Booz Allen Hamilton VS Walmart Corporate Finance

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Hi friends, I'm trying to decide between interning at Booz Allen Hamilton (Summer Games) or Walmart Corporate (Accounting finance development program) this summer. My background is in economics, so I'm pretty flexible. My past internships are in government/policy. I'm interested in Walmart vs. Amazon stuff going forward, which is why I applied to Walmart (did not apply to corporate finance otherwise).

BAH Pros: grad school sponsorship, data analytics/computer engineering training, mentorship, big name in public sector consulting
BAH Cons: a lot of new hires in general and I want to be able to create my own identity, which shouldn't be a problem but could be; I could end up 'on the bench' and wait to be assigned to a project for up to a few months

Walmart Pros: full time rotation opportunities in Silicon Valley/international, Fortune 1, out of my comfort zone, a lot of change is happening
Walmart Cons: total culture shift (personally), less flexibility due to structured rotation program (if I get a full-time offer)

Work-life balance and compensation about the same at both. Honestly, I'm pretty flexible about moving to Arkansas.

Does corporate finance have slow upward mobility? Even through a finance/accounting rotation? Which one has more prestige?

Comments (6)

Oct 13, 2017

good place to be in- i'd say if you're interested in B school/working at Walmart/Amazon, walmart would be your best bet.

The only downside is the location (which is a definite downside- make sure you're fine with living there for 2-3 years for the rotation), but if im not mistaken it spits you out as a manager after those 3 years (could be wrong- someone check me on this)

Booz is still a good name, esp if you're interested in data science for the summer role, but it is more of a consulting brand than a corporate finance one

Oct 13, 2017

Thanks for the repsonse! What is the role of the manager in the hierarchy? I don't want to get stuck in consumer retail in the long run. What do you think about exiting to a top business school from Booz? Everyone wants me to take Booz, cause they know I'm indecisive and could do well from gaining exposure to a lot of things through consulting (albeit gov consulting). I have zero finance background, so honestly I'd learn a lot at Walmart too. Is it bad to get into corporate finance at the entry level?

Oct 14, 2017

Congrats on the offers you have on the table. Like mike ross said - from a B school perspective I think that Walmart is far superior. If I were you, I would take the offer from Walmart. You shouldn't underestimate the value of getting a fortune 1 brand on your resume. You'll have the summer to assess whether you want to be in corporate finance or at walmart for that matter. If you want to be in corporate finance you'll have no problem going to another blue chip program from that internship. And if you decide corporate finance is not for you, I think you would have no problem recruiting for consulting as well.

Oct 14, 2017

Didn't Snowden work for Booz?

Oct 16, 2017

I'd go with Walmart. Fortune 1 brand on your resume(plus huge push in e-commerce so theoretically a lot of opportunity right now) and better exit ops.

Oct 17, 2017
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