Are these typically made available upon signing (as the name would suggest) or after your start date? I recently signed on for a bb ibd analyst gig but the offer letter says the signing bonus is paid within 30 days of the start date which is a bummer since that wont be until July/August 2011. Honestly, I would really like those funds for senior year discretionary spending (AC BABY), apartment hunt come spring, wardrobe makeover (nicer suits needed), and savings (gotta put that cash to work for me man). In short, 10k means a ton more to me now as a poor college student then it will come next year when I have a stable income.
Wanted to hear if this is the case at other BB's and whether they usually have any flexibility on this....I dont see why they would care/do it this way - isnt the purpose to help financially smooth over the transition itself?