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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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CMA for Corp DevCorporate Monkeys, What do you think of the CMA designation in regards to how beneficial it is for a career in Corp Dev? I am currently in a mid size company in energy and utilities, and I have a background in Economics & Math. I didn't study any accounting at University and studied a minimal amoun...
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Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Investment Services - Review - Financial Planning and AnalysisGreat work environment, amazing boss who does not micromanage at all. Lots of snacks, Work is interesting.. Not sure about upward growth. Not sure about bonuses. People don't hang out for happy hour or after-work activities....
Grant Thornton - Review - Transaction Advisory Services- Great work life balance. The team has been extremely helpful in teaching and training. Great visibility within the firm.. - Often seen as a tier below the Big 4. The client base is often middle market firms as the Big 4 receive the fortune 100 deals....
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Currently at FAANG Corp Finance, have an offer for TMT Corp Strategy - Need advice Here's my situation: I graduated with a top 10 MBA a year ago and started working at one of the large tech companies on the west coast in Finance. Overall, the role has been OK. Sometimes the work is really interesting and impactful (30% of the time), other times I feel like a glorified accountant (...
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Associate role with BIG 3 CRA vs Senior Financial Analyst with F500Hi, I have recently completed MBA and have two full time offers. The role in BIG3 entails credit ratings and with F500, its primarily focused on forecasting and budgeting. In terms of long term growth and career progression, which role presents better opportunity. Thanks in advance...
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Expected return (cost of equity)Hi guys, I have a question regarding expected returns on stocks. Expected returns on stocks are calculated using the CAPM model. In the DCF model to value a stock cash flows to equity holders are discounted by this cost of equity (via the wacc). If you calculate the enterprise value using a dcf mo...
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AmerisourceBergen - Interview - PharmaceuticalsIt was a fairly easy interview. No difficult questions were asked. More so, I was talking about my experiences and my skills and how I have utilized them in the jobs and roles I have taken up. Questions Included: - Background Overview: Target graduation date, ideal career path - Relevant Coursew...
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Finance Management Analyst Program Bank of AmericaDoes anybody know anything about this program? Salary? Exit Opps etc? Personal experience? I am interested ...
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Corporate Finance vs Transnational Services Hey everyone, I'm currently about to start my penultimate year at university after the summer break, I will be mainly applying for IB internships but due to the fact how competitive a spot on SA programme is I will be applying to Corporate Finance and Transactional Services too. I'm applying to the...
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CFA worth it?Is a CFA worth it in Corp Finance? I'm currently a SFA at a mid-level public company doing budgeting/forecasting/reporting/etc. but am trying to find a way to differentiate myself to help move my way up the ladder. I already have my MBA (from a respected local school but not really impressive). ...
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CFO Services / Outsourced CFO Career Path?This was something I've been wondering about for a while and I don't think I've seen a related topic on this yet. Does anyone have experience with working for an outsourced CFO services firm? I see them used often for early stage companies and it seems pretty interesting. Sometimes they even end up ...
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Wells Fargo and Company - Review - Financial ServicesAlright company to work for, isn't like JP morgan or Goldman. The work life balance is healthy and they encourage you to have interests outside of work.. Not much of a company culture at all, the internship program is poorly put together and seems like it's still in early stages. ...
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Advice: determined to go to Asia: FP&A @ F100 or Corp Strat @ F500?FPA @ CPG F100 or tech Corp strat @ F500? Want to be/work in Asia within the next 2 years (Singapore/HK/SEA). Looking for advice. Would appreciate any words of wisdom here....
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Johnson & Johnson - Review - Healthcare- Work team was involved in my development - Compensated for weekly OT w/out having to raise the question - Young team. - Dry culture - Age gap between interns and staff - Co-op experience varies heavily based on work team...
Ford Motor Company - Review - StrategyVery Happy with the Job - not so much the area (metro Detroit). This company offers great perks and benefits. . Great Finance rotational development program --- and great opportunity to get your MBA paid for if you want to stay in the automotive sector. ...
Wells Fargo and Company - Interview - FinanceHow do the three financial statements connect? How would $10 depreciation affect all three statements? What made you choose your university? Do you regret your decision? How do you think the company is doing right now with its public image? What would you do to change and improve the image? Please e...
