Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Junior Banker in Parents’ Attic Shows Why Industry Is in Uproar

The pandemic is exposing the rigors of Wall Street life, and the industry's struggle to attract and retain talent

The moment his eyes blink open, Maninder Sachdeva pulls his glowing phone to his face and skims emails. He promptly sits up, slides to a small desk by his bed and starts his workday.

Sachdeva is a first-year analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s investment bank in London -- or more precisely, in an attic bedroom at his parents’ home, working on a laptop while also video blogging his 16-hour workday. He starts by responding to emails, jots a to-do list, calls a colleague. Then he puts on jeans.