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Hewlett Packard - Review - Generalistlaid 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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Johnson & Johnson - Interview - Consumer - RetailProbably 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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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Review - TreasuryGreat 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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JPMorgan Chase - Review - Back Office- 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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PNC Financial Services - Review - Middle MarketLearned 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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Duff & Phelps - Review - ValuationGood 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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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Review - Corporate FinanceWork/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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State Farm Insurance - Review - Strategy and OperationsVery 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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Verizon - Review - Corporate Finance- 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 Advisorythanks all :) deleted thanks all :) deleted thanks all :) deleted thanks all :) deleted thanks all :) deleted...
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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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Accenture - Review - Corporate FinanceWork/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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General Electric - Review - Corporate BankingDecent 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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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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CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Review - Retail BankingGreat 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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General Motors - Review - AutosDecent 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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Johnson & Johnson FLDPHey everyone. I just received an email to complete a video interview for the FLDP program consisting of 3 educational/background questions and 4 competency questions. Can anyone provide any specifics regarding their experience? I've never done a video response before. Thanks!...
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Goldman or JP Morgan? Which one should I take?I got an offer fro Internal Audit from GS and Risk analyst from JP Morgan. GS: pays less, requires me to move. JP: Pays 20% more than GS and is in my hometown. ...
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JP Morgan Securities - Review - Strategy and OperationsCompany has solid culture that encourages internal mobility. Firm also provides you with great exit opportunities.. As with any other bulge bracket, any decision making can be rather political and take longer than it should....
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Modeling of Different Derivates for Hedging?Dear WSO, As part of a project I am working on as an intern right now I was planning on comparing the effects of different derivatives to hedge the price risk of the main commodity a company would buy (think fuel for an airline or steel for an intermediate goods producer). I am currently designing ...
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Finished FLDP, now what?I finished a 2 year FLDP with one of the largest in Big Pharma that you've all heard of. I'm about 6 months in to my roll-off position and looking to jump ship Q1 2018. I'm eyeing top of Tier 2 consulting and have started case prep. However, I wanted to take a step back for a moment to consider ot...
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Which F500 Entry Level Job to Take?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 FLDP. the first 14 weeks are general finance training and then I will spend two years rotating through the different areas...
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What to expect from a Corporate Risk InterviewHey, I have a phone interview coming up for a corporate risk internship. What technical questions should I expect/prep for? Thanks...
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Accenture - Review - Corporate DevelopmentHourly pay isn't super high but you do get paid overtime for any time over 40 hours per week. Probably average about 50 hours per week. Modeling for this position isn't like normal corporate development, still work in Excel but models are heavily customized for Accenture projects....
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Standard Chartered Bank's "Corporate & Institutional Clients and Corporate Finance" InternshipIs the "Corporate & Institutional Clients and corporate finance" internship at Standard Chartered Bank their IBD internship? I know that generally, for SCB's other internships such as in Commercial Banking or Wealth Management, their interviews are composed of purely resume-related and behavioural q...
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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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Prudential Capital Group - Review - Corporate FinanceHands on experience principle investor, great focus on career development, strong PE and credit HF connections. Small teams in each office and very few analysts, lacks prestige of large banks and can be under-valued outside of its network in terms of exit opps...
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JP Morgan Securities - Interview - Corporate FinanceWould you rather work on a project or on a process? Name a time you worked on a team Explain a time someone wasnt pulling their weight Tell me about yourself Explain this part of your resume Would you rather work on a project or on a process? Name a time you worked on a team Explain a time someone ...
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how to use linkedin to land corporate banking analyst roleHey guys, I was just curious to see if anyone has any useful tips in using platforms like linked-in as a leverage for networking to gain at least access to interviews of (CB) Corporate banking roles or other roles of similar nature. I am currently a 24-year-old graduate with a MSc in banking and fi...
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PNC Financial Services - Interview - N/AThe interview questions were pretty standard behavioral questions where interviewer wanted to know about resume and your interest in PNC Financial Services (and specifically, why the Treasury department). There were some questions regarding current market conditions or trends and how that related to...
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Corporate Development WACC MethodI'm curious to see how other Corporate Development shops calculate WACC. I personally have worked in two different Corporate Development groups, one large-cap (>$25-50B, Industrials) and one mid-cap ($2-10B), Tech / Software), and the approach to WACC is completely different between the two shops. ...
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How to get into a Strategic Finance role?I want to go into a corporate role, something like Strategic Finance at a f500. I'm interested in strategic finance roles where I could use financial / analytical tools to provide support role for the company's strategic direction. By this I mean using accounting and finance to not keep score of pa...
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UBS AG - Interview - Investment BankingThe interview questions asked for a description of a current UBS deal, as well as a number of competency questions. I cannot remember the exact questions asked, as I have interviewed for other positions since that time, but there were many competency based questions. Consider their values and any ac...
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I have no idea how to startI finished high school in another country and moved here. I started working in a restaurant just to cover my bills and focused on classes thinking it would be enough. however, I never did an internship or got any experience in my field, and I am graduating next semester. I don't know where or how to...
