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I saw a couple of my story posts, and thought it would be good to share mine since I come from a very nontraditional background. I saw another post in outline form and liked it, so mine will mimic that. <h3>The beginning:</h3> * I was placed in foster care at three months...
Took a different path to Corporate Strategy and have since exited (see below). AMA. * Grew up in suburb of tier 2 US city * Underachieved in HS – B student (generous), ~1200 SAT, lazy * Pretty good at basketball, helped me get into top 20 college – WHEW * OMG COLLEGE...
I'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: - <abbr title="balance sheet">BS</abbr> in Accounting from no name college with 3.0 - MS in...
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...
Monkeys, I jumped companies ~6 months ago to work in corp dev. It was a promotion, different city, etc. Overall a good opportunity to get out of my comfort zone have an analyst working under me. Said analyst was at the company before I joined. It was a weird situation - they didn't...
I started my career in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> (BB company) out of undergrad from a regional target school. I had held internships at other <abbr title="bulge brackets">BBs</abbr> prior to my full time role. I started my analyst...
Hello Monkeys, Long time lurker here. Thanks to this site I have been able to work my way into a F500 FP&A Financial Analyst from a complete non-target that could be considered a notch above community college. I am starting at 70K which is solid (low COL city) but I was curious as to what...
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I graduated from one of the top 10 undergraduate business schools in the US with a 3.85/4.0 GPA, an honors degree with a double major and a minor, and an offer to work at one of the top 10 Fortune Global 500 companies. I thought I was a badass and was ready to conquer the world and take over...
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?
As I've been researching the <abbr title="investment banking ">IB</abbr> industry, I've noticed that corporate development is mentioned less frequently compared to <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> and <span...
Have received a lot of info off of this site and this forum in particular, so thought I would give back. I know the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> landscape and CD/BD/<abbr title="Credit Suisse ">CS</abbr> roles can be a...
Some of you might know that i recently switched into corporate development after doing ~3 years of banking and getting promoted to associate. I'm a couple months in, but can answer any questions you may have Update 2/21/17: We recently completed a $200 million acquisition and are now...
Recently guys I have started a career in the construction industry as a project manager and cost estimator for a local company (boutique) and have seen the underlying similarities to the bankers of the financial world. It's also a career most finance and business guys haven't heard...
Given all the discussion and mixed <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">information on corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I thought I would start a discussion...
What are some roles with a combination of: Lifestyle (9-5) Decent pay ($125K in high COL region) Relatively low stress (limited fire drills, limited risk or potential for major mistakes) Demand (not super niche, potential to work in a relatively wide range of industries and...
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Regardless of industry every office has its own quirks and annoyances. Whether you be in banking, real estate, marketing, if you're in corporate America and on a floor that consists of 50+ people then it is certain that there will be some fucking whack jobs sharing the space along side of...
I gotta lay a question on you guys cause I've been thinking about this for a while. So most people who go into <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or <abbr title="McKinsey, Bain and...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 10/28/2015.</em> Reading through @Harvardgrad08"'s posts I think this type of contribution is extremely helpful in de-mystifying certain...
I've been a Corporate Strategy manager at a large F100 studio (not Disney) for about a year now (and it's had its ups and downs). Just figured there isn't too much information on here about corporate strategy paths from non-<span class='keyword_link'><a...
I'm finishing up year 2 of my 3 year <abbr title="Finance Leadership Development Program">FLDP</abbr>. I'm at a top Aerospace and Defense company, and a "perk" to this program is that I'll automatically be promoted to Sr. Financial Analyst when...
My friend's father is CEO of mid-sized public company. Since it's a public company, I decided to do some totally legal snooping and checked out online how much a CEO like that makes... and was shocked to learn that my friend's dad made $5.2 million last year! I was shocked...
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I know most people exit to <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>/<abbr title="hedge fund">HF</abbr> (coming from my firm) and maybe 1-2 in each analyst class exit to corporate development. I myself also plan on exiting to <abbr title="private...
