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  2. Just wanted to start a conversation as it's something I ponder almost every day and I'm sure many of you have valuable perspectives civilization culture ...

    101 comments7 Jun 2019 -

  3. “Venn Diagram” shops

    Private Equity

    What firms would you say lie at the center of the Venn diagram of (a) good culture, (b) big fund size, say $8-10BB latest raise, and (c) good to great recent performance? culture ...

    22 comments8 Jan 2020 -

  4. Right Wing, left wing, I ain't a bird, I really don't mind what my fellow friends or colleagues beliefs/views are etc.. as long as we can can work in harmony and we make a kickass good team it really shouldn't matter right? Have you guys ha ...

    48 comments8 Aug 2018 -

  5. I'm finishing up my summer analyst stint in IBD at my BB bank and I was talking to some of my friends about their summers at their firms and the perks that we'll get as analysts. My friend told me that at Houlihan Lokey they get Unlimited Metro ...

    81 comments7 Aug 2016 -

  6. mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past- Best of Eddie"- This one is originally from November 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. Has marriage become obsolete? According to a recent Time ...

    103 comments17 Nov 2012 -

  7. Lev Fin seems to be one of the more variable groups I've heard in terms of average days. Specifically speaking, how do hours compare between BBs vs. Elites vs. Boutiques? Obviously the days are much slower than a DCM group but nature of the companies ...

    74 comments26 Oct 2018 -

  8. Im curious about the culture at a Goldman Sachs for an analyst in the Asset Management division (GSAM): Specifically, I'd like to know: How many hours per week they work. If the work is stimulating and exciting (relative to other groups) Salary and b ...

    142 comments8 Nov 2016 -

  9. I've been reading Coming Apart by Charles Murray, which details the systematic decline of morality and industriousness among the bottom rungs of society. It pissed off Paul Krugman, which meant I had to read it myself. Murray argues that this decline ...

    204 comments6 Mar 2012 -

  10. JP Morgan Culture NYC

    Investment Banking

    Hi I have an unofficial interview with an executive director at JP Morgan IBD in NYC. I wanted to ask about what the culture is like and what kind of people they look for in new hires. I've heard that people who work there tend to be pretty chill but ...

    51 comments25 Feb 2018 -

  11. I am really debating myself whether IB is a suitable career path for me. I love the idea of working hard, learning 24/7, and using every bit of my neurons to produce high quality works that may help my firm win that lucrative deal. I am a technical guy wi ...

    25 comments19 Jul 2017 -

  12. After a long day at work, few things can beat having a good drink to relax. As you hit the couch and open the bottle, the aroma greets you like a seducing temptress. And man do you want to give in. Pouring yourself a glass and giving it a whirl, the scent ...

    42 comments4 Sep 2010 -

  13. The "Culture" of a bank

    Sales and Trading

    Since we are slowly migrating from the interview stages to the post offer stage, the threads are starting to move much more towards XYZ vs ABC. I wanted to take time to talk about the "culture" question that keeps coming up. In particular kids a ...

    59 comments10 Feb 2011 -

  14. BB Culture in Two Words

    Investment Banking

    Describe the culture of each BB in two words. Based on impressions or experiences. Both equally valid. culture ...

    36 comments10 Dec 2013 -

  15. Hey guys, it's been a while. Lately, I've noticed that many (but certainly not all) bankers seem to possess an air of culture and refinement. I'm sure that some of them have been well-groomed since birth, attending fancy boarding schools, o ...

    39 comments21 Oct 2012 -

  16. Equity Research Culture

    Equity Research

    Not many people here have addressed the "CULTURE" on equity research desk, can someone provide me some insights on the following questions What is the relationship between junior associate and senior analyst like? Will the analyst closly mentore ...

    38 comments6 Mar 2017 -

  17. WASPY- Culture

    Investment Banking

    The culture in my bank/team can be best described as sorta-"WASPY". Without going into too much detail, how to best... "deal" with it? The guys are pretty nice--- it's just that coming from a more diverse background (including sch ...

