I was just contacted an internal recruiter at BNY. The spec is for Lead Analyst for HF valuation calculations. I'm pretty sure I could do the job without breaking a sweat, and going to work for BNY might be a decent move for me at this point. So we are going over the specs and we got to the "What are your salary expectaions?' part. I NEVER answer this. After a minute of run-around the recruiter says base is $90-$110k....for the lead analyst...in NYC...WTF? Seriously WTF. The fucking lead garbage man on the truck makes more than that.
The rational response is to just say "No, thanks" and hang up, which is what I did. The recruiter is simply just calling numbers on resumes that are in their database. Swing and a miss for both of us...fine...
But now I am deeply depressed. What the hell is wrong with me that at this stage in my career, where I should be clearly making 2x that amount, that employers think they can get someone with my stats for no money?
What is the point of going into this business, putting up with WAAAYYY more bullshit than like 95% of other types of work, to get less money than a bullshit city employee? Seriously, I feel like something is really really wrong if I can explain how a bank works front to back, explain every greek, every product, economic drivers for PnL, Macro economics, etc etc etc and the market suggests I am worth the same as some non productive bureaucrat. You might say I am reading too much into a simple phone call but dammit serious WTF do I have to do to get someone to recognize the level I am capable of operating on?
Seriously - can someone help me be free of this feeling?