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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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The most laid back Corporate jobs for those of us without C-suite aspirations?Let's use this thread to discuss roles that offer amazing work/life balance and limited stress (i.e. **not** FP&A, development, etc.). It doesn't even necessarily need to be finance-specific as there are dozens of little-known roles out there that someone with a finance or analytical mindset can do...
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Revealing M&A Deal Experience to a RecruiterCurrently working as strategic development manager for large industrial firm, specifically M&A and partnerships. I've been contacted by a recruiter who is asking how many deals I've closed or are near closing. I wouldn't divulge any specifics on the deals, but is it generally safe to say how many ...
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Banking or Big four Hi everyone, So I am currently in Audit in one of the big four, it was not initially my plan but did not want to stay jobless after graduating with a masters in corporate finance. Anyway, i have the opportunity to join a deal advisory department in another big four but i am confused as to accept t...
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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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Company Interview: UBS AG - corporate advisory The interview was recorded which is very difficult. There's no one to ask you questions, you can see yourself being recorded, as soon as the question appears your own webcam goes on, so you don't have a choice but to come up with something. Questions were about the demonstration of leadership skills...
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Company Review: Moodys Corporation - Greatgreat overall company. focused and industry leader. great benefits and retirement contribution. work is manageable. work can get a little repetitive at times, not the most innovative "making a difference" job, but that is normal in Finance...
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Start career in Corporate Development or as M&A advisor at IB? Currently, I have 2 offers on the table: 1 role as CD analyst at a multinational and 1 as M&A Analyst at a respected M&A boutique (Big4 competitor). I just finished a 4 months internship as Analyst at an M&A boutique. Its my goal to eventually be head of CD at a large multinational, so starting my c...
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what is the average GPA needed to land a internship in corporate finance?im a Econ major at a non target (UMD) who is a freshman right now. I wanted to get a corporate finance internship during the summer after sophomore year. I was wondering what GPA do I need in order to qualify for a internship? is a Econ Major good enough?...
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Working capital/restricted cash question Hi, I have a question regarding working capital/net debt and restricted cash. Say a company have 200 in debt and 100 in cash where 50 of them is restricted because they PROBABLY have to be paid to customers at a later point. Ie. these 50 also has a payable account on the balance. My question is; ...
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CTP Exam preparationHello Everyone, Hopefully this is the correct forum to post this on. Because it relates directly to my line of work now, I have decided to take the [Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Exam](https://ctpcert.afponline.org/). I know this exam has some mixed reviews as to it's usefulness or relevan...
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Company Interview: General Motors - EXCEL TrackPlease tell me about yourself. Please tell me about your previous internship or other work experience. What was the key takeaway from your previous internship (Hint: something technical) How are your Excel skills? Are you able to take an Excel test? Name a time when there was disagreement in the wor...
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Company Review: Amazon - Amazon in SeattleGood tech company, good CEO, stock price may be in a bubble like the rest of the Internet industry today.. Vey different experience depending on the team. Lack of discipline in hiring and project selections....
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Exiting from Corporate DevelopmentWSO Community, I'm finishing up my first year at a private ~Fortune 500 company in their corporate development group (M&A, VC investments, some JVs, board presentations). The company's industry is loosely classified as business services. I was incredibly lucky to get this opportunity after two year...
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Strategy on Everything, Review of 'Strategy-A History'I found this review on medium, and I must say, it's simply golden and highly relevant for young and old alike operating in the business and highly resonant. I think what you find here in the degree of hedging that is tantamount to good strategy in everything--always accounting for risks/unforeseen e...
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Treasury/Liquidity Risk to Front OfficeWorking in Corp Treasury and ALM/Liquidity risk both in industry and at an MBB has been really cool experience over the past couple of years. Like anyone in MO will tell you, the hours are great, the pay is solid but limited, and the work can be interesting most of the time, not to mention direct ex...
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F&BM TreasuryDoes any one know about the Finance and Business Management role within Treasury at JPM? (hours, what the work is like, etc) I understand it is more on the quantitative side of things, but I wasn't able to get a lot of info from a google search. ...
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AMA - F500 Director of FP&AI've been asked to do an AMA a few times over the past few months and it's dead in the office so I figured I'd open myself up for questions. Brief background: - BS in Accounting from no name college with 3.0 - MS in Accounting from Indiana - 1 year in Big 4 (I knew I was going to hate it) - 1.5 yea...