    46 comments18 Jun 2010 -

  18. What are your thoughts on the following banks in terms of company culture: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Barclays, and UBS? How is the culture of their investment banking divisions in particular? Company co ...

    19 comments21 Jun 2017 -

  19. The overwhelming impression here is that investment banking is suited for aggressive, confident alpha males. Deal-makers, rainmakers, Ari Gold types. Why is it then that many analyst classes are filled with Asian females of all people. This won't be ...

    28 comments9 Aug 2011 -

  20. I love Liar's Poker. It's my favorite book. My adoration for this story is probably shared by a lot of you fellow monkeys. However, much of the industry has changed since that epic story came out in 1989. John Gutfreund is dead. Some would say e ...

    13 comments3 Dec 2016 -

  21. Highbridge Capital

    Hedge Fund

    Just wondering if anyone has any inside info on this firm? I know that had a pretty rough 2008 with losses and redemptions but had a pretty solid 2009. Have they pretty much rebounded? What is the comp/culture like? compensation culture Salary ...

    19 comments6 Mar 2017 -

  22. So You Think You Work Long Hours? Greetings! I've decided to interrupt my article series for international students in order to provide some content that's potentially interesting for all the readers here at WSO. I will however return to writing ...

    14 comments10 Apr 2014 -

  23. Differentiating MBB

    Management Consulting

    What are the differences between McKinsey / Bain / BCG in terms of day to day experience? I've done a search but have mostly found information about exit ops, whereas I'm looking for details on work/life, amount of choice on type of projects, mo ...

    26 comments5 Aug 2009 -

  24. 1. What "smart" looks like Once you get accepted into business school, it soon dawns on you that for the first time in a while, you'll be sitting in class with some incredibly smart people. Of the thousands of people that applied to the pro ...

    13 comments24 Oct 2015 -

  25. Each trading desk seems to have its own culture. For example, cash equities are known to be more laid-back, and among firms, Morgan Stanley has a reputation for being "fratty" while goldman and Credit Suisse traders lean towards the more cerebra ...

    21 comments8 Jun 2010 -

  26. Anyone have any information on Honeycomb Asset Management (Culture, Investment Style, Etc.)? Only info online is a couple of Business Insider articles, no website or anything. Seems to have started ~3 years ago, founder is from P72. honeycomb hedge fund l ...

    9 comments31 Oct 2018 -

  27. Where would we all be without Liar's Poker? No other single book gave such a funny and accurate portrayal of the culture inside an investment bank. That book and the movie Wall Street heavily influenced my decision to become a stock jockey. Michael L ...

    14 comments31 Jan 2011 -

  28. Most people working on the street will agree with me that the culture is full of people with egos bigger than the size of their brains. Your most trusted comrades at work will not think twice before sticking a knife in your ass. From working for the last ...

    17 comments12 Dec 2008 -

  29. Piper Jaffray SF office

    Investment Banking

    Just wondering what the culture and hours are like at Piper Jaffray's SF office. Tried running a search here, but all I come across are the typical knocks on its lack of prestige and the "that's so Piper Jaffray-ish" remarks. culture P ...

    13 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  30. I'm a senior in college. I am a business major with knowledge spread around finance, econ, and marketing. I'm not 100% sold on finance mainly because of the culture. Do more relaxed places exist? Or am I looking for corporate finance? Anyway nic ...

    13 comments19 Jan 2015 -

  31. Blackstone Culture

    Private Equity

    Can anyone comment on the work environment at BX, particularly in PE? Dress code formal? Start time in the morning, interaction with senior management etc? Thanks for any insight! culture blackstone BX Salary ...

    15 comments6 Jun 2012 -

  32. What does everyone think about the importance of having a connection to your cultural identity? I hear about this issue a lot with second generation Asian Americans and Jewish Americans. Seeing this forum has a lot of Asians and Jews, I want to get your o ...

