Freddie Mac as a Career

Hey all,
I am a current senior in college, and I was very lucky and fortunate enough to receive offers from Freddie Mac as a capital markets analyst. 

Do you guys think starting a career as an analyst at a government-sponsored enterprise is a good choice for a beginning career? Any 2-cents from you guys would greatly be appreciated (Job prospect, exit opps, pay etc.) 

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Oct 12, 2020 - 9:35am

Coming out of UG, your options for direct institutional real estate jobs is more limited than it will be later. More and more firms have requirements/desires for grad degrees even for entry level. Thus, a job like this is a great placement out of UG. If you want to shift in 3+ years, you should have options or could go to grad school to go really high octane if desired.

In short... the best job is the one you get offered! And this is a good one by all objective standards. 

 
Oct 12, 2020 - 10:05am

Hey, thank you so much for your input! TBH, I still don't know what I want to do after graduation, partly why I applied to many rotational programs and this is one of them. I also have a competing offer from one of the Big 4 as well. What would you say the biggest advantage is with this option of working for direct institutional real estate? 

 
Oct 12, 2020 - 10:58am

What type of role at a big 4? Unless you are fairly specific about role/group/team, etc. its hard to say much. Generally, advisory type roles at those firms are pretty rote especially out of UG. Not bad in anyway, but if you are thinking from a CRE/institutional career perspective, Freddie Mac beats a big 4 hands down (my personal opinion anyway). It is sort of the difference of being on the "inside" vs. being on the "outside looking in". 

The advantage of working in a direct principal shop (which Freddie Mac qualifies as essentially) is you are part of real deal flow, investment decision making, and active risk management. Of course, as a junior cap markets analyst, I wouldn't expect you to do much high level investment decision making or even recommendations, but you are surrounded by those who do. 

Agency experience is valued by the cap markets world in general and course the multifamily world. You will get nods of respect for working there.

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