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Business Development/Corporate Development ProgramsAs a bit of background on myself, I am currently an IBD SA at a BB in NYC and have prior internship experience with a top financial leadership/management program. I am very interested in both corporate development and business development and am trying to gauge whether I should return to IB FT or ...
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MBB to Corp DevHi guys. I'm new to this forum and just got the wheels turning on moving from MBB to a corporate development role. Can anybody provide some broad strokes thoughts? Like, is this common? How long does the process take? How does the process happen - through headhunters? Thanks!...
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Corp FinanceThe hours are reasonable and the entire department seems to work well as a team. The only downside is the lack of impact or urgency.. In risk management you’re constantly planning for what might happen, regardless of whether or not it does. For that reason, your upside is very capped while you hav...
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Company Review: TD Bank - TD CorporateGreat culture, great career progression, your bosses will actually go to bat for you if you are interested in other groups, decent hours. Dated systems, standard bureaucracy of a large bank, salary at other banks might be slightly higher ...
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Financial Management with Consulting and Full Service ManagementTCMG provides three levels of services: Financial Management, Financial Management with Consulting and Full Service Management. If you are looking for best advice then contact The Commercial Management Group, Inc....
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Corporate M&A - Key project management skills?Dear all, I am working as a Strategy and M&A manager within a corporate, and is responsible for running a number of various M&A projects primarily. This as you know often involves a large number of stakeholders, and often involves a large project team with several internal as well as external work ...
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Company Interview: Walgreens - Corporate finance intern WalgreensI am not sure but I think it is about tell me about the what is the different between accounting and finance, why you think we should choose you instead of other candidates, tell me about a challenge you overcome, tell me about a time when you show your work ethics. Overall, it is pretty easy I feel...
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Worth while and appealing Corporate rolesHey All, I have 1.5 years experience in FP&A and 6 months in Project Management. I am drawn to the AM world along with CFA designation. Can I get some insight on the various roles within the Corporate Sector along with complimentary professional Certifications? Thanks, Betseat...
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Company Review: Google - Google Business Intern EMEA- google - free meals - good exposure to managers - communication across business size not location/sector etc - develop very sound industry knowledge . - the lack of exits ie reached the pinnacle too quickly. Best to do something else then join the firm ...
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What kind of a bonus should I expectJust wondering if anybody can give some insight. I'm not in IB but I am a Capital Markets Analyst for a regional bank. It is my first year. Anybody know what kind of bonus I should expect? I can't imagine it would be like the bonuses I see discussed on here for like S&T, etc. But should I expect mor...
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Company Review: Citigroup - Senior AnalystLove working here, so many resources, and every project i am staffed on is newsworthy. Some of the top companies ask for our advice, and take us very seriously.. Being so large, things are very structured. A few things that are not necessary but we have to do them, and you may find yourself doing ...
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Plant Controller at a F500 - Ask me anythingMod Note (Andy): Interview/AMA Tuesday! To see our full list of interviews/AMA's, check out this page I’ve been a member of this site for a couple years now and have gotten some great information, so I’m hoping to give back based on my experience. I see many discussions around FLDP programs and...
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Company Review: Prudential - Intern at PrudentialReally good work-life balance, knowledgeable staff, supportive and encouraging and gave me interesting things to do.. None whatsoever, I had a great exposure to a new industry and was helped at every step of the way over the internship....
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Company Interview: PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - ConsultantAll questions were in fact plain-vanilla. You should be able to answer those questions even with very minimal preparation. I expected to get paper/walk-me-through kind of case study, but got only standard basic questions like what is LBO, why PE doing that, what the drivers, different kind of senior...
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Company Review: Shell Oil Company - Great company, spotty finance opportunitiesIndustry intrigue, high deal flow, exceptional work-life balance. In general, the businesses operations are interesting and meaningful on a global scale. . Finance roles are a mixed bag. Many roles are solely accounting-focused, and only particular treasury and commercial roles are "finance" heav...
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Does your undergrad make that much of a significant difference?I'm new here to this forum. Had this account lying around but I wasn't sure how to make a post like this on WSO, but here it is. I kept hearing from friends and mentors alike that getting jobs in finance, banking, etc... borderline requires coming from a prestigious university. So I was wondering...
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MBA Internship Recruiting - Corporate Development/Strategy AMAHave received a lot of info off of this site and this forum in particular, so thought I would give back. I know the MBA landscape and CD/BD/CS roles can be a black box at times (they were for me less than a year ago), so hopefully I can clear some things up. Please note I have just started my intern...
