Summer Analyst...Struggling

i started on live deals recently at a BB and have been having a difficult time anticipating work. On several occasions my team will have no work for the entire day, and after checking in with my analysts, I will leave the office and head home. The next morning, I'll see tasks come in from 2 or 3 AM to be completed. Is this my fault for not keeping an eye on email when I'm home or around bedtime hours? 

I also did not expect to be having to WFH often because our internship is in-person, so I did not invest in a WFH office setup (I am also in a tiny apartment in NY with only a bed so I don't think I could fit anything). 

Genuinely looking for advice here on what to do, I may be coming off as clueless and unaware of how the dynamics work. 

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Comments (7)

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 13, 2021 - 8:50am

I think your fine. Are the requests coming from the analysts who told you to go home? When you leave you could say something along the lines of "is there anything else I should do? If not, I'm going to head home and go to bed. If somethings urgent, give me a call, otherwise I won't see it until x"

but def double check with your analysts on what they want you to do. Or someone you have a good relationship with.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 13, 2021 - 4:54pm

I have a follow-up comment/question on this. Wouldn't it sound rude to say you are heading home and going to bed? What's that borderline between being rude and reasonable? Or am I just over-thinking? I am at a MM that has a relatively good culture (analysts and assos willing to help and teach), but I don't how conservative my language should be when communicating things like this. "Give me a call otherwise..." would sound demanding and disrespectful to an extent if a summer analyst was saying this. 

Jul 13, 2021 - 9:14am

Talk to them and see what they say. I think they are just getting the tasks out there for you so you have it when you wake up. Not sure but just communicate, honestly the most important thing to do as a SA. I'm on 5 live deals rn, sometimes they do send off stuff late but no one expects it to be turned until tomorrow in my experience.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jul 13, 2021 - 10:11am

can't imagine a request coming in at 3am being urgent when you've already left the office. Most likely they probably just sending it your way for the next morning, but it's good to check with the team on how you should manage that.  

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 13, 2021 - 12:26pm

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