Drinking on The Job

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I was reading this thread.

And many people in some higher level positions have admitted to having a bottle of alcohol in their office, or a case of beer in their desks. Does anyone else drink on the job, or seen their boss do so? I can't imagine this being done at some of the bigger BB, but perhaps in the smaller HFs...maybe I'm wrong though.

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Nov 15, 2013

I mean some groups will have beers together friday evening, perhaps in the office depending on firm policy. There are senior guys who keep nice bottles of liquor at their desk. But I've never seen anyone pour themselves a double after getting bad news, if that's what you mean.

Nov 15, 2013

Americans are such pussies about drinking on the job. When I was in the UK, my boss bought me a round my first day at work during lunch. And it was cool to drink on the job as long as there wasn't a client around.

Now that I'm back in the states, I see people freaking about this and other stupid shit. On one of my interviews after coming back, the interviewer took me to a British pub for lunch, i guess they assumed I'd feel at home even though I'm local. When I asked them if it was cool we get a pint they looked at me like I just shat all over the table and rolled in my fecies.

I had to explain that everyone drinks in Europe and apologized for the faux pas. In the end I didn't get that job. So I'd be careful about talking about drinking at work.

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Nov 17, 2013
cibo:

Americans are such pussies about drinking on the job. When I was in the UK, my boss bought me a round my first day at work during lunch. And it was cool to drink on the job as long as there wasn't a client around.

Now that I'm back in the states, I see people freaking about this and other stupid shit. On one of my interviews after coming back, the interviewer took me to a British pub for lunch, i guess they assumed I'd feel at home even though I'm local. When I asked them if it was cool we get a pint they looked at me like I just shat all over the table and rolled in my fecies.

I had to explain that everyone drinks in Europe and apologized for the faux pas. In the end I didn't get that job. So I'd be careful about talking about drinking at work.

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Nov 17, 2013

That's funny, because UK banks are doing so great right now.

Nov 15, 2013

HF's are less structured and the people there generally don't give 2 fuks about what you do as long as you're making it rain. I'd could definitely see Carl leaning back in his seat at 4pm on a Friday with a scotch in hand, looking into the horizon, whispering, "Fk you Bill, Fk you..."

Nov 15, 2013

I usually drink in the mornings to get over my hangover from the previous day.

Nov 15, 2013

I drink everyday work or not.

Best

Nov 15, 2013

Sometimes if it a light Friday and a deal was recently closed, beer at lunch might take place.

Thursday night or Friday night drinks might happen in the office once all of the work is done.

Nov 15, 2013

When I used to work in finance we had an office rule that any time one of the sales guys closed a 1mm+ sale everyone in the office had to take a shot.

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Nov 15, 2013

I used to drink a bottle of wine before going in during my first internship. It was audit and it was so, so boring.

Nov 17, 2013

Seems pretty culture-dependent (and I mean actual culture, not the word you Yankees use to describe work style). Here in London every single pub is rammed every lunchtime and from around 5:30 onwards every day. On a lazy Friday my team will often have a couple of pints over lunch.

Nov 17, 2013

Its one thing to have an occasional beer during lunch at a restuarant, or even pop open a bottle a champagne in the office during some special occasion, but to keep a bottle of vodka in your cabinet so you can swig away during a mundane day just seems a little ridiculous.

And regarding BBs, I've heard stories of prop trading desks opening champagne, in the office, after a really good day/month.

Nov 17, 2013

Worked in MO profile with a small HF...and on those chance fridays with top brass all gone and only we left to man the tower! we smoked weed, got high and still did the job!! but that goes without saying, in ops, life is easy and it takes 1/10th of your brain to get through the day smoothly...

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Nov 17, 2013

At our BB floor we kept beer in fridge and consumed in evenings. Friday it started by 6PM.

Nov 17, 2013

Nobody watches Mad Men?

Nov 19, 2013
BTbanker:

Nobody watches Mad Men?

No, do they drink at work?

Nov 19, 2013
Bateman Begins:
BTbanker:

Nobody watches Mad Men?

No, do they drink at work?

Work sometimes intrudes on their drinking.

Nov 17, 2013

A number of NYC BB offices have beer fridays. I know Citi and at least some (if not all) of MS groups. Very possibly more.

