I worked in the Investment Banking Division of J.P. Morgan for 3 years at the beginning of my career. It is tough for me to not compare it with my experience building my startup, Flexiple, as I see stark differences:
1. Perception vs. Reality
It mattered so much more that you are perceived as the hardworking person than actually being one. For e.g. Staying late, sending emails at odd hours, drinking lots of coffee, etc. are good ways of posturing yourself as a hard worker, even if you just chilled out the entire day 😅
2. Fluff vs. Substance
This was one of the most painful aspects as an Analyst - even if the recommendations to a client could be conveyed in 2 slides, making 50+ slides was mandatory. This I think is a symptom of many industries which are afraid that they aren't adding enough value. They try to make it up with unnecessary fluff.
3. Money vs. Passion
I don't think I met anyone who was passionate about the job. They just did it for money. Of course, money is a necessity, but an entire industry devoid of passion towards their work was surprising.
i. We work remotely: So, only one's output talks about their effort - other pretensions don't matter.
ii. Are bootstrapped: And don't have the bandwidth to engage in fluff - only substance drives our growth.
iii. Work with passion: Finally, at the moment, we make much lesser than we would have in traditional jobs. But the passion for what we do ensures that we hardly notice that!
Very interested to know how your experiences have been across different companies and what you have learnt about yourself as a result?