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General Electric - Review - FinanceInteresting industry and diverse experience. good ability to interact with senior mgmt and add to finance skill set. Expectation of taking corporate financial courses on the side. firm is more political than merit based...
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Future of the business world- CS or finance?Monkeys You know, AI is so damn powerful that McKinsey said a lot of jobs will be replaced by AI or robots in 2030. Lawyers, accountants and financial analysts etc will be replaced Being a person working in finance world ,whats your opinion in it? BTw i am considering to take master degree. Is it be...
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Commercial Banking Exit OpportunitiesI am sure that this has been brought up several times on this thread, but I am in the process of helping my girlfriend transition out of Commercial Banking. She's a Credit Analyst within Corporate Banking at a mid-tier, yet large regional bank. Frankly, she's completely 'over' working in the space a...
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Deloitte - Interview - ConsultingCase interview was the most difficult - involved a lot of quantitative thinking and structuring of thoughts. As I interviewed for the corporate strategy group, case involved real-life internal Deloitte strategic initiatives, related to which venture would lead to the most revenue for the different l...
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Accenture - Review - ConsultingGreat vacation time offered, and they let you work from home 3-4 days per week. Working from home allows you several perks such as being able to travel and work where you want, get your laundry done during the day, etc.. Working from home can get lonely, especially at the junior level. Being part of...
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Review - Corporate FinanceBank of america gives you lots of perks in office. I really enjoyed my supervisor and they worked hard to give me relevant assignments. . Lots of long hours and irrelevant work in excel. I did a lot of risk analysis so it got decently boring. ...
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JP Morgan Securities - Interview - Corporate BankingResume review with 3 interviewers. Why JP? Why FADP? What is your weakness? What are you strengths. Most of the questions were behavioral and the interviewer was trying to determine the best fit from personality standpoint and assess your education background. What is your long term plan? How do you...
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JPMorgan Chase - Review - Corporate BankingThere are a lot of nice people. Even those who I met during my interviews were very kind and willing to help.. The work wasn't really what I was expecting. I wanted to do some more technical tasks. However, I am still able to take on roles if I ask....
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Public Financial Management - Interview - Public FinanceNo questions were really that terribly difficult. I would just recommend knowing how to best answer the "Why PFM?" question and knowing what it is they do. Other than that, I got a lot of behavioral questions like "tell me a time when..." or "how does this experience relate..." etc. Come well-dresse...
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Citi Commercial Banking RouteHey guys I just had an interview for Citi's commercial banking analyst program and wanted to know a bit more about the two groups in terms of description, comp, and exit opps. The two groups are client coverage and cash & trade - (this a a rotational group between cash management and trade sales, ...
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More enjoyable: FP&A vs. TreasuryAnyone have experience in one or both that can chime in? Currently in FP&A now and it feels like a churn and a grind relatively often. Thinking treasury might be a more enjoyable next step with a still fairly decent career path. Thoughts?...
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What exactly do Corporate Brokers do?So I'm considering applying to this MM firm and they have a position in a department called 'corporate finance, capital markets and corporate broking'. I'm familiar with the first two but what exactly does corporate broking entail? Hasn't broking slowly been in decline since the 1980s/90s? What are ...
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Bank of America FMAP workI just received an offer from BoA for their FMAP program and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the actual nature of the work I would be doing there as well as if it's possible to move outside of their corporate finance roles and into GWIM or trading after you graduate from the progr...
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JP Morgan Securities - Interview - N/AThere were no unexpected questions per se, but they asked me how to make pivot tables and how to program some basic VBA programs because I mentioned advanced Excel skills on my resume (not a lie). I also was asked by both interviewers on my worst and best team experience. Both interviewers read thei...
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JPMorgan Chase - Review - Commercial Banking- Seniors within the firm were very accesible, even across other programs - Structured mentorship program. - Not able to rank what division youd like to work in - Did not know what office would be placed in until 1 month before (headache for apartment hunting)...
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Shell Oil Company - Review - Mergers and Acquisitionsindustry intrigue, project scale, M&A activity, personal time for studying/projects, vacation time, diverse teams with myriad academic backgrounds and credentials. potential to become stuck in the industry, most roles are accounting focused, corporate politics, lack of brand cache outside of O&G...
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NASDAQ OMX Group - Interview - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)Expected to know about the company's products and asked basic java questions. The questions the interviewer asked were actually quite easy had I studied basic Java principles. If you know your Java, the interview questiosn will be a breeze. Expect questions about OOP principles and if you do say you...
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Becoming stuck or 'type casted' in a certain industryHello all. So I’m a CPA looking to expand my career into FP&A. (I currently have a role that does financial reporting and financial analyst work.) I may have an opportunity to land an FP&A role for a large financial services company (wealth management). Specifically, in their shared services gro...
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Morgan Stanley - Review - RiskIt was a great summer. Working with very smart people. Tough working environment, but they all support growth.. As an intern, you do a lot of busy work. But you are able to listen in on a lot of big calls, and that was cool....
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Do many summer interns live in student housing?I've heard of companies lodging their summer interns in downtown student housing. It would be great to live with interns from other companies. Anyone ever do that or heard of this? ...
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