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WSO Hall of Fame: Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy Forum The Wall Street Oasis corporate finance, Development and Strategy Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the corporate finance, development and strategy industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To vi...
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Corp. Dev and/or Corp. Strat Role with a non-finance/accounting background?I am ready to leave the consulting world behind & I've been eyeing corp dev or strategy roles, though would be open to other roles in industry. The thing that gives me pause is that I don't have a strong finance/accounting background (though I have a very basic understanding of both). My backgroun...
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Apollo Global Management InternshipI applied for a Private Equity Summer Analyst role at Apollo and today I was offered an interview with Apollo's Corporate Finance BP&A team. Is the BP&A team within the Private Equity wing of the company? What could I expect to do in the BP&A role? Would I be working with portfolio companies? Any he...
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Corporate FP&A vs. Division FP&AI've got two job offers in hand. 1. Mid-sized pharma firm (growth history), product development (division) FP&A team. 2. Fortune 50 tech (mature), Corporate FP&A. I have 1 year of accounting/finance experience. Offer is low 60s+bonus for both. My big question: What are some of the major difference...
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Grant Thornton - Review - GeneralistPretty happy , but wish the pay was higher given the high amount of hours that we work. Overall good culture . Pretty happy , but wish the pay was higher given the high amount of hours that we work. Overall good culture ...
Deloitte - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsGreat work/life balance, and interesting projects. Some exposure to M&A but deal flow light. Company has great benefits.. Promo opps are slow. People are pretty out for themselves. Pressure to go into client service opportunities (consulting)...
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Goldman Sachs - Review - AuditI had a very pleasant hiring process. I had my HR phone screening, hireview, and then was invited to superday.. I don't have much to say in respect to cons because i haven't started working yet. The hours will be a little lengthy....
PepsiCo - Review - N/AFlexible work-life balance, good pay for right out of school, strong portfolio of consumer products.. Less “perks” than tech, CPG under pressure (though PEP is in better shape than most companies), rigid org structure...
Qualtrics - Interview - N/ATell us about your background. Why finance? What do you know about finance or the role it plays at a company like Qualtrics? Why Qualtrics? What do you plan to gain from this internship? Tell us about a time where you had to resolve a conflict within a team. Do you have any questions for us? ...
PepsiCo - Review - N/AI had great hours that allowed me to spend time outside the office, very nice manager who helped me alot . There is not a whole lot of responsibility given to an intern which can cause some really boring days...
Raytheon Company - Review - DefenseIncreasing responsibility as internship went on, PTO as an intern, very friendly co-workers who were patient to teaching concepts and inclusive of employee resource groups. Raytheon works on a 9/80 schedule, but in California interns cannot participate in this benefit. As a result, on some Fridays t...
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JP Morgan CIB Risk Management Superday InterviewsHey all, I have a Superday this coming Friday for JP Morgan's Corporate & Investment Bank Risk Management 2019 Summer Analyst program. I am REALLY nervous and was wondering if anyone has recently/ever gone to a Superday for this program in particular? What kind of technical questions should I expec...
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What could a Director, Senior Director, VP and SVP expect to make?Once you reach the upper echelons of any corporate job, the numbers get a bit harder to find. So I was wondering if anyone here would know if my estimate is accurate? Director: $150k-$250k Sr. Director: $180k-$300k Vice President: $250k-$500k Sr. Vice President: $400k-$750k Is this close to wh...
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New York Life - Review - TreasuryGood Work/life balance. Decent pay. Easy to advance up corporate ladder assuming you work hard. Pay increases are competitive. Feeling minimal learning experience. Very tedious work at times. Technology advancement is needed significantly....
Grant Thornton - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsVery social office. Good deal flow. The hours aren't very long, most leave the office by 6pm. Chance to get offered a place on the grad scheme. The only negative is that the pay is pretty poor, but then its too be expected on a placement year at an accountancy firm. ...