CarMax - Interview - Strategy I was referred by an existing employee. If you can, go this route. An internal referral = guaranteed call from an internal recruiter. The call with the internal recruiter focused on my past experiences, why I was interested, what did I know about the position, and what did I know about CarMax. Fri...
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Summer After Sophomore Year 2018I am in the summer after my sophomore year, and I was not able to get an internship, so I just ended up taking a summer class at my local college(in Colorado). I go to a target school and have a decent gpa majoring in finance and mathematics. I had a tough time adjusting to the rigors of college my ...
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Morgan Stanley - Review - Risk Management- Company culture is unparalleled - Hours are more reasonable relative to the industry - Wide array of local perks within the area. - Compensation is undervalued & countercyclical the the growing location - Talent tends to be targeted from the same select regional schools...
Facebook - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)It’s an awesome place to work for. You can create a lot of impact and make the world more open and connected . We work hard. Things move very fast. But, the reward and satisfaction more than make up for it. Better than most places...
BMO Capital Markets - Interview - Consumer - RetailThe most difficult question was asking what my biggest weakness was and what was time that I addressed this weakness to strengthen it? Another difficult question was what I could improve the most, they wanted me to describe something that I was already good at but then give ways in which I could im...
Wells Fargo and Company - Review - TreasuryManagement is great, flexible hours, lets you work on what you want (exposure to other groups). I got a project with people in different cities all together.. Initial group placement wasn't top choice. Intern coordination was poor- not a lot of formal training....
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What Major For Valuation?Hey Everyone, Recently, I've garnered an interest in Valuation to start my career - and potentially keep it going as I move forward. But to do valuation, should I major in accounting or finance? I've been hearing so many mixed responses, and cannot tell. I personally love finance more than account...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Transaction Advisory Services- Working environment was positive and very friendly - Staff cared about learning experience of interns. - Culture could be more competitive, challenging and dynamic - Full-time staff generally seems to feel slightly underpaid/ undervalued...
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FLDP F500 vs Big 4Not to beat a dead horse, but I have not heard much recently when it comes to FLDP programs, so I was wondering if someone could be able to give me some insight. Currently a rising Junior, in a summer internship at a F500, ( low 400s) in the tax department. While I thought I would enjoy tax, it tur...
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Wellington Management - Review - Global MarketsThe company is full of friendly people who are willing to answer questions. They are also very bright. The compensation seems fair and they are lenient regarding hours worked, assuming you're getting your work done (i.e., its not a strict 9 - 5). . While people are good at answering questions, they ...
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Wall Street Prep vs Udemy: Financial Modeling Certification on ResumeHello everyone, I’m someone who is 2.5 yrs out of college that has been working in Digital Marketing. My degree & interests lie in Finance however, and I’m preparing to apply to Corporate Finance/FP&A roles across startups and F500 companies. Sometimes these roles look for someone with finance/I...
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Compass Lexecon - Review - ConsultingGood pay paired with good hours. Great culture and small team leads to great deal of responsibility on projects.. Workflow is unorganized and difficult to follow. Scheduling is unclear and unpredictable. Work occasionally too academic. ...
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Excel Modeling Interview Questions for a CF Analyst PositionHi all, I am a Management Consultant who is trying to pivot into a career in corporate finance. I have my first interview next week and was told there would be technical questions around excel modeling and finance knowledge. My undergrad background is in accounting and finance, so I am confident th...
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Best Entry-Level Corporate Finance Jobs/Companies Hi everyone, I am a rising junior studying finance and international business at a top 50 school. I am interested in corporate finance. I have a good GPA but I know that I don't want to work over 40/50 hours and I am not set on climbing the corporate ladder. Since I don't have a clear picture in m...
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What are some of the cushier roles in Corporate ($125-150K/year and ~45 hours/week average)?what types of roles are good/what should you shoot for if you are being honest with yourself and really only care for a middle-class lifestyle and value time >> money?...
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Morgan Stanley - Review - AccountingGood company. Offers good flexibility. Solid knowledge of Real Estate gained. Management is nice and great to work with. Sometime gets mundane. Work for interns becomes what you expect: basic work, which isn't a bad thing....
Exxonmobil - Review - Oil & GasGreat benefits if you’re a male, very stable employment, generally immune to market conditions, great for ChemE’s. Super old school company, not an empowering place to work. No 360 reviews and tough to network around supervisors. ...