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Cambridge Associates vs Strategy/M&A at F500Hi guys, first time posting here. Would like to seek some advice between choosing an offer from Cambridge Associates (Investment Associate) and a Strategy/M&A (Analyst) role at a F500 ($10-20B market cap). This would be my first job right out of college. Might take an MBA in the future but still und...
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Company Review: Standard and Poors - S&P Global Market Intelligence Intern Very kind employees willing to help interns and consistently great work/life balance - pay is good for the number of hours worked.. Very strict 9-5 work culture (maybe a positive in the eyes of some) - if you like a more fast-paced and intense work environment I can see why S&P may not be ideal. ...
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Company Review: Citigroup - Incredible time as an intern! Very inclusive and caring team. Staffed to live transactions ranging from bond raise marketing materials to assisting with analysis for credit memorandums. Was also tasked with building a three-statement model for an in-depth business case study. . Long hours in my industry group particularly. It wa...
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Company Review: Hewlett Packard - financial analystlaid back culture, very lenient with work hours given you finish what you have to do, very friendly and caring community. not enough challenge, lots of lay offs, not enough employee morale, older company culture, not a lot of young talent ...
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Company Interview: Johnson & Johnson - Johnson & Johnson Finance Co-OpProbably some of the accounting questions. For ex: If the CFO of the company needs to increase their margins for the quarter but revenue is lower than the past what would you recommend to do? You just have to understand formulas and the different statements. I also was asked questions like: If ass...
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What does a Business Development Analyst do?Hi Guys, I just saw a posting on my college's career site for a business development analyst position (Undergrad level) at Microsoft. The job description talks a lot about working on product partnerships, but was pretty vague. I was wondering if anyone had any insights on this role, like what exact...
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'Shareholder Advisory' role I’ve recently been called for an interview for the position of ‘*Corporate Shareholder Advisory*’ at a medium-sized firm. It is a junior role in a brand new division within this firm’s Global Advisory division and there is little to no information about this specific division / role on their...
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Terrific place to kickstart career; long-term prospects may vary.Great benefits, vacation time, and flexibility within team. Lateral moves are pretty easy too, which makes finding other opportunities within the bank much easier than finding another role externally.. Lack of any real career path following this role. Current restructuring, along with endeavors to c...
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AMA: Corporate Development at a Mid-Cap Pharma CompanyWSO has been instrumental in helping me break into this role so I want to offer some of my insights to anyone else who's looking to break into the industry. Brief background: Graduated last December from a target school and now I'm finishing up my first year as an analyst in the corporate developm...
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Company Review: JPMorgan Chase - Moderately Satisfied- Low-stress work environment - Reasonable hours compared to Front-office IB jobs - Can work from home if I need to without much issue from superiors. - A lot of the work can be mundane or tedious - When it is slow (during the intra-month) it can be extremely boring and hard to find work - Pay is lo...
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A Meeting with Vice President- WorleyParsons/ AdvisianI met a recruiter at a career fair who got very interested in my profile to the point of recommending me to a Vice president at WorleyParsons. I have little experience in the energy sector and have Zero experience in management consulting. I am good at financial modelling, strategy and analytics. I ...
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Company Review: PNC Financial Services - PNC summer analystLearned a lot from internship, good credit training. Peer mentor was able to explain the ins and outs of daily operations.. - short working hours - work is not demanding - minimal contact with senior management - not a collaborative work place ...
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FX Optimal Hedge RatiosI asked this on the IB forum, but this seems to be a better place for the question, I was wondering how companies calculate how much of their foreign currency exposure to hedge against currency rate changes (with forward contracts) so that they get the best balance of low risk and low carry cost (pr...
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Exit Opps from F200 Serial Acquirer, $500MM+ acquisitions/divestmentsJust curious what exit opps here, take the following experience as example. * 3 Years BB IBD Coverage, tier 2 bank * 2.5 years MM M&A * Deal experience largely focused on public company M&A/carve-outs/take-over defense * Same sector I am considering a Corporate Development oppy at a conglo...
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IB Ops Analyst Program at BB or Commercial Banking Analyst Program at another BB>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...
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Company Review: Duff & Phelps - Valuations InternGood hours, given work to do and help if you don't know stuff. Nice office location with nice co-workers. Sometimes there isn't enough work to go around. Summers are quite slow for valuations, so you are at times just sitting around....
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Bank of America - Senior Financial AnalystWork/life balance (40 hours a week) 401K match (up to 5% of salary) and annual company contribution (2%) . Pay not commensurate with market value for SFA for internal transfers (i.e., those moving up from IFA to SFA roles); better to come externally ...
