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Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle (English Edition)

Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

John Rolfe
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Time was when you took a job that you realized was not for you, you made the best of it and moved on. Now, though, you get your bitter revenge by writing a book trashing your former employer and coworkers. Rolfe and Troob worked as associates at investment banking powerhouse Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. It's hard to sympathize with the pair. Their first full-year compensation was about eight times what average college graduates earn at their first job, and they traveled by private jet, stayed in the best hotels, and ate in the best restaurants. On the other hand, they put in 20-hour days, suffered the abuse of "rabid, power-mad bosses," and lacked meaningful personal lives. Relying heavily on "frat-house" humor, they tell the tale of their brief careers. Rolfe and Troob do provide some insight into what investment bankers do, and their story may serve as a warning to others considering entering the field. But if, as they claim, business school graduates are clamoring for such jobs, this warning will fall on deaf ears. David Rouse


They Hit "The Street." Forget what you've read, forget what you've heard, forget what you've been taught. Monkey Business pulls off Wall Street's suspenders and gives the reader the inside skinny on real life at an investment bank, where the promised land is always one more twenty-hour workday and another lap dance away. "The Street" Hit Back. Fresh out of Wharton and Harvard business schools, John Rolfe and Peter Troob ran willingly into the open arms of investment bank giant Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. They had signed on as foot soldiers in a white-collar army of overworked and frustrated lemmings furiously trying to spin straw into gold. They escaped with the remnants of their sanity-and, ultimately, this book. Uncensored, unsanitized, and uncut, it captures the chaotic essence of the Wall Street carnival and the outlandish personalities that make it all hum...and it will become the smartest, most entertaining investment you'll make this year.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen The system works fine 23. Juli 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Having had the pleasure of working with investment bankers from several firms recently, this person was looking forward to learning more about what these guys have to go through. Sure, the hours are tough and long, and the perks are even more tremendous than anyone could imagine. But go figure, to succeed in any high powered profession, there is a period of ungodly work hours required, and a true dedication to be successful. Go ask any physician, who has to work harder in the early parts of a career than any banker. The authors prove what anyone who has been through a successful career chase knows, to be able to persevere and be successful at something, you have to enjoy doing what you are doing. The system has a way of weeding out those who are only in it for the money, and it worked fine here. Rolfe and Troob are opposites in many respects, but brought together by a disdain for a career path they had chosen - and chosen only to get rich. Troob on the one hand, decides that life has more to offer than the commitment to a successful career in investment banking would allow. He comes across as decent, bright and able to be successful at lots of things. Misery loves company, and Rolfe is the loser who even after leaving DLJ can't make it in a job. He tells how he got in through good fortune, and appears to detest every thing he was doing. Now let me see, I get a job, but I can't stand the work, and I hate it, therefore the system must be terrible that this career that pays so well isn't fun for me. Jealous of those who are successful in a career where he doesn't belong, he tries to blame the system for creating the scumbag that he is, and take it down with him on his spiral to nowhere. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Male Locker Room Humor about Investment Banking 18. September 2007
Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
Before going into my review, let me start with a caution. This book is the grossest, most vulgar business book I have ever read . . . by a very wide margin. This book would have been banned in Boston 50 years ago. If that sort of thing offends you, this book is a minus ten stars. Many women will feel this book is anti-female. On the other hand, if you happen to like your humor male, bold and brassy, this book will be one of the funniest you will ever read.

As someone who often works with investment bankers, the descriptions about how business is sold and delivered should be tempered a bit. This book describes pretty much every investment banker as shoddy, shallow, and manipulative. That has not been my typical experience. There are terrifically smart, talented, ethical and humane investment bankers. For example, one of my favorites never used a pitch book during his first meeting with a client. Pitch book preparation is one of the banes of the young investment banker's existence. But like all professions, investment bankers vary a lot. There are certainly some less capable ones, and I have seen their work too. I would describe it much like the authors do.

In terms of the working conditions, they are mostly a reflection of weak management in the industry. Investment banks reward doing deals, not being good managers of the deals. A fellow I know became CEO of a major investment bank, and made much less money after that than when he was just a deal-maker. He found little interest on the part of his colleagues in improving management, so it was pretty frustrating. It just doesn't pay to work on making life better for the investment bankers in training, compared to producing more business.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hillarious 20. März 2007
Von Stephan
Monkey Business is one of the most fun reads I ever enjoyed. It showcases just the right amount of sarkasm when picturing the newly minted MBAs dream of getting into I-Banking.

Kudos to the authors that did not hide behind generalizations but always used own (very specific) examples when describing experiences they made.

Sometimes the language used is a bit raw, but hey, that's just I-Bankers lingo, isn't it?

This book a good read for anyone thinking about going to a Business School, into Investment Banking. But also everybody else who wants to read a fun story should consider this book.
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This is one funny book. Monkey Business will still be read by business schoolers and junior Wall Streeters 20 years from now. Many Wall Street books out there lose their timeliness quickly and slip into obscurity, but this one manages to make its point(s) without dating itself. My guess is that it will still be making folks laugh far into the future. Rolfe and Troob have managed to be prescient, as the ugly side of the gold-seeker mentality has come to the fore with the this year's blow-up in the dot com world. Rolfe and Troob made the right decision to follow a different path several years back, and they're now being followed by numerous young professionals who realize that there's more to life than this year's bonus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic! 24. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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Monkey Business is "the" book to read about Wall Street and the new generation of bankers. I am an I-banker and what Rolfe and Troob say and how they say it is absolutely true and right on the money. The profanity (either by design or not) is perfect because that is the way it is on the Street. The stories are typical of every investment bank and the abuse that junior bankers endure is universal. Basically, bankers no longer have pride in their work, but just do it for the big bucks. I am and at least I know it. Some of my contemporaries think that they are better than that, but they are not. Banking is a meat and potato business and the real brains and entrepreneurship in this country are going into venture capital and the internet. Applause to Rolfe and Troob who are the sages of our day and are smarter than all the guys they left behind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen When I read this I was like "Holy s***! Really?"
And now, that I worked in the business for a while, I am like "Yep. Really!".
Read this book and if you have not worked in the business you will not believe it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 3 Monaten von Thomas Dudek veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle
Sehr interessantes, lehrreiches und lustiges Buch. Besonders empfehlenswert für diejenigen, die vom Investment Banking keine Ahnung haben, aber dort arbeiten möchten :-))
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2010 von Stani
3.0 von 5 Sternen Zynisch. Passend. Genial!
Eines der genialsten Bücher, das Wallstreet hervorgebracht hat! ein echter Brüller - insbesondere der Zynismus, mit dem der Alltag des M&A beschrieben wird! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. September 2008 von Sarah Schuebl
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great insight report about Wall Street
It is amazing to see how investment bankers work. They make and move a lot of money, but only if you are on the top. The foot soldiers have a very hard life down at hierarchy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2003 von FastForward
5.0 von 5 Sternen Is it worth it?
Seems to be the same in all I-Banks - money does it for some, not for the others!
Great book and an eye-opener for people wanting to enter the halls of the I-Banks! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Oktober 2002 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic fun.
There aren't many business books that I would characterize as "fun", but Monkey Business has managed to do what few others ever have. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good
As an I-banker, some of the things he mentioned are absolutely true. But after reading Liar's poker, it's not as good as expected. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderfully Hilarious
Oh yeah, those guys on Wall St. are rakin' in the dough and living the high life. Right? Wrong! This book is a hilarious account of two investment bankers (IB's) and their... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2000 von dbatts
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