Investment Banking Stigma
I feel like all sources keep talking about investment banking like it's the worst job in the world. They continuously cite the classic "IBD makes less than McDonald's on an hourly basis KEKW" statistic and talk about 100 hour weeks like it's every single week.
While I admit I'm at a bit a of a weird boutique bank with better work-life balance than average, my time as an analyst has honestly been a joy. I've been recruiting for PE, but am de-motivated given how much I'm liking my time in IB.
I've worked >90 hours less than 5 occassions, and my hours average 60-75. First year comp was $150 - $170k all in. The assignments are way more interesting than people made it out to be. Sure I still spread comps, have to do multiples charts, etc., but the majority of projects have been more than interesting in terms of learning and modeling through complexities.
As a second year, I also now actually have a voice that people listen to, and any analyses or presentations are discussed with my associate and VP actually taking my recommendations and commentary.
Idk if bankers just tend to exaggerate greatly or I found a legit IBD oasis, but curious what other people's experience has been. Has it really been that bad?