Morgan Stanley - Interview - GeneralistThe group interview was the most challenging. It has two parts of the group interview. Firstly, an interviewer would present a picture of Lego for 1-minute, then candidates gotta re-build the construction in next 10(or 5) minutes. Next, we gotta come up with a marketing plan of the lego construction...
Wells Fargo and Company - Review - Financial ServicesGreat work-life balance, supportive coworkers and interns, given lots of responsibility as an intern.. There were a few occasions when I did not have anything to do and had to wait on stuff to come my way....
Bloomberg - Review - GeneralistI was interviewed via phone and was asked to also interview for the technical operations dept. After that interview, they thought I'd be better as the MDA so they flew me up to their office for a round robin of 3 employees interviewing you (mostly the same questions from all three employee) and flew...
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JPM Coporate Client Banking/ Middle Markets HireVuesHi All, Has anyone by any chance come across the Corporate Client Banking CCBSI Hirevues or the the ones for Middle Market Banking MMBSI Hirevues? How were they different from IBD? I'm from a target but I've been feeling a pinch with being an international student, I just got the HireVues on Frida...
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FP&A to Corporate Finance ConsultingIs it possible to transition from fp&a to a consulting career in corporate finance? I am considering MiM or MBA...
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FLDP from non-targetI'm an Accounting and MIS major that is looking for opportunities to join an FLDP in technology, CPG, Pharma, or retail. At my school, only one F500 have established recruiting for their FLDP. What advice do you have for me to when applying to other companies like Microsoft, GE, General Mills, and o...
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Houlihan Lokey ADG in DC? (CorpFin=IB)After searching thoroughly on this site and a few online sources i'm finding information to be scarce. I have an interview with their ADG group based out of the DC area for a Summer Financial Analyst role (SA19) and was hoping to learn some more. **Does anyone know anything specific about this g...
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Amazon - Interview - Corporate FinanceHow did you handle a disagreement with a coworker or manager? What is an area of self-improvement and what are your current steps to overcome them? How do you handle challenges or obstacles to completing an important task? How well do you handle ambiguous projects or task where you have limited reso...
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Which industries pay the best for corporate roles?Anyone exiting from finance, consulting, accounting or law are looking for the best option when taking a corporate role which is why I'm wondering which industry pays the best? I hear a lot about tech being one of the top industries to exit into compensation wise though what about other profitable ...
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Just got corporate development offer: salary expectations & negotiation tipsJust heard back from a private firm with ~700m in sales in retail/tech space for a corpdev senior analyst/associate role (1-1.5 years of boutique M&A experience from target UG). A senior ex-banker and I will make up the team. They asked me about comp, and I stuck to my guns and deferred to them with...
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DaVita Healthcare Partners - Interview - Corporate FinanceBehavioral Which core value of DaVita do you feel you most align with? What three words would your closest friends use to describe you? Why did you choose to go to xxx school? Case First case: market based question, focused on breaking into a new market either through acquisition, joint venture, or...
Capgemini - Interview - Management ConsultingThe most difficult was the case interview. It was a little different than typical case interviews as you got only one exhibit, i.e. only one graph with information. Then you got 5 minutes to structure your thoughts, and then the interviewers would come back for 15 minutes so that you could as questi...
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Barclays 2019 Internal Audit Summer Analyst Business Insight Online AssessmentApplied yesterday and got an automatic email with the assessment. Did the assessment today. Does anybody know what happens next? If I don’t get an automatic email after the assessment am I out?...
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Fidelity Investments - Review - BrokerageGreat Benefits Good Co workers Work is enhancing and exposure to financial statements. A lot of work with clearing and execution. Training is descent Location of the office is not ideal for a finance role Unsure about internal mobility...
Deloitte - Review - Generalist- free starbucks - friendly co-workers - learning opportunities - paid for my cpa pep program - flexible working location. - low salary ($42000) - long hours - mundane work - slow deal flow - little room to grow - no bonus provided...
Siemens - Interview - GeneralistJob interviews are tough. If you're not well-prepared, some questions can leave you frantically searching for an answer, says Barry Drexler, an expert interview coach who has conducted more than 10,000 interviews. With over 30 years of HR experience at notable companies like Lehman Brothers and Llo...
