Google, FB, Microsoft Corp Dev

Is it possible to break into those groups without a tech banking background? I'm interning at a non-tech IB group but am wondering if moving into a top tech corp dev program is possible. I know getting a return offer is paramount as well.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Feb 14, 2013 - 12:38am

I've answered this before in the below anything else you want to know about corpdev / corpstrat at a large tech company like Google, FB, MSFT, etc.…

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Feb 14, 2013 - 12:39am

Microsoft Corp Dev (Originally Posted: 01/07/2013)

Current IB analyst looking to make a career switch. Does anyone know how MSFT recruits for experienced hires into Corp Dev / Strategy and what the interview process is like? I've looked at a number of linkedin profiles and most people in that group seem like they have top MBAs or were ex-bankers. Any other thoughts / insights greatly appreciated as well. Thanks guys

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Feb 14, 2013 - 12:44am

MSFT Corp Dev Roles (post-mba) (Originally Posted: 06/06/2012)

Hey guys,

Anyone knows if they recruit career switchers for that type of role from an M7 bschool. In their page it seems that the program is targeted for fresh minted MBA grads but they don't say much about having previous IB experience.

Also, anyone else knows how the career progression is for this sort of programs? Compensation? Hours?…

Do you guys know of other companies with similar programs targeted for MBAs?

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Feb 14, 2013 - 12:49am

MSFT, IBM, Y!, H-P Pre-MBA Corp Dev. (Originally Posted: 10/12/2009)

Anyone know how difficult/competitive it is to get into the two-year pre-MBA corporate development/strategy program at some of the major tech firms? I'm guessing it's pretty competitive, but would one from a MM technology firm focused on software stand a chance?

Feb 14, 2013 - 12:51am

As a person that works in one of these groups I can tell you that they are relatively competitive. You'll find that most of the folks that get these jobs come from top tier shops, that said, there are always a few guys on the team that come from MM firms (I've seen people from Thomas Weisel, Macquarie, Piper Jaffray, etc.) break in so it's not unrealistic. You just have to show that you are extremely passionate about the company and the industry.

As an FYI most of these programs aren't designed to be 2 year programs. You can stay as long as you want (assuming you are performing well). In reality though most people stay 2-3 years and then head to M&A, VC, startups, etc.

The following thread may answer a few of your questions as well (//…)

Aug 4, 2020 - 12:16am

hey there! would it be alright if I PM you? I've become increasingly interested in working at Xbox Game Studios, within the intersection of Corp dev and S&O, and I'm looking for some advice on how to break in from my MM Boutique.

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