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Customized for: Jingwen Wu ([email protected]) Ecole Polytechnique Online Career LibraryVisit the Vault Finance Career Channel at – with insider firm profiles, message boards, the Vault Finance Job Board and more. 73C A R E E RL I B R A R YStuffy bankers? The stereotype of the corporate finance department is stuffy, arrogant(white and male) MBAs who frequent golf courses and talk on cell-phonesnonstop. While this is increasingly less true, corporate finance remains themost white-shoe department in the typical investment bank. Theatmosphere in corporate finance is, unlike that in sales and trading, oftenquiet and reserved. Junior bankers sit separated by cubicles, quietlycrunching numbers. Depending on the firm, corporate finance can also be a tough place to work,with unforgiving bankers and expectations through the roof. Althoughdecreasing, stories of analyst abuse run rampant and some bankers comedown hard on new analysts simply to scare and intimidate them. Thelifestyle for corporate finance professionals can be a killer. In fact, manycorporate finance workers find that they literally dedicate their lives to thejob. Social life suffers, free time disappears, and stress multiplies. It is notuncommon to find analysts and associates wearing rumpled pants andwrinkled shirts, exhibiting the wear and tear of all-nighters. Fortunately,these long hours pay remarkable dividends in the form of six-figure salariesand huge year-end bonuses. Personality-wise, bankers tend to be highly intelligent, motivated, and notlacking in confidence. Money is very much a driving motivation forbankers, and many anticipate working for just a few years to earn as muchas possible, before finding less demanding work. Analysts and associatestend also to be ambitious, intelligent and pedigreed. If you happen to be