How does Lunch Work?

Please don't roast too hard for the dumb question and apologies in advance. But as someone WFH, how does lunch work in the office? Do most analyst and associates grab food from outside and bring it to their desk or do juniors pack a lunch?

Eating lunch out everyday is a bit expensive I feel like? Kinda would want to pack something but of course if I am the one odd guy out then I will definitely forgo that and get lunch out. 

I also don't know the exact layout of the office, so eating home food right next to someone could be annoying or smelly I feel like.

I imagine the middle of the day can get pretty hectic so do people tend to just go and grab lunch themselves whenever and eat alone at the desk or together? 

Reason #152 of why WFH has continued to be so nice. I love just getting up whenever and chucking something into the microwave or oven. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Sep 13, 2021 - 5:16pm

what does knowing where people eat lunch have anything to do with an analysts performance

i wfh'ed and think it saves so much lunch $$ vs now i have to pay $15 per Sg meal

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Sep 13, 2021 - 5:44pm

At my office a group generally goes together (on days we don't get food catered) but there's always stragglers who are busy when everyone goes and go by themselves before/after. People typically eat alone at their desks.

Have never once seen an IB person bring a lunch from home (assistants often do)

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 13, 2021 - 6:35pm

Interesting appreciate this insight. Didn't know bringing a lunch is that rare. Interested too see if everyone else has a similar experience.

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Sep 13, 2021 - 6:14pm

I might be an anomaly here, but I brought my lunch from home almost every day. Way healthier and way cheaper. It is so easy to gain weight by eating a 1,000 calorie caesar salad at lunch and then a 1,000 calorie teriyaki bowl at dinner. When the rest of the team went for lunch I'd often just join them for the walk to hang out though.

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
Sep 13, 2021 - 7:34pm

1,000 calorie caesar salad? You must add a lot of dressing...

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Sep 13, 2021 - 7:15pm

You go whenever you're free. Sometimes it's at 12 and you eat with a few other people, sometimes it's at 2 and you eat alone. People generally don't care what you get for lunch (as long as it doesn't stink up the place) so feel free to bring your own food. It also gets pretty common for people to have Seamless leftovers from the night before as lunch.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Sep 14, 2021 - 1:07am

When I was an intern I would pack a small lunch sometimes and then order a large seamless dinner to compensate. I usually got super busy from 11-5ish so I never really had time to be too hungry which was nice. I believe most banks also have a cafeteria in the office so that's always an option too. The food might not be as nice as something you could make at home, but it's certainly cheaper than eating out.

Sep 15, 2021 - 10:41am

Meal prep on the weekends and throw it in the microwave during the week and voila!….LUNCH while I work. If you can't cook then get a meal prep place to deliver you food for the next few weeks. Or just do IF until you're done working and treat yo self to a nice meal after

Sep 15, 2021 - 12:08pm

Depends on what you are microwaving I tend not to microwave fish for everything else I put a paper towel over it, while I microwave it (unless I have meal prep that has a microwaveable top). The paper towel will reduce food popping everywhere and the smell

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