Yeah, I don't make as much as my friends who did IB, but I'm still making 6 figs after 5 years in a big city where 6 figures actually has purchasing power (i.e. not NYC/SF/LA) and work a helluva lot less. Furthermore, a lot of my friends in IB have either washed out on the buyside and are looking to get their MBAs, or missed on PE recruiting and are in corp dev/corp fin roles anyway. Sure, the ones that made it on the buy side or moved up within banking are killing it, but they are also completely out of shape, having dedicated almost all their time to being the best at their job, and are constantly worried about job security and don't ball out all the time anyway.
Finally, even though I don't make that much, I can also live anywhere in the country instead of mega finance centers and can still make upwards of $200K as a controller or upwards of $300K as a CFO (if I'm lucky) even at regular MM companies. For example, I want to move to Denver because I love the outdoors/skiing, and it's much easier for me to find a job out there than a comparable IB/PE job.
Is it really the money/"prestige" or why is it such a big deal online? Outside of a few assholes, most people in IB/PE value whatever contribution I have to their project and don't have the same attitude as people on finance sites. Why is it so commonplace to crap on "other" finance careers online then?