As an intern (summer 16'), I was ranked in the top three out of roughly 17 interns at a topin NYC. Towards the end of the summer, when the top quartile of us actually began creating value for the group, our hours got significantly worse. In other words, we got a taste of what our lives would likely become upon starting FT.
As an incoming first year, I am 100% committed to pursuing either private or growth equity roles when recruiting picks up towards the tail end of this year.
To preserve work life balance (i.e. free up additional time for buyside preparation), would it make sense to intentionally "slack off" during the first few months (relative to my performance as an intern) to ensure that I track towards middle bucket for the greater quantities of free time this would provide?
Though I realize top bucket comes with prestige and compensation benefits (among other things), the individuals I have spoken to have unanimously said that top bucket is not worth it in terms of the hours it takes to achieve it.
If purposefully tracking for middle (or top middle) makes sense, how would one engineer this to ensure not getting ensnared into the life draining abyss of a top bucket analyst?