JPMorgan Chase - Review - Technology- W/L Balance - Access to Startup Executives - Networking - Access to internal top executives, exposure. - Limited Exit Opps - Loads of chimp work that added no value (all marketing) - Streamline operations...
New York Life - Review - Corporate DevelopmentEasy job with good benefits. Everyone within NYL is very kind and open to helping you learn. Average pay but easy work.. Movement within decision making in department is slow and bureaucratic. The position is rotational with very little choice of department across, risk, fp&a, accounting, budgeting,...
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Credit Suisse Financial Sponsors QuestionQuick question regarding the financial sponsors group at CS: I recently learned about the existence of a vertical known as UHNW (Ultra High Net Worth) coverage. I was wondering if this is contained within the sponsors group or is a separate group altogether. ...
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Northwestern Mutual - Review - OtherOver the past 5 years I have been working with the firm, I have grown to understand more about how Northwestern as a platform to begin and grow your financial advisory business seems tough to beat. While NM has allowed me exclusive access to their insurance and investment advisory platform, they als...
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Citibank Corporate Banking Final Interview in two days, any advice?*I apologize in advance, I know this isn't investment banking but I feel like this is the best place to post this to actually get replies.* So long story short, I have my final interview with Citibank Corporate banking on Thursday and I really want this job. It's based in Calgary (I go to school a...
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Barclays Finance Summer AnalystLast week, I applied to the program online through my university's handshake and immediately received an assessment. It was 40-45 min in length, and was 75% corporate finance technicals - the rest were situational behaviorals. I got an email today telling me that I passed and now have a HireVue to...
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Global Finance & Business Management Hello, I was recently invited to JP Morgan's Global Finance & Business Management Superday! Does anyone have any prior experience with this division? Can someone explain his/her superday process? Thank you!...
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Verizon - Interview - Corporate FinanceI don’t think that anything was too unexpected during the course of the interview. All of the one on one stuff was behavioral and really by the books. With that said, one of my interviewers dug really deep into how I balance work which is kind of strange. The group interview I knew was coming but ...
Intel Corporation - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)colleagues are helpful and supportive, however they are many are looking for another job. and finance is not a main focus dept. my manager sucks, he is looking for another job. he was jumping the sheet to google. not suggest iotg group...
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Debt Capital MarketsGreat work flexibility to work remote, home, and onsite, opportunity to work on a variety of projects which means more than one boss. low pay for work expectation, group is incredibly lean causing work hours to increase to 70-90/week, and work is not exciting...
Deloitte - Review - ConsultingDecent hours. Good training and structure. The Deloitte name is pretty big and the clients projects are usually pretty interesting.. Work can be a little bland and repetitive. Relatively high turnover, especially amongst the analysts....
Bluebox - Interview - Corporate FinanceQuestions were: Why corporate finance? What do we do? What sets us apart? What did you do on your last internship and how long did it last? What are you currently doing? Why do you want to work for us? Tell me about yourself/walk me through your CV. Pretty standard questions, nothing too difficult o...
LEK Consulting - Interview - GeneralistThe first case was very unstructured which I did not have much experience with. The case involved a small start up that has developed a revolutionary anti-aging technology and wants to partner with a larger cosmetics company to bring it to market. The question was: "what factors should our client co...
Abbott Laboratories - Review - GeneralistGood team Management was keen to hear younger minds Compensation at or above regular pay-level for the position in the field.. Work wasn't exciting enough Projects seemed a bit open-ended, though this is the nature of the firm....
Freddie Mac - Review - Strategy and OperationsGreat work life balance, great career mobility within the company, great benefits and perks including backup daycares . under conservatorship, cannot lobby, profit sweep, cannot buy and invest in other companies, tight control ...
Google - Review - GeneralistGood perks: generous medical, 401k, free food/gym, discounts, telecom reimbursement, paid vacations / PTO etc . Slow promotion; even if you do a great job, they don't promote you because there are other people in the line. There is also a lot of internal politics. ...
