Reflections on Stress and Long Hours on Wall Street


The Goldman Sachs headquarters in Manhattan. Goldman and other Wall Street firms are evaluating their work policies. CreditSpencer Platt/Getty Images

Earlier this year, a 24-year-old first-year analyst at the Goldman Sachsoffice in San Francisco was feeling overwhelmed by the all-nighters and 100-hour workweeks.

The analyst, Sarvshreshth Gupta, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who was born in New Delhi, told his father, Sunil, “This job is not for me. Too much work and too little time.”

In March, against his father’s wishes, Mr. Gupta quit. However, a week later, “By a quirk of fate, he was asked by his company to reconsider his resignation and under pressure from me, he rejoined,” his father wrote in an essay. Others at Goldman said he asked for his job back…

Reflections on Stress and Long Hours on Wall Street

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