I've been in investment banking for over 25 long and sleepless years. I've worked at both a traditional Swiss boutique in Switzerland and BB banks in London and NY. Sorry to threadjack (pm works if you'd rather not change topic on the thread) but I was wondering if you could give a more candid perspective on the differences between Europe/US/boutique/BB? I know the traditional stereotypes they have, but it's hard to really ask people what differentiates the firms in terms of atmosphere, culture, etc. (ie, ask a boutique banker why they like their boutique and they'll just say more responsibility than at a BB, but obviously never really speak ill of their new firm). I guess what it boils down to, is should I really care about the supposed "culture" of a bank?