Even though stocks have been breaking through all-time levels, it doesn't appear Wall Street job satisfaction has improved much since the 2008 financial crisis.
Between new regulations making the industry more complex and the rise of high-frequency trading, it appears many stockbrokers, fund managers and financial planners are actually under much more pressure now.
Overall finance employee satisfaction based on company ratings have not improved since 2008 to 2014, with a slight dip in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively, according to Glassdoor, a jobs and career website. In 2012, for instance, 52 percent of analysts said their outlooks had improved, a number that dipped to 41 percent in 2014.
It's a significant uphill battle to work in the industry, said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement and career firm. He said finance isn't as potentially lucrative anymore and doesn't have the panache as it once did. Indeed, trends have shown that MBA graduates are looking more often for jobs in technology and other fields, instead of on Wall Street.