I could have called this one “The Slow Day” and it would have been more accurate. This is just about the slowest day you can have in investment banking and still call yourself a banker.
9 AM – Head in. I’ve been here for awhile now so I’ve stopped caring about arriving “early.”
9:30 AM – Call to review the Purchase Agreement we got for Client B yesterday.
10 AM – Realize that today may indeed be a much-anticipated “Slow Day.” There’s continued work on the presentation and Offering Memorandum for Client A and further revisions to our model for Client C (the private equity deal), but so far I’m spending most of my time shopping for furniture online.
I can’t find anything good online so I’ll probably have to go to a few places in-person over the weekend, assuming I have a weekend.
3 PM – A few hours have passed and I still haven’t done much. Client C keeps sending us a stream of information throughout the day but we’re holding off updating anything until they finish. This is fine by me – I love efficiency.
6 PM – Take a nap in the sleeping room.
The sleeping room is a designated office, usually unoccupied, where analysts take private calls (often with headhunters) and sleep under the desks if need be. It’s usually small and removed from public sight.
I don’t know if this is “official lingo” – this is just what we called it.
8 PM – Wake up from my power nap. I have missed dinner once again and the other analysts ate without me. Finalize presentation for Client A (the one who sent a bunch of last-minute changes the other night and forced me to rush to the airport) for another meeting the next day.
10 PM – Need to wake up for an 8:30 AM meeting with Client A at our office tomorrow, so I go home “early” and fall asleep.
This is an example of how you can have a “slow day” even in the middle of a busy week.
Your workload depends on specific requests from clients and how many pitches you’re working on; this week is unusual in that I had almost entirely client-related work and no pitches.
Series: A Week in the Life of an Investment Banker