S&P Capital - Review - OtherGood work life balance Good culture with friendly and smart people Active management Great exposure . Low-ish pay Plagued with technology problems Not too many exit opps Mundane work Not alot of modeling...
JPMorgan Chase - Review - Markets- great reputation in the financial services industry - amazing, smart, and witty people who make the work day go a lot faster. - program is very limiting for growth opportunities - pay is also a lot lower than other programs at the firm...
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American Express Strategic Planning Group InterviewDoes anyone have any information on getting into this group as an undergraduate? What are the interviews like? Are there case studies involved? ...
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Corp Dev/Strategy Summer Internships ? (Undergrad)anybody has a list of companies that hire summer interns (undergrad) for their corp dev/strategy teams? Thanks!...
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IBM - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)Good hours, solid pay, solid room for advancement. Good people to work for, educated and polite. Solid benefits.. Less pay than competitors, low room for advancement, massive company, interpersonal feeling amongst employees....
american airlines - Interview - Corporate FinanceWhat are the different financial statements? Is depreciation included on the income statement? Why do you want to work for American Airlines? Why did you choose Finance as a major? They asked a few questions about Excel and functions we've used in previous models we've made. There were some question...
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - HealthcareTravel, food, employee perks, great group of people that are down to earth and are very open to any questions. Not working with team, airport hotels. Some of the projects require you to travel very far, which can be tough....
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MBA Offer - Corp Fin - Need help negotiating offer - what is reasonable?Hi all, I am an MBA from a top 20 school with 8+ years of Finance experience. I spent the summer interning in the bay area at a tech company and was fortunate to receive a full time offer. The offer is generous (see details below), but it seems a little low given my background/years of experience...
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CIT Group - Review - Debt Capital MarketsI enjoyed my time. The hours were pretty good for banking. Interesting work and a lot of opportunity. Great team / people in my group . Compensation is not inline with market. Deal flow is not very consistent and varies quite a bit by group. ...
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BB Corporate Finance Exit OpportunitiesI currently have an internship offer at a top BB think (GS/JPM/MS). Ultimately, it is a corporate finance position. I was wondering what the exit opps down the line could be if don't want to be in CF forever. What are the chances I could break into MO/FO Treasury/S&T/Equities Research/Asset Managem...
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Big Four management consulting to corporate financeHey guys, I'm hoping to secure an offer for management consulting at the big 4 but would like to make the transition to corporate finance once I have some experience in consulting. Would this be possible? I know people who have made the transition from audit to corp finance but not from advisory. ...
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How useful is L(L?)MM (£5-25m value mostly) experience as a stepping stone to a true MM firms?Hi guys Currently trying to see if i can transition to Corporate Finance / Corp. Dev from Strategic Finance position in Corporate (post Big4). Recruiter wants to put me forward for a fairly new (founded 5-6 years ago) by a celebrity Entrepreneur & a senior Partner from a MM firm based in UK. The f...
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Goldman Sachs Summer 2019 Risk/CorpFin ThreadI just got a HireVue for GS Finance, and GS Risk (only bank I didn't apply IBD). Does anyone know what to expect from this one? It's due insanely fast, I got it last night at 2AM and it's due Monday morning....
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Corporate Finance Career LadderHi WSO, I've been looking into CF as a potential career lately and I was wondering how long on average one spends at each level on the ladder i.e. how long does it take to reach director and VP and how does going through a FLDP or perhaps starting at a Big4 affect this? Thanks....
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GS Merchant Banking HirevueHas anyone ever done the Hirevue for the Merchant Banking Division Summer Analyst Program? If not, what questions should I expect? Thanks....
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Deloitte Corporate Finance Summer Analyst ProgramI know there are already a few posts about DCF, but I was hoping there might be some new information out there. Can anyone answer any of the following questions about the summer analyst program (mainly interested in the Charlotte location, but any info/advice would be appreciated): 1. Firm culture...
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