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Goldman's New No Work After Midnight Policy

Years ago, back when I worked as a freelancer, there was this bar in Lower Manhattan that I frequented due to its notoriously good Sunday night happy hour, which actually began on Monday morning, that is, it began at the stroke of midnight-at 12 a.m. As I recall, this bar would be nearly empty on Sundays until about 11:56 p.m., at which point the place would begin to fill up and, by 12:03 a.m., there wouldn't be an open seat in sight. Read More >

Why More Women Aren't CEOs

On July 1, KPMG's Lynne Doughtie will become the first woman to hold both the CEO and chairwoman positions at a Big 4 firm. Doughtie will join Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte's CEO, in the Big 4 C-Suite. And so, come July, half of the Big 4 will be run by women. To be sure, this is a sign of great progress with respect to gender equality in the workplace. Unfortunately, it is also a reminder of just how few women still hold senior roles in U.S. firms. Read More >

Tricked-Out Cadillacs Are the New Corner Office

You've probably heard about (if not ridden in one of) those vans equipped with Wi-Fi and other amenities that cart the average tech worker at Facebook and other companies to their respective jobs in Silicon Valley. But what about the big swinging managers at the top of those firms? What do they take to get to their corner offices in traffic-congested places like the Bay Area? As it turns out, more and more of them are getting in tricked-out Cadillacs created by L.A. Read More >

Pros and Cons of Graduate Film School

George Lucas went (to USC). Kathryn Bigelow went (to Columbia). And Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese both went (to NYU). But there are scores of other accomplished directors-including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, the Wachowskis, and Miranda July-that never set foot inside a film school (except, perhaps, to screen one of their films). Read More >

Young Banker Loses Two Jobs Over One Email

Poor Justin Kwan. The second-year Barclays banker thought he was merely making a harmless joke or two when he sent an email to the new class of summer interns with the subject line "Welcome to the Jungle" and including in its body the "10 Commandments" of the power and utilities banking group, of which he was a part. Instead, Kwan's email, which was anything but harmless (in fact, it was quite humorless), was quickly posted on scores of websites, including Gawker, Dealbreaker, and WSJ. Read More >

WARNING: Working on Wall Street Kills

In the wake of two recent deaths of young Wall Street bankers, it seems a good time to revisit the subject of punishing hours in investment banking. In case you hadn't heard, earlier this week news spread about a 22-year-old Goldman Sachs analyst who'd fallen to his death in what appears to have been suicide. Read More >

Does Hiring Based on 'Cultural Fit' Encourage Discrimination?

My first job after graduating college was working as a financial analyst for an investment bank in New York. A couple weeks into that first job, one of the associates I worked with told me how the behind-the-scenes decision making process went in my hiring: The managing director of the group in which I worked wanted to hire another candidate with a higher GPA and better (more directly-related) internships. Read More >

The Wildest and Craziest (and Maybe Most Helpful) Commencement Speech of 2015

Except for processed meat and pie, there's nothing America loves more than comebacks, underdogs, and crazy rambling acceptance speeches. Which means America must love Matthew McConaughey, the Texas-born actor who staged quite a career turnaround on his way to an Academy Award in 2014, and gave quite a strange speech upon accepting that award. Read More >

Where the Self-Made Billionaires Work

Forgetting, for a moment, that money is the root of all evil, that money can't buy happiness, and that it's easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter paradise, let's talk about billionaires. More specifically, let's talk about self-made billionaires, because anyone with a head and a heartbeat can inherit a billion, but not everyone can make a billion on his or her own. Read More >

Forget Goldman and McKinsey, Take a Gap Year Instead

Australians and Europeans have been taking them for decades, and now the practice of taking gap years-ditching the workforce or school for a short time and instead living and working abroad-is catching on in the U.S. And studies show that it might in fact help academic and job performance. Many academic experts argue that a gap year improves students' performance later on, makes them more mature and more independent. Read More >

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