Good morning all, I've spent a lot of time on this site, and asked quite a few questions myself, so I figured I'd do my part to give back by answering any questions you might have about <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Hello everyone, A few months ago I came to this board with a really tough dilemma and you guys helped me see it through. I now want to pay it forward as I know that people are getting increasingly interested in corporate development/ <span class='keyword_link'><a...
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<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> 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...
Thought I would give back to the community a little and post an AMA! About me: Financial Analyst at a big name F100 tech company. Graduated in 2015 with a finance degree from a well regarded school. I have worked in my current role for ~2 years, so figured I could field some...
I just came out of a networking experienced hire event at my company and thought it would be good to share some thoughts on internal networking (specifically for Corporate Finance, but industry in general). I haven't seen anything on this site about this and I guess it makes sense, being...
We've heard so much in this forum about the lifestyle and hours in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>/<abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>/<span class='keyword_link'><a...
<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, Are there any firms that have particularly stellar reputations for their corporate finance or strategy divisions? I know of Disney, but not sure of any others. Any that have great placements for Bschool, or are just known...
I'm curious to see how other Corporate Development shops calculate <abbr title="weighted average cost of capital">WACC</abbr>. I personally have worked in two different Corporate Development groups, one large-cap (>$25-50B, Industrials) and one mid-cap ($2-10B),...
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 <abbr title="McKinsey, Bain and BCG">MBB</abbr> harder than making it to VP?
Hi all, I'm about done wrapping up my busy season and as such, I'm open to answering any questions people may have about working in Big 4 audit as a first year. I know some senior associates have done an AMA, but I haven't seen one for first years, so if anyone wants to learn...
If I wanted to move into corp dev / strategy after finishing my <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> associate stint (with or without an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> after) what level would that equate to within an...
The $100 billion food empire has decided to entrust the financial direction of the firm in the hands of a 29-year-old. David Knopf has worked at Kraft since 2015 and is a partner at 3G Capital. Prior to Kraft and 3G he worked at Goldman Sachs and Onex. He will become one of the youngest CFOs in...
<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> Community, I'm finishing up my first year at a private ~Fortune 500 company in their corporate development group (M&A, <abbr title="venture capital ">VC</abbr> investments, some JVs, board...
Monkeys, I figured I would pay my respects to this forum by thanking everyone for their insight, and knowledge; as well as their willingness to share both. Just for some context, I played lacrosse at an unheard of non-target that was essentially a community college. I graduated with a 3.9, and...
hi all, I was previously the deputy CFO of a US-listed Internet company. My role included IR, <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>, but not FP&A. I joined right after the <abbr title="initial public offering">IPO</abbr>, and...
So I have thought about doing something over this field for quite awhile but didn't know how much to go into and whatever. Depending on the response I will depends on whether I will expand further. I really wanted to talk about the position of Commercial Underwriter. Specifically...
Just 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 <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions ">M&A</abbr> experience from target UG). A senior ex-banker and I will make up the...
What would you consider the most prestigious companies to work for in a corporate finance role? Just interested in hearing people's thoughts. FAANG?
Hello, I am currently working on implementing an <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr> department within the group I work for. As our industry is really fragmented we need to grow in the coming years as the market will consolidate. We did several deals...
Hi everyone, I'm a graduate student in a STEM field and I'm currently debating going to law school next year (I've been accepted to some high-ranked schools), or trying to break into management consulting. If I went the consulting route, my long term goal would be to end up in...
Hello everyone, I was curious to know how you feel about getting into a relationship or being with someone while trying to establish a career. What if that person does not have the same aspirations, but is a great individual? More importantly, if you really care about that person and she...
Curious how comp structure looks in Corp Dev / Strat / Fin as you progress through the ranks. I know it can vary a lot by industry/company at the senior levels (VP, SVP, EVP), but I wonder if it is more or less the same at lower levels. Would be great to get some insight from more experienced...
I am currently trying to decide between two different fortune 500 offers currently, and I am struggling to come to a decision. Here are the two offers: JCPenney: this one is an <span class='keyword_link'><a...