    13 comments12 May 2014 -

  33. what's better in terms of culture, deal flow, exit opps? Credit Suisse Tech SF, Deutsche Bank Tech SF, BAML Tech Palo Alto, Citi Tech SF? technology summer analyst reputation culture Exit Opps ...

    10 comments19 Sep 2016 -

  34. I've got an interview coming up with Oppenheimer & Co. for an IB analyst position, and I was wondering if anyone has anything to say about the culture of the bank after the CIBC acquisition. Also, is the first round of interviews more fit or tech ...

    12 comments16 May 2015 -

  35. Brown Brohters Harriman NY IBD

    Investment Banking

    Can anyone chime in on culture/pay a BBH M&A /PE? I know its an old company, looks like analysts get a great experience and move onto the PE / VC world or bschool. Not a lot of info. on culture, hours, pay on here. Would greatly appreciate any info. c ...

    10 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  36. Since it seems like supersized paydays are a thing of the past, will trading continue to entail the grueling hours and tough environment? As I understand it, the reason traders/bankers/financial professionals worked so hard was for the trade off of millio ...

    13 comments22 Dec 2008 -

  37. BofA vs Deusche

    Investment Banking

    Hi all, I'm a college senior, trying to decide between offers for full time Analyst at BofA and Deutsche. BofA ML is for generalist in their NY office. Deutsche is for tech in the San Francisco office, which is also Deutsche's headquarters for t ...

    12 comments15 Oct 2009 -

  38. Hey all, anyone heard of Mandara Capital? I had an interview with them and the next step would be a face to face in London. Just want to see if anyone has in depth knowledge of the company culture, presitge, pay, and anything else that I might need to kno ...

    9 comments9 Feb 2017 -

  39. Anyone know anything about Highland Capital Management's NY office? Size, culture, how desks are structured? Comp would be great but I know that's asking a lot. I know Highland's got a wide range of credit strategies and is pretty big in th ...

    10 comments14 Aug 2013 -

  40. In the comments from my post last week about differences between the US and China, a few people had expressed interest in what Chinese people see remarkable about our culture. I think the biggest thing that almost in a sense fascinates Chinese people abou ...

    8 comments29 Jan 2013 -

  41. Leaving Desk During Day

    Investment Banking

    I am more familiar with S&T jobs where you have to be at the desk all the time during the hours of 6am- 4pm, give or take. You basically have no time to go off the desk and do w/e. However, in banking, is this also the case? I know that you basically ...

    9 comments28 Dec 2012 -

  42. Hi everyone, I just want to ask if anyone has worked for Schroders before or is working for Schroders? What's it like working there? What's the company culture like there? Thank you thank you!! culture graduates work Salary ...

    8 comments29 Mar 2017 -

  43. I was just reading about the charity Wall Street boxing match that was held a while and it had me wondering if real fights ever occur between coworkers? Obviously there can be a lot of tension/competition. Have you guys ever seen any good fights break out ...

    9 comments4 Feb 2010 -

  44. OppenheimerFunds

    Sales and Trading

    Hi, does anyone work at OppenheimerFunds that could give me some insight into the company? I'm looking more for the culture, environment, pay scale, people, and how easy it would be to move up. job culture pay environment people Salary ...

    7 comments11 Jan 2018 -

  45. GS Interest Rates Desk

    Sales and Trading

    Hey Everyone, Does anyone have any insights on Goldman Sach's interest rates desk? I was looking to find out more about the culture there and what qualities they look for so as to get a feel for how to prepare for an interview (for both sales and tra ...

    8 comments2 Apr 2013 -

  46. Hi all! I just started a job as an accountant at IBM. The dress code there is stated as business casual. I had my first day today and showed up in a suit and tie. I noticed that almost nobody in the entire building wore a tie, never mind a suit. MY manage ...

    7 comments6 Jan 2016 -

  47. I'm considering getting into ER after graduation. I have two boutique IB (or will have) internships under my belt along with a 5 month internship in public finance. I go to a nontarget with a 3.4 gpa. I've done a lot of searching on this site, j ...

