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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...
#### Pre-MBA Work History: * I attended a private, Catholic university in the Midwest where the curriculum was focused on asset management and included a student-managed portfolio as part of the university's endowment. * Alumni through that program helped me land in the analyst...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
<em>mod note: this very informative q&a was originally posted on 2/12/12</em> <a name="top"></a> UPDATE 2/22/12: Over 20 questions and 50 responses added so far, keep 'em coming! I also took the bold away from the questions by popular...
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?
Overly caffeinated and procrastinating on some technical writing that needs finishing. My path: * Top 25 Undergrad with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management with a 3.2 GPA but strong work experience * Four years of grinding through a blue chip...
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 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...
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...
<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...
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...
I want to start a thread talking about the nuances of corporate finance within each industry (Oil & Gas, Healthcare/Pharma, Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, etc). The impression I've gotten is that you can bounce around between industries in the first...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
<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...
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...
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...
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...
Was going to make a throwaway, but who give a rip. Before you berate me with insults, hear me out. I have in-laws who live near Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are not doing well health wise and I am now exploring the option to move to somewhere within 2 hours of Green Bay, WI in order to be a...
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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...
I recently made the move from public accounting as a senior business valuation / audit associate to an FP&A Manager role at a public FinTech Company. <h4>Bit of background:</h4> <ul> <li>BA in Acct from non-target school</li> <li>MA in Acct same...
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, Thought i'd share my story, now that i have got the certified user star: <h3>My background</h3> Quite simply, I was born in east africa - and my family came to the UK when I was quite young to give a better life to me and my younger siblings. long-story short, I...
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...
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...
Recently rediscovered my <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> account and thought I'd offer my experiences to the community. Not sure how much interest there is in this career path, but here it goes. #### Background * 3.7 GPA target school * Lower...
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...
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...
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),...
<h3>Corporate Development - What do they do?</h3> <p> Corporate development (CD) involves <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions ">M&A</abbr>, divestitures, investments, and incubation of businesses. Here’s @harvardgrad08" with some insight...
<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...
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...
Hey guys, I'm opening another thread to discuss GE's FMP program. I have read everything on the forum I could using the search and still have questions. So here they are. What kind of pay can an FMP expect? (Before and after program) Possible career path in GE (Incl. salary...
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...
Hey all, Looking to get some discussion about the above question. I'm about to be a second year analyst for an <abbr title="Finance Leadership Development Program">FLDP</abbr> and starting to think about <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration...
Anyone ever been on the buy-side of an acquisition, in which you over-valued the target's value? Today I had to meet with accounting/finance/B.I. of company I work at to discuss reasons why I messed up on an acquisition. The acquisition closed a few months ago, and we are just now realizing...
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...
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...
I've seen articles online which elaborate on the perpetual value of a CPA and the bright future ahead for students studying accounting. At the same time, I have seen articles written about the changes in the industry and the uncertainty present in the industry(whether that be a result of...
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...
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...
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...
Haven't been able to find much information on the more technical finance work that it seems like McKinsey in particular does, especially through their <abbr title="New York">NY</abbr> office. Looking at their website and LinkedIn, they do a lot of corporate finance...
<h3>Ask me anything</h3> <h4>Previous:</h4> Non-target, state school MACC <abbr title="Certified Public Accountant">CPA</abbr> 1 year of audit at national firm 1.5 years of valuation, financial modeling, and QofE (TAS) ...
I'm a Big 4 audit intern, just finishing up for the summer. Going into this, I was really pumped about my career prospects post-Big 4 (I know its kinda soon to be thinking of an exit strategy, but I'm playing the odds here). At my school, Big 4 audit is just about the best thing you...
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...
Currently 1.5 years into my first job out of school at a midsize tech company that is still growing incredibly fast ($2B+ revenue and ~50% yoy growth). I work in Corp strategy and am very pleased with the work I am doing, work life balance, and benefits, but know I’m underpaid ($55k base + 15%...
Got an offer as a senior associate (I think it's the same as a senior manager?) in corporate development. All-in it looks like it would range from $200-$275k (salary is $165k). Is this where the market is for a senior associate / senior manager in corporate development? Anyone in...
I have about 5 years experience, I left big 4 audit as a senior and I'm now the FP&A manager at a small (~30-50M rev), fast growing company. I would love to move into corporate development, but I lack the <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>...
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...
What would you consider the most prestigious companies to work for in a corporate finance role? Just interested in hearing people's thoughts. FAANG?
Interested in which of these two disciplines is more lucrative? Also wondering if there are any sales/client facing/client acquisition roles within Corporate Finance? Upcoming Audit Intern for Big 4 firm and have an interest in corporate finance for a fortune 500 company. From what I hear,...
What are the highest paying industries for corporate finance? Ie as in tech, defense, CPG, and media
It's my opinion that two of the biggest milestones in a corporate career are 1) getting your first corporate job, and 2) jumping from "individual contributor" to management. Why? These milestones both seem to require "prior experience": you can't get a job without...
Hi everyone, I'm relatively very new here and need some help. I'm currently a student in <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> and go a public business school (Baruch) and have just finished up my 2nd year (going to declare for Accounting). I am working...
