Currently an analyst at a top sweatshop group (/MS M&A/ /MoCo LA), just finished my 9th week in a row of 95 -140 hour weeks. Having trouble dealing with the hours.
It was a lot easier coping during my internship/fall because there was an end to the internship/fun events and in the fall there was Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no end in sight right now, and I am having trouble thinking I can keep this pace up for the next 15 weeks til the interns get here. I keep telling myself the hours will ease up next year (second years have it better), but it is still a struggle.
I find myself turning more and more to alcohol to reduce the stress (tequila) , but in the long term it only does more damage (not as restful when I wake up). Given my compressed time frame it is mostly binge drinking in the 30-45 minutes I sometimes have before I fall asleep. If it wasn't for the trains in this city I would probably have a DUI or five.
Any advice? I keep looking at my bank account / reduction in my college loan balance, but it only goes so far. None of my friends at other banks have it this rough (seems like I am the exception, not the norm).
I know people will say there are a ton of other people willing to take my job, but I highly doubt many people could actually cope with this (we already had a Wharton/Harvard analyst with a 4.0 GPA drop out), so please save me that comment.
Spoke to my staffer after an allnighter on Monday, basically said to buck up and shut up, so I guess that's what I will be doing. He described one of his experiences back in Iraq which gave me a new perspective on things. I am not getting shot at, have a shower, toilet and good food (plus getting paid 3x more than many people who do not have these amenities). 15+ more weeks is worth the wait.