Johnson & Johnson - Review - PharmaceuticalsOverall it was a good place to work at. The office was nice. Everyone was friendly and willing to help you. Theres good food at the cafeteria.. There aren't enough desks for people. It is a first come first served basis of getting a desk. Work can get very hectic during the quarter closes....
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Break into Strategic Finance from accounting background in Private Equity IndustryHello Monkeys! I've been exploring my career options for a while and wanted to reach out for advice. Appreciate your help! My background is 3 years in Big 4 audit in Asset Management industry, and 1.5 years fund accounting (plus operational roles) in private equity firm. I'm in serious consideration...
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Microsoft - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)Great people, and managers! An amazing culture. "Learn it all" culture; no one has a "know it all" mentality. Everyone is willing to do a coffee chat with you about their role/experience at the company. . Too laid back of a work environment for your 20s. The internship was 12 weeks(too long), should...
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Financial Management Analyst Program at Bank of AmericaI recently received an invitation for an in-person interview for the Financial Management Analyst Program (FMAP) at Bank of America. Has anyone been part of this program and can offer me some advice for the interview process and some insight on the role I will be performing?...
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CISI/ICAEW diploma in Corporate FinanceHi All I wanted to get a view on the relevance of this certification in the UK corporate finance / development market. This seems like something which some Banks get their staff to pursue on the job. I am not keen on joining the banks but wanted to test if this holds value in Corporate side/ also ...
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Any info on Deloitte Capital Advisory Services?Ran across a practice on Deloitte's CF page called Capital Advisory Services. Anyone have any insight into what these guys do and what the potential exit opps would be? Description: "Seeking liquidity or growth? The Capital Advisory group at Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC is a dedicated team of cr...
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How hard is making a VP?What level of difficulty are we talking about when referring to a VP in Corp Fin/Dev/Strat? Is becoming an MD or Partner in MBB harder than making it to VP?...
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Kinder Morgan - Review - Oil and Gasgood people in the work place, upper management are nice. Attractive women in the office. Not a lot of politics.. culture of complacency. there are many seniors stuck in their own ways. Not a lot of frill in the office. Very bare....
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How to value running brick plant?If one company/individual wants to buyc a brick plant/(Or the company/individual wants to sell its brick plant), how can they value the brick plant? What kind of financial model they can use? ...
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Mizuho - Interview - TreasuryWhat financial services Mizuho Bank offers in the U.S.? Be specific.   Explain how depreciation flows through the financial statements.   Why do you want to work for Mizuho? How does your professional background fit the needs of Mizuho? What makes you different from other applicants? Why do you wa...
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M&A Valuation: Company Sale & Share BuybackHello everybody! Maybe somebody could help me with the following question. Let's imagine the situation: the public holding company A sells a part of its business (company B) for a certain amount of money to another company C. The company A *uses the proceeds from the sale of the company B to repurc...
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Home InsuranceOur friends are moving bank to USA for a few years and in the meantime will be letting their house on long term let. They say their [home insurance](http://new-horizon-insurance.com/) covers them - is this correct? I though that you had to declare if your home is being rented out to the insurance co...
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KeyBank - Review - Business DevelopmentGreat company to work for. Really stressed personal growth and owning your work/internship etc. Was a flexible team that allowed many of the seniors to have great work life balances.. Deal flow not ideal. Would like to be in a position where I am challenged more and have more opportunity to grow. ...
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Cost of Equity - WACC Calculation Hello fellow Monkeys, I need your expertise on the current cost of equity. Since January 2018, we all have been experiencing the rise of interest rates in the US as well as the drop in the corporate tax rate. But one area that has not been discussed much is the rise in the cost of equity. The equit...
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Fate of Corp Dev Teams after being acquired?M&A has been on fire lately across the tech industry with massive headline deals ($1B+) occuring almost every month. I'm curious what happens to the corporate development team of the company being acquired or merging with another company. Here are a few hypothetical (b/c I dont have 1st hand experie...
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Video Game Industry / Capital GenerationHi All, I'm looking to see if there is anyone working in the video game industry, specifically in corporate finance, treasury, strategy or M&A roles. Looking to learn more about the industry. Especially if you work for one of the bigger studios (Activision/Blizzard, EA, Riot, etc). Specificall...
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Finacity - Interview - Structured Productsmost of the difficult questions were concerning my degree, why an MA and not an MBA. I was also asked about specific deals I had worked on at my previous bank. Was asked if I had any experience with large international firms and my experience with analysis account receivables. ...
