SA smoke breaks?

I'm working at a BB this summer. Assuming it's in-person, how bad is it if I have to crank one like every two hours? Pretty sure I'd be on the 30 something floor too. Will my superiors recognize that I'm just a real one or are they going to fire my ass if I'm not as productive as my peers? Can I dip at the desk? Note - nic patches and gum just don't do it for me and vaping is for pussies.

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  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Oct 12, 2020 - 12:14pm


OP - A summer stepping out 8x a day to smoke is not a good look, sorry. I can only think of a handful of people in IB who smoke and it's seen as a negative... you are not a "real one" for stepping out and constantly smelling like smoke. You need to at least recognize there are alternatives. Juuls are acceptable in most offices 

Oct 12, 2020 - 1:46pm

The stereotype of the smoking, drinking, steak-inhaling banker is a bit stale. A lot of the younger Type A people in IB nowadays are way more health conscious than the average person - think intermittent fasting, keto/ paleo, 5am gym/ CrossFit, marathons/ triathalons, tracking every metric that is trackable. Smoking and other indulgent behaviors still exist but you will look and operate like shit by your second year

  • Prospect in RE - Other
Oct 16, 2020 - 11:12am

Bro just live your life the way you want. I wouldn't push my luck by asking for a smoke break constantly, but if you want to have a smoke, I think it would be fine. So many of the same people who say "smoking is bad" also chug gallons of hard alcohol and proceed to pop adderall every morning in a vain effort to recover from their sleepless nights.

Oct 12, 2020 - 8:41pm

Would switching to something like zyn nicotine pouches be a better option? They're spitless and I'm sure you can take it out whenever you're in your cubicle and nobody is looking.

Oct 12, 2020 - 10:01pm

I would never hire a smoker if I had to be around them at all. Don't care even if it's "just" vaping. Annoys me.

  • Associate 3 in IB - Gen
Oct 15, 2020 - 1:18pm

I can count on one hand all the i-bankers that I've ever worked with who smoke (unless you count being drunk at a closing party and having a random cigarette).  Just remember in i-banking 'the nail that sticks out gets hammered down'.  Having neck tattoos might not impact your ability to be effective at your job but I'm pretty sure you'd have more trouble getting a job in the field than someone who doesn't.  

Oct 16, 2020 - 9:29am

Just out of curiosity, why wouldn't vaping be frowned upon but smoking would be? Surely you have to go outside and take a break to do either? I'm guessing analysts or anyone for that matter wouldn't vape at their desk. Is it the odor that annoys people more than anything else?

Oct 16, 2020 - 10:42am

Start your day with a couple of glasses of scotch and sober up in the office with a couple of Marlboro reds. 

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn

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