    6 comments4 May 2011 -

  48. lazard freres: elite boutique

    Investment Banking

    Lazard Freres really looks like the Goldman of the boutiques in the US! However, do you know any specificities of the firm that make it look so special! coz well it's still a boutique! Why do so many sophomores prefer offers from Lazard as opposed to ...

    6 comments21 Feb 2010 -

  49. Many of you might have seen the CNBC article or segment on TV today about YUMmies (yes, it's kind of a shitty acronym), or Young Urban Males as a growing group of the luxury retail and travel industry. While the CNBC article points out the highlights ...

    5 comments22 Mar 2014 -

  50. I have an offer from Stifel Nicolaus for their IBD office in Baltimore. I also have an offer from Ewing Bemiss, its a boutique in Richmond with about 20 bankers. I liked the guys at Ewing Bemiss more, but I feel like Stifel would provide me with better ex ...

    5 comments25 Oct 2010 -

  51. Hi, If one interned at a top boutique in M&A and worked one's ass off and did a good job but did not receive a full-time offer at the end (obviously one is somewhat subjective here), can anyone think of a good way to spin this in an interview sce ...

    5 comments10 Nov 2008 -

  52. Hey All, I accepted a job offer for an analyst position at a well-established real estate investment firm based out of London. They have offices all over the world, but I will be working from San Francisco. I would say the office dress code is somewhere b ...

    4 comments5 Oct 2015 -

  53. Barclays IBD- FIG

    Investment Banking

    What is the general perception of Barclay's FIG group? I am in the middle of interviewing for a few BBs and looking to enter into FIG. I understand it may be a specialized industry, but I really enjoyed my experience over the summer and want to conti ...

    4 comments14 Aug 2015 -

  54. Lexicon partners

    Investment Banking

    What are people's views on Lexicon partners? Are they a good shop? What's their reputation like? Also, does anyone knwo what it's like working there (hours, culture etc)? Thanks in advance for any info! culture ...

    4 comments20 Jun 2011 -

  55. Hey guys, I have interviews with JP Morgan and Citi this week/next week. Was wondering if you guys have any comments on what the culture is like at each bank, and what kind of person they would be looking for? Any specific things I should mention during t ...

    4 comments19 May 2010 -

  56. For those who don't drink alcohol, how are happy hours (are they awkward)? Are you perceived differently in the office? Have you noticed any downsides from this decision in an industry full of those who do and where it is truthfully idolized? culture ...

    3 comments2 Mar 2018 -

  57. QG Alt Investments is part of Quantum Global Wealth Management working out of Zug, Switzerland. I have an interview coming up for Sr. PE Associate in their Infrastructure Fund. Not much deal history or news publicly available on these guys, aside from the ...

    3 comments14 Aug 2014 -

  58. Hi Monkeys, A lot of IB applications (both student and experienced) ask you to include 'industry expertise'. I worked at a boutique investment bank focused on one industry last summer. When asked by interviewers if I want to stay in that space, ...

    3 comments8 Jan 2014 -

  59. http://afr.com/p/business/financial_services/the_b... No idea why this was published in Australia as three quarters of these firms don't even operate here. Thought I'd share... CREDIT SUISSE (DOWN FROM 4 IN LAST SURVEY) Pros: "Working with ...

    3 comments6 Sep 2012 -

  60. Previously my time in banking, there was a lot of rigid communication rules (unspoken ones). I had to be super cautious when reaching out beyond my team for information. And it wasn't just the department I worked, but its company wide cultural thing- ...

    2 comments28 Jul 2014 -

  61. There has been a lot of talk on this forum regarding JP's Private bank and their IM team. I was curious if anyone could give a perspective on the Solutions team. In particular, what are the typical hours of the various groups and what the work enviro ...

    2 comments19 Mar 2013 -

  62. Barcap Healthcare Group?

    Investment Banking

    Does anyone know what the healthcare group at Barcap is like? The people, size of group, deal flow, etc. Barclays culture healthcare ...

