I just received my analyst reviews from my bank and thought they were unthoughtful and generic. The review listed things that we hear all the time in investment banking like "more attention to detail", "better execution of financial analysis", "more expertise in industry specific sub verticals", etc. These are obviously helpful tips for an extended career in Investment Banking but, in reality, they are not going to make your work better. I have been a top bucket analyst for the past two years and wanted to share a couple things that have helped me produce better than average work, including:
- Double check everything on paper and separating myself from work before turning back and reviewing
- Subscribing and using online investment banking tools like BAM~SEC and MEMO~FI (www.memo~fi.co) to have an edge on your competition
- Adhering to your superiors demands regardless of whether you have better ideas or believe you have a more correct way of doing things
- Practicing financial analysis outside of typical staffings as you will not be given a model in a long time and need to be ready when you are
What is some of the feedback you guys hear from your 360 reviews? And, what is some real life advise that helped you be a BETTER ANALYST?