. i work for IT at my school.

Schools and businesses are very different. Banks and the like usually just block shit they don't want you to use.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 27, 2014
turtles:

offices (and schools) will only check an individual's browsing history if they have a VERY important reason to do so. i.e. you've been missing for a month, they think you're plotting an attack of some kind, etc. same goes for checking email history. they track internet activity, but never look at it. i work for IT at my school.

Or if you use Facebook 4 hours a day at GS

http://techcrunch.com/2007/03/09/career-advice-don...

Oct 27, 2014

Wild story there. At least WSO feels and probably is a more productive use of my time.

Oct 27, 2014

I'm embarrassed for being on this site, it doesn't have a good reputation in our group. So when someone walks by I Ctrl + Tab to dealbook or something, and then Alt-Tab to a big-ass model on my second screen and start selecting cells like crazy, to create appearance of busy work. The big-ass model is usually something from a month ago...

Oct 27, 2014
feenans:

I'm embarrassed for being on this site, it doesn't have a good reputation in our group. So when someone walks by I Ctrl + Tab to dealbook or something, and then Alt-Tab to a big-ass model on my second screen and start selecting cells like crazy, to create appearance of busy work. The big-ass model is usually something from a month ago...

Hilarious, thanks for sticking with us.

Really want to know why we have such a bad rep with your group though! Are you able to tell it without giving yourself away?

Oct 27, 2014

Nothing specific, it's just considered immature (for obvious reasons). Also raises suspicions that you are looking to jump ship.... Much better to be looking at WSJ, Economist, or even ESPN and Engadget/etc

Oct 27, 2014
feenans:

Nothing specific, it's just considered immature (for obvious reasons). Also raises suspicions that you are looking to jump ship.... Much better to be looking at WSJ, Economist, or even ESPN and Engadget/etc

do they mention me?

Oct 27, 2014

If you get fired it won't be for trolling / helping on WSO.

Oct 27, 2014

This website wouldn't exist if people were concerned about posting at work. What else are analysts going to do when putting in the requisite face time? There's only so many "Grantland" articles written every day...

Anyway, by the time your company looks into your browser history, they've already planned to fire you (unless you're looking at something really egregious).

Oct 27, 2014

Don't click any links you're not sure about

Oct 27, 2014

You should be fine. You can also just post on your phone.

Oct 27, 2014

Well sh*t I'm screwed then if posting is not allowed.

Oct 27, 2014

Guy in my program asked me if I "was CRE on WSO." If that shit happened at work I'd be a bit more weirded out, but at the same time I don't post anything controversial on here short of "swear words."

Oct 27, 2014

lmao did you say it was you? I know a few people on here and even one guy who made an awesome troll thread lol.

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Oct 27, 2014

Use it for bonuses and promotion, "on Wall Street Oasis my Silver Bannana to monkey shit ratio is significantly higher than my colleagues."

How is my grammar? Drop me a note with any errors you see!

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Oct 27, 2014
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