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Eight Habits of Top Bucket IBD Summers

When I was starting out in finance a while back, WSO was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my first real post on WSO and I don't think I've seen one of these posts recently so I thought I'd put it up.

With the start of the summer, I've received a lot of emails recently from incoming summers (analysts and associates) about how they can best do their jobs. Over the years, I've worked with some great analysts and associates and I've noticed some good habits they've had. Some of these may be obvious, but sometimes it's nice to hear someone else say them out loud so here goes:

1. Mark-up My Mark-up

When you get a mark-up, nothing bothers the mid-level bankers more than simple misses (auto-ding to bottom bucket). Make a point to highlight or cross off items in the mark up as you go through them. Often I see people say to themselves "I'll fix this later" only to get swamped / jammed and forget. Senior banker time is precious and they need us to focus on the details so they can win business. Help them out, don't get in their way.

Steps and challenges to becoming a "sponsor"

Not saying that everyone in REPE, acquisitions, Asset Management, etc has an "end game" of starting their own shop, syndicating deals, raising a fund, etc. But I am sure there are many of us who are looking at that as the goal down the line.

Suits/Tailors in Los Angeles


I noticed a number of threads regarding suits/shirts/tailors floating around, but wanted to create a discussion unique to LA.

I've been looking at Requisite Clothing (whose website looks sketch) and Art Lewin (which is a bit out of my price range). Anyone know of a quality place in LA to get good work attire - trying to avoid the BBs of the world. Suit Supply, which has been suggested to me, doesn't come to LA until this fall and I don't really have the ability to wait that long.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help or tips here.

Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview

Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview

I think the most useful threads I've read on this site were threads from people like @BlackHat who explained a specific industry in finance and what they do. They always helped while I was in undergrad and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do so I thought this might help some people potentially looking into the industry.

Endowments & Foundations (E&Fs) are an industry that doesn't come up too much on this site and when I was evaluating my job offer there weren't a lot of resources out there to help my decision. Over the next few months I'm going to post a few threads like this one that go into detail on various aspects of E&Fs and answer any questions people may have about the industry. To give you my background, I currently work as a Jr. Analyst at one of the largest E&Fs in the US. Let's get started with a basic overview of the industry, how it works, and what a typical day is like.

Rewind - Succeed in Consulting — How to build a 30-second 'performance story' that will get you promoted" + Q&A

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Mexico Deal Experience

I work for a boutique investment bank in the Midwest and we are considering taking on a sell-side engagement for a Mexican manufacturing company. We have done a few international deals, mostly in Canada, and all have gone smoothly in regards to our contract being honored.

Leaving Your 1st Job Before 2 Full Years There

Looking for some advice...I am an associate at a boutique ER firm in the Midwest for the last 1.5 years and feeling like I've hit a wall with this company and industry. I have learned a decent amount being in ER, but I just hate getting caught up in the minutia and quarterly projects that we repeat.

AMA: CS/Finance Major -> Software Engineer

Hey all,

Recent graduate here trying to kill time before work starts. I've seen a number of recent posts about people in finance getting burnt out and considering picking up the skillset to become software engineers. I'd be happy to answer any questions about this trade-off, or about software engineering in general.

A bit of background about myself: I studied computer science and finance at a target university, and I graduated summa cum laude. I spent one summer in finance (hedge fund analyst) and two in software engineering (household name tech companies), and I will be starting a full-time software engineering job in a couple of months (another household name company). I thought pretty hard about a couple of other popular paths, including investment banking and product management, but I ultimately decided that I would be happiest in software engineering.

7 Tips on Reneging

So you were a summer intern at Company A and got a return offer for FT after you graduate. Congratulations! Except now that you're half way through the fall semester you are starting to have doubts on whether you should have accepted that offer. Or maybe you were approached by a recruiter from your dream job and don't know how to handle it. I was this guy. Over the past year I went through all of these thoughts, consulted a lot of professionals, and ultimately reneged on an offer - and it could not have gone better. Going through this process taught me a lot and I decided to share with WSO what I learned about accepting a FT offer that you may possibly renege on later.

1. Don't actively apply to everywhere and anywhere.

Be selective. If you've already accepted an offer you have a job, which means you have leverage. Additionally, you don't want to apply to so many places that it somehow gets back to Company A. I took the mentality of waiting for opportunities to come my way through networking, didn't apply anywhere and it worked out well.

The League: the real thing or just another dating fad?

No online dating app has made more waves than The League, founded by Amanda Bradford, a Stanford GSB grad. It started in SF and recently launched in NYC, and pretty much everyone I know has either joined or applied for it. It would be very interesting to see how this unfolds. This NY Post article is somewhat unflattering in its portrayal of the site. Some of the quotes are freaking hilarious, a parody of the well-educated urban elite.