Investment Banking Associates-Why did you leave?

Alright-we see a lot of analyst stories on the forum. How about some Associate ranting as well?

  1. Why did you leave? Was it the hours?People?
  2. What Bank did you work at? EB /BB/MM?
  3. How did you manage your health? Did you suffer and grind through it ?
  4. How did you manage your relationships with your family, spouse, gf/bf?

Comments (4)

Sep 3, 2018

@wolfofnorthpartkstreet interesting post, perhaps most fellow members are analysts

I worked at a BB sector team, and had left the 2nd week after I got promoted to associate

The closest time I broke up with my current gf of almost 6 years was half way through my experience cos I was constantly on the road (I cover South East Asia)

I would not have left CS was it not for an opportunity that I could not pass over, doing growth equity

I think you have some great questions there but ultimately wouldn't you say it just comes down to priorities, which inevitably evolve over time?

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Sep 3, 2018

Thanks for sharing your experience. So what are you doing currently? Yes, you are right-it is all about priorities. For some , it is money over relationships. For other , it is the other way round. At the end of the day, I think it is very hard to make it to the top of the finance industry if you want to maintain your relationships-few do, but I think, most won't be able to do it.

Sep 7, 2018

Most associates are in it for the career, at least at first - so I'm interested in this, too.