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Nov 17, 2013

Do you think a nation's drinking culture has anything to do with its development and progress? Level of corruption? I'm from Ukraine and when I go back, people drink all the time. Like, vodka with every meal. It's just a normal thing. It's also one of like the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world.

Nov 17, 2013
bic:

Do you think a nation's drinking culture has anything to do with its development and progress? Level of corruption? I'm from Ukraine and when I go back, people drink all the time. Like, vodka with every meal. It's just a normal thing. It's also one of like the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world.

Astute observation. I'd never really thought of the correlation between lots of booze and corruption, but I get it.

In my group it's acceptable to drink at work, but we're too busy to be drinking at lunch on any regular Tuesday. It's the events, Fridays, and special occasions in general where it's socially perfectly acceptable to have a few drinks.

Nov 17, 2013

I drink whenever I feel like, as long as I don't go back all shit faced. As for keeping liquor at my desk, yes, I have a bottle of Auchentoshan.

Nov 17, 2013

CS NY has beer Fridays. One guy was drinking a beer on my superday while he interviewed me.

Nov 17, 2013
c44:

CS NY has beer Fridays. One guy was drinking a beer on my superday while he interviewed me.

so frat

Nov 18, 2013

All groups at CS, Citi, and some at MS NY do from what I have heard

Nov 18, 2013

All groups at CS, Citi, and some at MS NY do from what I have heard

Nov 18, 2013
c44:

CS NY has beer Fridays. One guy was drinking a beer on my superday while he interviewed me.

Trading floor must be different...no drinking during the workday but interns hit the bars every night.

Nov 17, 2013

I always pack a fat lip of grizz and pound budweisers after 9pm

Nov 17, 2013

Doesn't seem worth the risk...drinking alcohol or even having it at work can look very unprofessional

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Nov 17, 2013
Matt H.:

Doesn't seem worth the risk...drinking alcohol or even having it at work can look very unprofessional

Fucking nerd.

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Nov 23, 2013

Excuse our shortcomings.

Best

Nov 17, 2013

Over in PE land, every time we close a deal, the entire deal team smokes Cubans and drinks scotch to celebrate.

Nov 21, 2013
udkeudke:

Over in PE land, every time we close a deal, the entire deal team smokes Cubans and drinks scotch to celebrate.

So basically...you never smoke Cubans or drink scotch?

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Nov 17, 2013

I have a bottle of scotch in my office...it's definitely good to have handy to celebrate the successes. We have drinks whenever we want (lunches, dinners, etc) as long as you get done want needs to be done.

Nov 17, 2013
damn.analyst:

I have a bottle of scotch in my office.

Wait,a damn.analyst has an office? What kind of a damn.analyst are you? Most analysts have cubes.

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Nov 17, 2013

I just had two beers in the office, but that's because I am alone on my floor and pissed. However, some senior bankers do keep a bottle or two of expensive scotch or whisky in their office.

Nov 17, 2013

We keep beers stocked in our fridges at my MBB firm. Pretty standard to grab a beer or two if you're working past 6PM.

Nov 18, 2013

No one drinks here, would definitely get fired on the spot.

Nov 18, 2013

Our office in Zurich has a bar with a draught beer dispenser...

Nov 18, 2013

I'll grab a few beers at lunch with the other analysts if things are slow. No one notices.

Occasionally on a Friday the partners here will send us out to pick up some beer and liquor and we will drink at the office, usually starting around 4 pm. Again, only when things are really slow.

Nov 18, 2013

Brokerage I interned at last summer got a keg for the office, and then booze cruised. That was retarded

Nov 18, 2013

You are retarded.

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Nov 18, 2013

Yeah, I know. Very unfortunate condition I find myself in.

Nov 18, 2013
Anihilist:

Brokerage I interned at last summer got a keg for the office, and then booze cruised. That was retarded

Like, on a sea vessel?

Nov 18, 2013

Yes

Nov 18, 2013

usually save the drinking at work for later at night when I'm pissed off. that being said after a few scotchs I end up saying fuck it and leaving.

Nov 18, 2013

This thread really grew from what I had initially expected it to be. Glad to see many drink in moderation on the job. Airplane size alcohol bottles it is!

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Nov 19, 2013

Add me to the couple pints over lunch/beer o'clock friday list. Most people I know have it similar as well, granted I don't know anybody working at a BB.

