IB to Tech

Nov 22, 2019 20 Comments

Been working at GS as an IB analyst for a few months and absolutely hate it. The finance “culture,” strict hierarchy, and hours make me dread going to work. TC: $125K

Newly interested in exploring more creative and flexible roles in tech like SWE or DS/ML

Basic knowledge of Python and I come from math/physics background.

What should I do to get started?

Master in Data Science? Coursera? What roles would I have a shot at without getting a CS degree?

Would of course explore self-study first but looking for initial guidance


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TOP 20 Comments
  • JPMorgan Chase / Eng oooppp
    Goldman, along with jpm is investing tons of money in tech. In fact that new Goldman CEO described it as a tech company. There'll be a brain drain from tech to bank in the coming years
    Nov 23, 2019 6
    • Goldman Sachs udXQ53
      DSol has done a lot to try and rebrand the firm (incl DJ-ing in Brooklyn) but hasn’t quite cracked pressure-cooker hardo lifestyle :/
      Nov 23, 2019
    • New oeeL53
      He never will if you want to keep that sweet TC
      Nov 23, 2019
  • Uplift exfinbro
    TC for IB at GS is not 125k unless ur a really shitty bottom bucket analyst on ur way out.
    Nov 24, 2019 2
    • New / Product

      New Product

      Pretty sure their first year bonus is max 60k on the 85 base so 145 max. GS pays low bc they can w the prestige factor. Elite boutiques pay waaay more
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Airbnb aects2784
      GS lowballs like Google for the same reasons Google does
      Nov 25, 2019
  • Atlassian d@t_person
    Self study —> data analyst (easier probably at startup) —> data scientist. If you have an actual math degree play on that too.
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • New Pxlu23
    how would you self study on those hours?
    Nov 22, 2019 1
    • New oeeL53
      Yeah that’s gonna be tough
      Nov 23, 2019
  • Amazon TiCi
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • Amazon fejj zebos
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • Facebook / Eng Iff
    There are two hurdles you have to cross - having a resume that stands out enough to warrant a callback, and having the technical skills to pass the interviews. The most efficient way to pass the second one is just a lot of Leetcode and a lot of time. The first one is a bit trickier; if you're a social person, build your network and make friends with people who work at the companies you want to work at, and ask them for referrals. If you're not a social person, get random referrals from Blind and apply to as many companies as you can.
    Nov 23, 2019 1
    • AT&T MsdR32
      Also, put some fancy sounding stuff on linkedin and message recruiters after you apply places.
      Nov 23, 2019
  • Microsoft QuitMSFT
    TC or GTFO
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng adjej
    i though new analysts get like 150k
    Dec 3, 2019 1
    • New Pxlu23
      they do, this guy is "bottom bucket" meaning he was ranked low by his managers
      Dec 4, 2019


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