PepsiCo - Review - N/AQuality firm and good exposure to financials. A lot of responsibility with the internship project. Chill culture overall.. Office location is out of NY city, and there is generally a strong hierarchal, "big-company" structure....
JPMorgan Chase - Interview - RotationalThere weren't many difficult questions. They were typical behavioral ones in addition to the usual tell me about yourself, walk me through your resume, why JP Morgan, and Why this program (very important to have a good answer). I received many questions about experiences on my resume as well. I also...
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Accounting Internship interviewHi WSO. Any advice for an accounting internship interview with a large trade credit insurer? It seems like the role will be mostly invoice processing and admin work. This is my first interview for an internship and I'm not sure what to expect. Cheers...
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Director and Sr Director Comp at Fortune 100?Can anyone give a rough estimate as to what Director and Senior Director compensation looks like in Corp Dev/Strat if you're working at F100 Company? Is 500-600k possible or is it generally lower? Thanks...
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Accenture - Review - Technology Consulting- Good work life balance if you work for it - Interesting projects - Strong support and amazing culture. - Internal networking required - Long nights for certain client projects - Long travel and diminish employee happiness ...
Lockheed Martin - Review - Corporate FinanceVery friendly and supportive work environment. The other functions are very open to letting interns shadow them and get a broad experience in the industry in general. Upper management is also very active in giving interns the best possible experience. . Location isn't very appealing for the younger ...
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Corp Dev Signing Bonus?Curious if people would be willing to share their signing bonus for Corp dev offers. Industry / years of experience / title or level (analyst, etc.) would be a decent start. ...
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The most in-demand programming languages I'm not sure which one to focus on for a Corporate Finance job. Any pros and cons appreciated: Java Python C++/C# SQL...
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Interesting lending/risk startupsHey all, I'm looking to switch jobs, preferably staying in credit but at a more innovative and quant focused environment. What is the most interesting credit/risk oriented startup you've heard of, aside from the lending clubs/prospers/etc. of the world?...
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Deloitte - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsThe work hours are easy. . Self development ...
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July 4th LA WSO Meet Up?Hi guys, Do we have meet up during July 4th week in LA? I'm in LA for vacation in that week. I'm looking forward to meet some monkeys....
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Commonwealth Bank of Australia - Review - Corporate BankingAmazing team culture, competitive yet friendly work environment, very personal development focused, 7.5/10. Not IB, reputation has suffered in the press recently, progression a little stunted, not a GS or JPM....
Microsoft - Review - Capital Markets-Really great/nice coworkers -Manager let me choose projects I was interested in -Solid mentor figures that genuinely wanted to help me -Got to sit in on some really cool meetings with banks -Being on the buy-side (corporate treasury) is pretty interesting. -Sometimes the days dragged on, since the...
Johnson & Johnson - Interview - Financial Planning and AnalysisIf x happens to assets what happens to owners equity? I was interviewing for the finance co-op, so I was not expecting to be asked so many technical accounting questions. You can expect the interview to be half technical questions and half behavioral. For the accounting questions you basically just ...
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Is this a MO or FO job?Hi, Need some insights in below job description, this is within custody & fund service. Is this FO or more MO position? Business Overview & Role Description: The Americas Custody Cash Product Manager will be responsible for product definition and financial performance of the payments and cash mana...
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Question re: Transitioning from IB to Corp DevHope that everyone is well. I was looking to move to corporate development after spending a few years here in banking. I have a few interviews upcoming and just wanted to get a sense of a few things from folks who had been through the process -- 1) Was the format of the interview similar to typica...
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Houlihan Lokey - Interview - Mergers and AcquisitionsOne question was "how are the financial statements related". Another question was, "you have a 100 ounce (referring to the entire system) glass filled with water. You pour half of the water out and now the entire system weighs 60 OZ. How much did the glass bottle itself weigh?" There was another ...
Guggenheim Partners - Interview - N/Ahow does X change in depreciation affect the 3 financial statement? What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness? Alot of general technicals and accounting questions. Was asked about a time I had to lead a team, struggles that occurred during, how I over came them, and then overal...
JP Morgan Securities - Review - GeneralistHappiness was ok. I was bored and overworked with repetitive work all the time and the experience was medh.. Very boring. People I worked with sucked and they had no life apart from work. Plus, all of them were kind of fat....

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