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Does Work/Life Balance Exist on Wall Street?

It's no secret that investment banking analysts and associates work an obscene number of hours per week. Of course, hours can vary from firm to firm, city to city, and group to group. (Bulge bracket M&A bankers in New York, for example, tend to work more than corporate finance bankers in San Francisco.) But overall, I-banking requires junior bankers to work anywhere from 80 hours per week on average up to 110 hours week. Read More >

Is Law School a Mistake?

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ, only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of those graduates held full-time, long-term jobs at firms with more than 250 attorneys. In response to the WSJ article, J. Read More >

Findings From Vault's 2012 Banking Survey

An overwhelming percentage of investment bankers are extremely satisfied with their jobs. Company culture is deemed the most important factor by jobseekers when deciding upon which bank to join. Prestige is the second most important. A firm's commitment to social responsibility and diversity is the least. Three out of every four bankers are white males. One out of every 33 bankers is African-American. One out of every 50 is openly gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual. Read More >

Facebook and Google vs. The Squid and the Whale

We've recently closed our annual Banking Survey and are currently compiling the results. This means that a new Vault Banking 50 is forthcoming soon. (Truth be told, it's coming the first week of September). Read More >

Yale Grad Who Fought Wall Street Dies at 22

Today I was planning on blogging about an article that was published last week in The Wall Street Journal on the proliferation of liberal-arts colleges requiring students to take classes in entrepreneurship, business, and managing their (future) careers. Read More >

3 Questions to Ask for a Higher Quality Internship

With the all hubbub surrounding unpaid internships, it's clear there's a disconnect between what interns want and what many employers are offering. Labor laws dictate that an "internship" must pass a series of litmus tests to be considered legally unpaid, including providing structured training; and the intern no displacing a paid employee (or performing the same job for no pay that they would otherwise be entitled to compensation for). Read More >

Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan: Which is More Prestigious?

Vault recently closed its 2012 Banking Survey, which asked thousands of bankers to rate their peer firms in terms of prestige. This summer, based on the results of the survey, we'll be revealing which firms ranked as the 50 most prestigious this year. Which means we'll soon know if Goldman Sachs managed to hold off J.P. Read More >

Are You Leaving Vacation Days on the Table? Don't!

Thinking of planning a vacation? In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, do it. Do it now. According to a December survey, the average employee left two unused vacation days in 2011, which, according to CNNMoney (who used the average salary of the workers, $39,000, to calculate) adds up to $34.4 billion in time. Want to guess where those profits go? Yup, directly to employers. Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Wall Street Analyst

Although not every investment banking analyst who works in corporate finance or M&A for a bulge-bracket bank (Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, etc.) puts in 80 hours a week constantly throughout the year, many of them do just that. Read More >

50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

Vault has been releasing rankings of the top accounting firms in North America for nearly a decade. When Vault initially began ranking accounting firms, we only ranked firms in terms of prestige-that is, in terms of a firm's reputation as perceived by professionals at other accounting firms. Later, we increased our ranking offerings to include "quality of life" categories such as firm culture, compensation, diversity, training, hours, and job satisfaction. Read More >


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