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“Lights Out,” “Go to bat,” any other cringeworthy phrases that I’m missing? Who speaks like this in reality?

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Aug 4, 2020 - 4:47pm

This isn't specific to WSO, but I detest the term "Rockstar Analyst." Sorry gents, but we're in a boring, rugged, and mostly sweaty industry. Please stop trying to make it sound glamorous. Nothing quite 'rockstar' about cranking numbers on Excel all day and working anxiety-inducing hours.

 
Aug 5, 2020 - 6:32pm

Everything is good in moderation.

WSO has a bunch of overachievers who consider anything less than being top 0.001% in the world to be embarrassing.

Eg hating your life and doubting yourself because GS/MS/JPM rejected you and you are “STUCK” with CS/UBS type of bank. If that isnt complete BS idk what is.

I rant about this often and my advice is, again, to take everything in moderation. Looooooots of life-changing, useful info but also lots of BS

Tl;dr im a bit off topic but Prestige.

 
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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Aug 5, 2020 - 8:00pm

"Hey guys considering applying to these firms could you rank them based on lifestyle, comp, dealfow, hours, pay, etc: proceeds to name 15 banks that work on very different deals, focus on different parts of the market, different cities, etc

or the "Hey so haven't heard back from HR in like 30 minutes after the interview, am I going to get hired? Did they like me? Did I do well? Should I follow up with HR? Should I ask my contact what the status is? Anything I can do to make sure I get selected? Should I visit the office and ask? Should I write a letter?" and on and on and on

 
Aug 6, 2020 - 10:01am

Those guys who use acronyms to look cool. I get that it’s easier to shorten phrases like “Goldman Sachs: Technology, Media and Telecomms”, but honestly these guys think throwing a couple of choice acronyms suddenly makes the author seem all cool and shit. Especially when it’s someone not yet in the industry asking a genuine question.

“I’m at GS TMT, and I cannot stress how important it is that ur from a HSW background. I interned at HL, GS, MS, JPM, DB (mostly worked on M&A although also did a bit of RX and LevFin) all at once. I practised sitting in front of a screen for 29 hours a day and I literally invented DCM and the entire concept of PE. To get back to your question of whether or not bankers get a decent work/life balance, I earn 50k a day so fuck u lol lmao rofl.

Ps. Fuck Jefferies.”

The average guy would have a very hard time figuring this out, so please for the love of god, give simple answers to simple questions.

 
  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Aug 8, 2020 - 10:49am

Spot on. At least 50% of finance is confusing terminology and unnecessary complication

What’s past is past and can’t be undone. It has led to the circumstances we now face. All we can do is recognize our circumstances for what they are and make the best decisions we can, “given the givens."  - Howard Marks

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 8, 2020 - 7:50am

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Aug 8, 2020 - 10:50am

I wish there was a way to turn on notifications for a post without this, but right now it’s the best way

What’s past is past and can’t be undone. It has led to the circumstances we now face. All we can do is recognize our circumstances for what they are and make the best decisions we can, “given the givens."  - Howard Marks

 
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Aug 10, 2020 - 12:48am
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