Hey all, I had a short interview with a Finance department. The interviewer was not happy with my answer. He asked me: Question: "Say your marketing director comes to you and asks for $100,000 to fund his marketing project in Walmart, would you give it to him"? Me: Well,...
I'm finishing up my first year as an audit senior and going through the ‘should I stay (until manager) or should I go’ dilemma. I know I don't want to do internal audit or financial reporting and I think my target future job would be VP, Finance or Finance Director, or would love...
Buy Side or Suicide
Hi everyone, Currently a first year analyst in corp dev (M&A) at a mid-sized pharmaceuticals company. I landed this position right out of undergrad after doing a summer in <abbr title="middle market ">MM</abbr> <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Last week, I posted this article <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/should-i-reconsider-an-og-career-due-to-low-oil-prices">"Should I reconsider an O&G career due to low oil prices?"</a> regarding whether or not you should <span...
Recently started a corporate finance FP&A job. I'm not far in yet but even my senior analyst (1 year experience) spends most of his time updating already built models, refreshing excel reports, and building powerpoint decks for executive meetings. This is not really what I thought I...
Are corp development interview more fit related, or are they technical? How would I figure out which aspect to prepare more for? And if fit related, what are some good questions? Background - <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> with strategy...
My two cents about GE's Financial Management Program, the two-year, four-rotation program of General Electric. <h3>General Electric FMP Overview</h3> The very first thing you must bear in mind about the <strong>GE FMP is that it’s about accounting. Forget investment...
Burner account. Thinking about exiting my lower bulge IB Associate coverage role to a corporate job (finance, development, strategy, or any mix thereof). I’ve spent 2+ years here, top bucket, did my MBA at top 15 program. Open to most industries, but want to stay in NYC. Have a few questions...
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...
Greetings, I am currently a Junior, rising Senior at a VERY low Non-Target School majoring in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance. I am also going to Intern at a small Accounting Firm in Government Services for the summer, however, I wanted to go into FP&A Full-Time...
Out of curiosity, wanted to see if anyone else has noticed any *general* trends in the work/life balance of corporate finance. I'm in CFin at the moment and am interviewing around, and have had one or two companies (F250) tell me many finance employees average 55-65 hours a week, which is...
Good afternoon and happy Friday. This is a first time post as I have been a long time stalker on this site since my freshman year of college. I am very grateful and credit everyone on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> for being a major factor in developing a...
I am an accounting major and I expect to become a <abbr title="Certified Public Accountant">CPA</abbr>. I do not necessarily want to be a multi million dollar hedge fund manager or anything like that, but from what I expect to do is 200k-400k yearly salary as a <abbr...
Can you please tell me how to answer the following question - When looking at a 10 k to analyze a company what should you look at first? Is the appropriate answer cash flow statement? This is an interview question, how would i go about answering this. Please help. this is urgent.
Hey guys, I have a phone interview next week for the fp&a role. I’m in the financial service industry before and wanted to switch to a more financial analyst role. I know the basic stuff of accounting and finance, but I don’t have the actual experience in fp&a position (even though...
Little bit of background, I am currently in my undergrad with decent grades (3.7), with good extracurricular and a position this summer in a commercial/corporate banking position. I'm trying to plan more long term and Corporate Development or Corporate Strategy looks very interesting, with...
Background: First year credit analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/wells-fargo-and-company">Wells Fargo Capital Finance</a></span> FAP Program. It's Asset Based Lending.... I know it isn't <span...
AMA - I work in corporate development at a professional services company (Fortune 500) in <abbr title="New York City ">NYC</abbr>. My career path to corp dev is non-traditional and didn't involve <abbr title="investment banking ">IB</abbr> but may...
Long story short, I have been acting as an external director / advisor for a small company. It's a very good company, run by a small group of outstanding people. They work hard, they treat employees and clients right, they have integrity and they are good at what they do. The current...
I have experience I want to share; I have worked for a boss who hardly spoke English and didn't understand what I was saying (although he reckoned that he was "naive fluent"). He used to scream at me a lot; you would think in the 21st century, these things won't happen in...
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I have pretty much all the credentials one would want as an undergraduate. Economics Major, Target School (ivy), and a great GPA. Unfortunately, with a whirlwind of college experiences including Division I sports, I only was able to muster up a few final-round interviews with <abbr...
Hi <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, In case anyone is interested in learning more about the Corporate Treasury function of large banks (i.e. nature of work, recruitment process, exit opps, comp etc.), I'm here to take some questions.
I saw some accounts receivables position at HSBC, careers in corporate finance, and then ran across another at a non-bank company. From what I have read so far skills developed = financial analysis, business analysis, decision making. Though I am not quite sure to what extent since each place...
For all of you monkeys working in whats deemed strategic finance (outside of Corporate Development as we've had plenty of discussion on that already), would really love to know more about your background and some of the projects that you work on. The bulk of my career has been spent on...
Hey all, I’m currently a high school senior considering ASU as it would be the cheapest option for me. Would the finance program at ASU be good enough for getting me into Risk Managment, Corporate Finance, Asset managment, etc? My ultimate goal would be investment banking but that is simply...
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At what point in your career in Corp Dev/Fin/Strat could one generally expect to earn 500k? Is this Director level of comp or higher? Could a Senior Director in a profitable industry like tech expect to earn around this level? And where can you expect to earn 1 MM? Could a VP in <abbr...