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Best Corporate Strategy Internships Still OpenI'm a junior at a top 10 school looking for interesting internships to set me up for consulting recruiting next year. I've had a few superdays with no luck so far. Could anyone point me to internships where I'll end up with a solid experience that are still hiring? I'm posting here because I wanted ...
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Company Review: State Farm Insurance - Unchallenging Work but Friendly StaffVery friendly, laid-back, Midwestern culture. People are willing to go the extra mile to help you, and free weekends.. Somewhat boring work that is not challenging at all. If you don't like insurance, I would not pursue this line of work. Unclear work expectations....
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Company Review: Verizon - VZ Analayst- Work/life balance - Knowledgeable team - Building a useful, practical skill set - internal mobility. - Location is bereft of good activity, but getting to NYC is doable - political environment - lots of legacy involved...
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FP&A to Corp Strat (w/M&A consulting background)Looking to get advice: I'm considering an FP&A job offer at a mid-level tech company after 3.5 years in consulting, primarily in M&A consulting (post-merger integration, operational due diligence, operational separation, etc), but ultimately want to go into a traditional Corporate Strategy. I know ...
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Looking for custom software development companyHey everybody! I have an awesome business idea and i'm ready to realize it immediately. So I need an advise based on your own experience - which software development company is the best to work with?...
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KPMG Infrastructure AdvisoryHi all, I've recently went for an interview with the KPMG Infrastructure Advisory office in Singapore. It seemed that they really liked me and so I'm fairly confident of securing the offer. I've been through the following internships: - Forecasting work in a hedge fund - Research work in the advisor...
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Career Change - Public Accounting Tax Manager to Corporate FP&A Hi, I'm currently a tax manager in public accounting, looking to make the move to corporate (likely large public company). I would like to broaden my horizons considerably and be in a business-wide, forward-thinking strategic role - this is where the FP&A function interests me greatly. I want t...
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Company Review: Accenture - CDTS Analyst - Above Avg Corp Fin ExperienceWork/life balance is pretty good. Great benefits. Flexible work from home arrangements. Fairly professional and intelligent co-workers. Lots of opportunity to work in excel and with large models. Overtime pay is decent and kind of makes up for the lack of a bonus. The Accenture name carries a lot of...
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2nd Yr Analyst BB MO Looking to Move to Corp FinHey Everybody - Been awhile since I've been on the site...and well that was certainly a mistake. I'm currently a 2nd year analyst at a large BB in a post-grad program in an MO function. I won't bore you with reasons why I want out of my current role but I will say that it has nothing to do with my...
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Company Review: General Electric - GE FMPDecent company,good brand name. Plenty of experienced people around. Nice homey feel, co-workers have been there for a long time.. A lot older culture, not very welcoming of new ideas. Not a huge fan of the city. Work wasn't mentally invigorating....
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Just had a 30 minute phone interview for an internship this summer that ran 10 minutes short. Did I mess up?Phone interview was supposed to be 30 minutes at the maximum. It lasted for 20 minutes. Is that bad? I guess I am overthinking it......
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Response from Corp Dev TeamHey guys, I recently had a 3 hour final round interview with a F250 corporate development team. The interview was yesterday (Thursday) and I haven't heard a sound from them. I feel like it went fairly well, but I've heard that if they were seriously interested I would've heard something by now. Ha...
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Exit Opportunities of internal strategy/finance vs lesser know consulting firmI'm finishing the first semester of my MBA this week, and I'm considering my potential internship opportunities. I was hoping to go into consulting, but I've already been turned down by MBB and Deloitte S&O for first round interviews - likely due to a weak GPA. Based off of my networking, I think I'...
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Company Review: CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - WowGreat culture it was really cool and I liked it a lot Thanks to the chief executive office and to the chief financial officer. It was really cool and I had a blast Chillin in the back office with my mates just having a cold one...
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FP&A superday, how to prepare?I have my first superday coming up in a couple days for a F200 entry level FP&A role. Since this is my first one I'm not really sure what to expect. They told me they're bringing 10-12 candidates out and to expect to be there for 4-5 hours. Now my internship was in FP&A so I'm fairly confident on ...
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Company Review: General Motors - Senior Financial Analyst, General MotorsDecent work life balance, great bonus and retirement program. Rotational programs available for development. . Old Culture, Slow Moving, very political. Progression to manager is a long road of programs and rotations....
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