Nov 19, 2013

So this guy at my bank where I interned would order a normal dinner over seamless, and then change it to all beer over the phone. Worked pretty well, got a 6 pack out of it.

Nov 20, 2013

My cousin works in High Finance... he definitely "Rails" a few down during lunch. But then again, he's up there.

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Nov 21, 2013
KermitBee:

My cousin works in High Finance... he definitely "Rails" a few down during lunch. But then again, he's up there.

lewl

Nov 21, 2013
KermitBee:

My cousin works in High Finance... he definitely "Rails" a few down during lunch. But then again, he's up there.

Tell me more! Sounds like your cousin is the shit!

Nov 22, 2013

Drinking during your work hours is completely illegal and may get you fired.

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Nov 22, 2013

What a load of shit, it's not illegal unless you drive or operate heavy equipment for a living. However it could get you fired if your bosses are a bunch of tight asses.

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Nov 24, 2013
Maria Barley Smith:

Drinking during your work hours is completely illegal and may get you fired.

You might want to double-check that buddy.

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Nov 23, 2013

When I worked at a UK BB in IBD I'd drink copiously on the job. Beers at lunch were routine, and sometimes on slow summer days I'd get wasted at lunch and say "fuck it" and go home.

I also kept several bottles of whiskey in my desk and would pour myself and coworkers some once it got late. When we were working weekends lots of people would have beers at their desk.

Nov 23, 2013

taking a shot can sometimes take the edge off

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Nov 23, 2013

Personally, I never really understood this. Boozing in the office usually doesn't happen in the bigger shops from my experience. Personally, I'd rather down some coffee, put my head down and bang out the work...so I can actually enjoy myself at the bar OUTSIDE the office.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

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Nov 23, 2013

I'm with a CRE firm based in Orange County (interning). Never seen so many people drink booze at work in my life. This is all during special occasions or in-office events of course.

Nov 24, 2013

The Pre-MBAs in my office have a fridge stocke with beer and various bottles of liquor at all times. On Fridays we have an office beer/champagne cart that goes around and most of us are toasted by 4-5PM. This is consulting in a southern office though, so it may be a bit different culturally.

Nov 24, 2013

Tech company I was at last summer (extremely well-known company, ~1000 employees) always had some beers in the fridge. Was pretty drunk at work during an internal hackathon and during our summer carnival. Moreover, beers on Friday afternoon were very common.

Just about every company I did an on-site with for next summer either had a great beer collection in their fridges or openly advertised their Friday boozing during interviews.

Nov 24, 2013

How do you learn to not look drunk? I can go about my business and act normal drunk, but people who know me can tell.

Nov 25, 2013

It depends on the companies' policy. If you showed up drunk at work or was drinking during your work hours you might get fired. And you won't even be able to sue them because it in the companies' policy. I didn't mean to say illegal in general, but it is forbidden by the company and can result in discharge.

Nov 25, 2013

this is actually common late at night, but usually not done in excess so no stories

Nov 25, 2013

p bateman, are you related to bateman?

Nov 25, 2013
dazedmonk:

p bateman, are you related to bateman?

Nov 25, 2013

in the week before christmas a few guys had a beer during the day due to a fire alarm but then again half the office was in the pub during that fire alarm and the week was way more chilled out in general. A few times I went for a beer late in the evening with a colleague and came back to finish some easy stuff. I've never seen anybody actually drunk in the office other than people who were just coming back from nearby places to avail of the free cab service onwards to their next drinking spot.

Nov 25, 2013

Sometimes if we're working late on a Friday/Saturday but not too slammed, a few other analysts and I will order some beers or a bottle of wine with our dinner allowance.

No crazy stories though.

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Nov 25, 2013

How about during the day anybody bring some vodka/water mix in a water bottle? Seems like a good strategy ill let you guys know how it goes.

Theres a fine line between jacking off into a window and out of a window

Nov 25, 2013

No problem -- good luck

Nov 25, 2013

Actually, I'd like to see a discussion of it. Are you referring to the consumption of alcohol in the workplace? Anyone else keep some alcohol handy at their desk for those late nights? I know a guy at my firm who keeps small quantities of vodka handy. I do too. This is normal, right?

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