Google - Finance Division

Friend of mine just got an offer from Google (NYC office) in its FP&A division. He's been doing this type of work for about 2 years now in Financial services companies (Middle Office). I know that this position in any BB or even MM firm would be considered back-office and it's very hard to get into FO, but hey, this is Google.

What do you all think about it? Exit ops to top B-School? Would he be able to jump into IB or Trading after B-School with this experience?

FWIW, I have Wharton's 2009 resume book and one of their students came from Google's Finance division (although she was in IB prior to that, which my friend didn't do).

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May 24, 2010 - 6:00pm

Interested as well...

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May 24, 2010 - 6:28pm

It's not a back/middle office position. The FO/BO thing only applies to financial services. Corporate finance is a different animal – you are not "facing clients" but you are determining how to allocate a truly massive amount of capital and shaping one of the most prestigious organizations in the world. B-Schools will love his experience, as they love people who do corp fi at Microsoft & GE.

A lot of people on this forum need to explore other career sites. The idea that BB IB is superior to all other career paths exists only in the minds of the people who post here. GOOG is a fantastic start unless you want to work in PE.

FYI – many people who don't work in IB or PE land in top B-Schools.

May 24, 2010 - 8:23pm

He can absolutely do banking after an MBA - many guys who do Banking after an MBA did not have banking exp. The skills don't have to be transferable - people get MBAs in order to careers.

You won't see as many ex GOOG people in MBA programs because they DON"T WANT TO GET AN MBA. Most IB/PE/Consulting people HAVE to get an MBA - they do two year stints and are expected to get an MBA. The MBA is not neccesary for career advancement in corp fi or general management (assuming you broke in after UG). After 4 years at GOOG, people are making over $100K and are trying to advance in the ranks

May 24, 2010 - 8:26pm

isn't goog finance tough to get into, like they hire ex-bankers not the other way around?

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May 24, 2010 - 9:19pm

Google Finance is no joke. Google brings in 3,000 resumes a day. And with Google is beyond the paycheck. If your making 80k there you basically receive double that yearly in perks. Make no mistake, they will work you hard at Google but the environment is more catered the the employee than the other way around. I would totally pounce on this offer if I had it.

May 24, 2010 - 9:20pm

Google Finance (Originally Posted: 01/21/2010)

I know this forum is mostly for Wall Street jobs, but does anyone have any insight into getting in with Google Finance? Specifically as an undergrad? Do they take only former bankers?

May 24, 2010 - 9:21pm

ay man they don't like high and mighty banker types, you have to be down to earth to work for goog finance. they do recruit undergrad and I have a feeling they don't like ultra motivated business-y types. the culture of the firm doesn't allow it.

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May 24, 2010 - 9:24pm

google finance is tough to get into, they have extremely high standards, plus they work pretty hard (on a relative scale to other Google folks)

i interviewed with them back in undergrad and I got my ass rocked by some cocky, self-righteous woman who worked at goldman / KKR / HBS.

May 24, 2010 - 9:25pm

Only on WSO is working at Google considered unprestigious.....

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May 24, 2010 - 9:31pm

Google Start's a pretty new program - it's basically a rotational training program for non-technical students. Associate Manager is the most prestigious among the 3 roles - it places into biz dev and corp strategy, whereas the others might put you into something less glamorous like ops or sales.

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