Drug Tests for incoming SA/FT analysts in midst of corona?

Can anyone lend insight into how drug tests will be performed for the incoming summer and full time analysts. (Obviously, this is only relevant for banks and offices which mandate drug tests). If they are traditionally slated to occur in early May, will that change/not be required this year?

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 10, 2020

Bro come on. You can't lay off the weed for one month?

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Apr 10, 2020

ignore this guy, drug tests are illegal in NYC starting May. Smoke it up my g

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 10, 2020

Actually ignore this guy, he's trying to get you hooked on the devil's lettuce and fired. Say no to drugs kids.

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Apr 10, 2020

Wrong. They can test you for all drugs except weed starting May, but I would recommend doing some research to make sure there aren't any exceptions to the rule.

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  • Intern in S&T - Other
Apr 11, 2020

Not for companies that deal with the federal government that are still subject to federal law, and weed is (sadly) still federally illegal. Most BBs are G-SIBs and deal with the federal government, therefore, not illegal to drug test.

HOWEVER, without naming any banks, a few of the top 5 BBs do not drug test from talking to my friends that incoming FT.

Apr 15, 2020

Found Steve A Smith's WSO account

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Apr 10, 2020

smoke up bro

Apr 10, 2020

Drug tests are illegal in NYC starting this summer anyways

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Apr 10, 2020

weed stays in your system too long, stick to the hard drugs

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Apr 11, 2020

Why would you do drugs when you can do LBOs instead?

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Apr 11, 2020

I am of the opinion that anyone who does drugs is a loser. I am shocked that you guys on this forum use drugs. Now, I look down on all of you.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 12, 2020

I am of the opinion that you're a bitch

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  • Prospect in 
Apr 12, 2020

Are you a virgin or just still in high school?

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Apr 12, 2020

I only have sex with guys who don't use drugs and are very mature.....unlike you. People like you deserve to be unemployed

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Apr 12, 2020

I am far from a virgin....but I have never had sex with any guys who use drugs. Nor have I had sex with immature people like you.

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Apr 12, 2020

this kids got to be a troll.

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Apr 14, 2020

Apparently @theaccountingmajor" got bored during WFH and came back

Apr 12, 2020

I know people who have received emails for drug tests so I would tread carefully here - especially if you are under 21. Drug test centers are essential services and are open for you to get tested if your company requests.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 13, 2020

(Non Nyc) my bank sent an email this morning saying drug tests will not be performed for incoming hires

  • Summer Associate in IB - Ind
Apr 13, 2020

Which city? BB or EB?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 13, 2020

MM, across all offices

Apr 13, 2020

I am incoming full time BB IBD analyst in San Francisco and was informed today that previously mandatory drug test is postponed for the time being.

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Apr 14, 2020

when are fulltime drug tests typically?

Apr 14, 2020

Prior to your start date.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 14, 2020

The question you need to ask yourself is: is it really worth the risk? We all have our own ways of kicking back, but is it that difficult to stick to the drink for the next couple months? You do you man, but corona or no corona, you need to weigh up in your mind the risk/reward, the probability vs the payoff and make your peace either way.

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Apr 14, 2020

Man....this forum really highlights the embarrassing drug problem so many people have. I always thought that blue collar workers who are less educated are more likely to use drugs, but this forum makes it seem like it is simply not true.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 15, 2020

Here in the UK use rises at each end of the spectrum. I lived with a bunch of medics in undergrad, none blue collar, all pretty posh upper middle class, and these guys hit the drugs harder than anyone I know. Same people now pulled into hospitals to help with covid.

My personal opinion is that the same people who need high pressure, high paying, competitive jobs need to get more fucked up. It's not good enough to make 60k, they've got to make 300k. It's not good enough to go for 4 beers, they've got to say up till 4 getting obliterated. Everything has to be more extreme.

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  • Intern in S&T - FI
Apr 16, 2020

I just had a call today with HR reps from my MM that I am doing the SA program at. They expressed that the onboarding components including drug testing for both SA and FT hires are extremely delayed and that the drug screen we will eventually complete before the delayed start date will not include cannabis. That being said, best bet is to just stay clean.

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Apr 29, 2020

bump

  • Intern in IB - Ind
May 7, 2020

MM based in Chicago is requiring drug testing for incoming SA's. Will be done at local facilities through a partnered testing company.

May 7, 2020

is the program in Chicago?

  • Intern in IB - Ind
May 7, 2020

The majority of interns are Chicago, but many in other offices around the US as well.

May 7, 2020

Are they testing for weed?

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 24, 2020

Will it include weed? Also if you don't mind sharing what bank it is?

May 24, 2020

If you're in NYC you can't be tested for THC unless your employer works with the federal government (don't know how banks are related unless you're including helping the Fed in the repo/treasury market). Nonetheless, I know of people who are REFUSING to get tested out of fear of going to clinics in the midst of a pandemic. If you have immunocompromised parents, is it really worth the risk (especially if you live in a major city or corona hotspot)? Doubt they'll force you to get tested if you feel your safety is at risk.

May 24, 2020

Dude just give HR a ring and ask if they test.

May 29, 2020

Anyone have updates on if drug testing will happen for SAs? No word so far from HR even though onboarding is long over

May 29, 2020

No updates. There are some firms that do test and some that don't. I.e. I believe that MS/GS/Barclays/CS do not test for "weed" - saw from online articles/colleagues (if anyone can shed light on incoming IBD analysts/associates for firms would be great though).

Some firms that are stricter I believe are Citi/BAML

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
May 29, 2020

Wrong. BAML doesn't test anymore

Jun 1, 2020

Oh wow BAML doesn't for summer's or full time? So you are saying MS/GS/Barclays/CS/BAML all do not test anymore?

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Jun 1, 2020

think I'm good. just got a confirmation email from HR saying that onboarding is completed and I was never asked for a drug test. this is at a BB

Jun 1, 2020

Oh is this BoA? American or European BB? I have heard American ones are stricter...

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Jun 1, 2020

BoA in America

Jun 4, 2020

My bank is testing for incoming FT in NYC. Given that most large banks are G-SIBs, can they still test for THC? They are not under contract with the federal gov and no not receive federal grants, so it seems like there isn't an exception. However, you never know and I wanna be 100% sure.

Btw all of y'all who still consider weed a "drug" need to double-check that poison you've been drinking and lmk what has a more harmful effect.

Jun 4, 2020

yea they def can test for weed i think. Just double check, it should tell you what type of test you are giving. For example a five panel test , etc.. This will tell you what they are testing for

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Jun 4, 2020

Oof it's a 9 panel. Every panel seems to test for THC though so idk, probably not worth the risk tbh. Any chance I could ask HR without making it sus LMAO (any other circumstance I wouldn't, but the fact that there is a law has me curious how banks are exempt from it)

Jun 26, 2020
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  • Intern in IB - ECM
Jun 26, 2020
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