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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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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Review - Risk ManagementThe 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...
TD Bank - Review - Corporate DevelopmentGreat 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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Walgreens - Interview - HealthcareI 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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Google - Review - Sales- 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 ...
Citigroup - Review - Retail BankingLove 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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Prudential - Review - InsuranceReally 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....
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - Mergers and AcquisitionsAll 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...
Shell Oil Company - Review - Oil and GasIndustry 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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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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Standard and Poors - Review - N/AVery 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. ...
Citigroup - Review - Corporate BankingVery 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...
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 ...
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....
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....
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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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....
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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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...
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...
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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