    2 comments22 May 2010 -

  63. I have an AC for Barcap IBD London next week, and I'm trying to do my research as thoroughly as possible. However, I do not actually know anyone in Barcap except for a friend of mine who's already been offered an SA position. So, if there is any ...

    2 comments8 Feb 2010 -

  64. European Bank Culture

    Investment Banking

    Hi all, I've heard that European banks have different cultures that can only be described as "European." What exactly are the traits of the cultures of European banks, and how much does it affect their offices in the US? Thanks. UBS culture ...

    2 comments11 Oct 2009 -

  65. Maybe I've been watching too many TED talks on leadership over winter break, but I got to thinking if any monkeys had examples of where firm culture, for better or for worse, really impacted performance (or even returns) in PE? I'm especially in ...

    1 comment4 Jan 2020 -

  66. NYC vs London vs HK

    Investment Banking

    Hey! I was wondering if you guys could give me the pros and the cons of NYC, London and Honk Kong for IBD? Things like pay, culture, workload, nightlife, cost of living, food. I haven't seen any discussion comparing these cities in detail so if you c ...

    1 comment8 Sep 2019 -

  67. Very curious about this. Some reviews on Glassdoor say things like "culture has gotten worse" and "politics are getting more important", but I'm really curious to get some perspective from people in the know, if possible. If anyon ...

    1 comment16 Oct 2017 -

  68. Structuring vs Equity Research

    Sales and Trading

    [Deleted! No longer relevant.] [Deleted! No longer relevant.] [Deleted! No longer relevant.] [Deleted! No longer relevant.] BB Sales and Trading Equity Research corporate derivatives equity derivatives associate exit culture ...

    1 comment9 May 2018 -

  69. Perhaps the epitome of a "first world problem", I cannot decide where to live this summer. A bit of background, I'm rather fortunate to do most of my work remotely, and have "resided" in 17 countries in the past 5 years. ("re ...

    1 comment29 Apr 2017 -

  70. Kind of a quirky question. So obviously firms have a bevy of tools to help ease the analyst experience now. If you want a debt or equity quote or information on junk bonds, you can pick up the latest review from the cap markets team. If there's a rea ...

    23 Apr 2016 -

  71. Last year, the NFL asked performers to start paying to play the Super Bowl halftime show. It was immediately rejected, but there was an irresistible hypothetical question there: What if the NFL was right? The halftime show reaches well over 100 million vi ...

    11 Jan 2016 -

  72. You can't make this stuff up. Findings include: A 2001 Gordon Gekko hip-hop album, Harry Markopolos's high school year book, Leonardo DiCaprio earrings, and much more. http://www.firmex.com/thedealroom/the-10-weirdest-... culture Funny ...

    23 Dec 2015 -

  73. Do people use Name Fields in IB

    Investment Banking

    Do people use the name fields in excel within formulas? I can see it going both ways. I can imagine an associate flipping a Shit when he sees average (Cogs) as opposed to E7:H7. But at the same time it might be more helpful if there is a name in the cell ...

    26 Apr 2014 -

  74. Bridge Strategy Group Reputation?

    Management Consulting

    Wanted to see if anyone was familiar with Bridge Strategy. They're a boutique MC with a lot of ex MBB, Booz & ATK people. I wanted to get insight as to the type of work they do, culture, lifestyle, etc. Thanks! mbb culture work lifestyle Salary ...

    4 Feb 2014 -

  75. Satori Capital

    Private Equity

    Is anyone familiar with Satori Capital? They are based in Dallas, TX. Yes, I'm asking about general hierarchy attitude, hours, etc. culture ...

    18 Oct 2012 -

  76. Trying to Pick Offer

    Investment Banking

    What are some good questions to ask an analyst/associate of a firm you already received an offer from? I know what the people there are like and I truly enjoyed meeting them? Would it be horrible to ask about pay/bonus or hours? Maybe how the weekend hour ...

    7 Oct 2012 -