Prestige of Bankers in LA and SF?

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So we all know that replying with "Investment Banking" to the question "What do you do?" in New York will make ladies swoon and guys jealous. New York City is built off finance and rightfully celebrates its toolish and prestige-whoring Investment Bankers. However, what about the other cities?

Will telling people that you are an Investment Banker be considered as prestigious in Los Angeles and San Francisco for those in the offices there? Or is the West Coast oblivious to the job title as the streets are full of actors, singers, celebrities, tech entrepreneurs, etc.

Does Silicon Valley and blue chips (Google, Apple, Microsoft) overshadow the Investment Bankers in California? Those with experience in either LA or SF please share your experience and ESPECIALLY if you've also been to New York so that a comparison can be drawn between just how prestigious people think Investment Banking is in the East Coast vs. the West Coast.

Comments (13)

Nov 23, 2009

No matter where you work, you'll just be a tool.

And even if this is a joke, it's not very funny and you put too much thought into it.

Nov 23, 2009

i'm sure he's serious

We are excited to formally extend to you an offer to join Bank of Ameria

Nov 23, 2009

nontargetguy, are you asian? No disrespect to any asians out there but in my experience, the only people who go into ib and think its gonna automatically land them pussy are asians..

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Nov 23, 2009

While I didn't have much time (or desire) this summer to find out, the thing you have to consider in doing banking in LA/SF is that last call, in all of California, is 2AM. If you're getting out of the office around 12, you don't have as much time anyway to try to impress people with your job (or anything for that matter, heh).

Nov 23, 2009

What is this "last call".

Nov 23, 2009

What is this "last call".

last call - when bars/clubs/establishments that serve alcohol have to close

Nov 23, 2009

WOW... This thread is useless... Sorry to be the Buzz Killington here.

If you ain't buy side what are you doing on Wall St.? Gimme something good sport...

Nov 23, 2009


I thought that was just Palm Springs!


Hell, in Miami, you can keep going until 6 (including the after-party).

Nov 23, 2009

prestige is freaking overrated anyways. Just because you have a job that pays more, doesn't mean you are a better person.

In LA, nobody knows IB except for a very small community. SF has a bigger population but most people still think you work as a bank teller or some financial advisor.

Nov 24, 2009

Probably NY and SF are your best bets. L.A. is full of laymen and celeb stalkers.

Nov 24, 2009

L.A. is full of laymen and celeb stalkers.

QFT. I'm a banker in LA.

Mar 19, 2012


Nov 25, 2009