According to The Wall Street Journals’ Daniel Huang, Justin Kwan, a second-year analyst in Barclays’ global power and utilities group, sent an email to the bank’s new interns with the subject line “Welcome to the Jungle.”
The email purports to introduce interns to the “10 Power Commandments.”
Kwan claims that for the next nine weeks interns will “live and die” by the commandments.
The highlights include (all sic):
“Commandment” 3: “We expect you to be the last ones to leave every night….no matter what. That’s what good summer analysts do. (Also getting in earlier than me would be a power move – You should enjoy your casual 9:15AM PT arrival time this Friday, but I wouldn’t get used to it).”
“Commandment” 5: “Never take your jacket off at work. This is investment banking, ladies and gentleman. Other groups may be mor liberal when it comes to summer dress code, unfortunately were not”
“Commandment” 7: “I recommend bringing a pillow to the office (yoga mat works as well). It makes sleeping under your desk alot more comfortable, in the very likely scenario that you have to do that.”
“Commandment” 8: “You are expected to allocate at least half your seamless web order for group appetizers/snacks for the month of June. No questions asked. Once the 2nd years leave, you can enjoy your $25 allocations.”
The WSJ reported that Kwon couldn’t be reached for comment while Barclays told the Journal the email “was in no way authorized” by the firm.
Holy shit I need to switch career paths ASAP and wrangle my way into an internship at Barclays this summer. Only if I’m in Justin Kwan’s group obviously, I’d apply specifically and only for that. Seriously, Multinational banking and financial services company…or motherfucking frat house on Wall Street? No difference. Just busting ass from sun up to sun down makin power moves and cashing checks with the 10 Power Commandments as my guide, jacket never off, 14 spare ties in my desk drawer, ordering apps off Seamless for the group like I’m at god damn Happy Hour at TGI Fridays. I can handle the heat Kwan! Let me in the kitchen! I fucking hate family reunions!
PS – I found those typos pretty much immediately BTW Kwan, Barstool Spelling Bee champ, mean anything to you? Consider that resumé in and of itself.