I've been working in Corporate Finance for over 7 years now and my biggest concern at first was "I'm never going to meet clients".
Indeed, if you work in Financial Planning & Analysis or Treasury, most of the people you meet are your colleagues...no clients.
I discussed it extensively with Consultants & Investment Bankers and now I feel that never having meetings with clients is a blessing. Here's why I think staying away from clients is a great idea:
- Clients are always complaining about something or having crazy ideas that make you pull all-nighters. The same can be said about your superiors in Corporate Finance but it's easier to avoid working on stupid ideas since no external stakeholders are asking for the pitch every 10 minutes.
- If you are a junior analyst, you'd never be allowed to talk during a meeting with clients whereas in an internal meeting even if your MD/CFO isn't going to ask for your opinion every 5 minutes you can still offer some inputs.
I really miss the expensive dinner/drinks with clients though!
What is your experience with clients guys?