Tesla to Wall Street?

Since this is my first post I suppose a proper introduction is in order. I am currently a Co-Op at an F500 Corp that is well regarded. I have received an offer for the summer from Tesla in the Palo Alto HQ as an FP&A intern in their finance department. Additionally, I was told that working in FP&A puts you pretty close to mgt at Tesla, i.e. sitting in on weekly meetings with execs and mgt.

How could I leverage my time at Tesla to increase my odds of getting an interview for a front-office position? What do people on the street think of those that worked at Tesla? My stats are meh, but I have alright test scores and I feel like my experience is decent so I'm just curious how those balance out in terms of getting interviews.

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Oct 29, 2019 - 7:40pm

It's my first post, looking back at it I now I definitely came across as an asshole, entitled undergrad. I hate that, but I'd rather learn how to correct my syntax on WSO than in real-life interviews. I appreciate you calling me out, and I'm being sincere. It's my first post so I know I have a lot to pick up on. Thank you for your feedback, it was harsh and a reality check but it was helpful. Again, thank you.

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:02pm

What do people on the street think of those that worked at Tesla? My stats are meh, but I have alright test scores (33 ACT, I'm an asshole I know), my experience is decent so I'm just curious how those balance out in terms of getting interviews.

First of all I don't think anyone knows what 33 ACT means. From the 'asshole' remark I'll guess that it's a good score? In any event banks don't care much for your test scores. I'd probably be more curious why someone didn't take the SAT.

I think FP&A in a chaotic environment like Tesla would be a good learning experience. Not sure if that sounds sarcastic, but it's not meant to be. Learning budgeting at a place that's constantly under the microscope would be pretty interesting. And while TSLA occasionally has some solvency questions, I'd imagine that the finance dept. is viewed as pretty essential and would keep headcount as long as TSLA can stay afloat. Which should be a couple more years at least with that equity cushion.

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Oct 29, 2019 - 7:26pm

I completely agree with your assessment of TSLA being chaotic, especially in regards to any of their financials. A 33 is good but not great, my high school GPA was poor, like a 3.3. I've filled out applications/ friends who have filled out applications at BB/ Boutiques that have asked for test scores. So I think it is somewhat relevant to an extent. Not to the extent of GPA/ Extracurriclaurs but slightly relevant. I didn't take the SAT because I did not like the format/ time constraints. A conversion per the Princeton Review would be 1490-1510. I used the word asshole because generally when people provide stats I scoff so I tried to offset that a little bit, but obviously I failed at doing so. Thank you for your feedback, I'm honestly being sincere.

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:06am

Test score is either 0% of the process or maybe some tiny %. Those applications are just for HR purposes, bankers only see what's on your resume. I forgot if analysts typically list test scores on the resume but I think they don't right? Anyways even then, people won't care about it. College GPA is what counts.

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:15pm

It was supposed to be 30 minutes but ended up being just shy of an hour and 30 minutes. I asked rather thoughtful questions and carried a conversation that included a long-winded discussion on an idea I proposed during the interview. I screen shared models and talked at length about where I thought TSLA could improve their profitability especially in regards to the Tesla Semi. I really hate that I came across as an asshole. I feel shitty about it, I've lurked WSO since I've been 17 and having my first post shit on definitely gave me a reality check, which is honestly appreciated.

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:25pm

So you have an internship offer from TSLA, you're friends with heirs to billionaire fortunes, and peers headed to BBs...

Is this just a long drawn-out flex? You want ppl to tell you how you could leverage an internship--you haven't even accepted--yet you didn't even mention a role you'd ultimately want, just "front-office" at a big name shop.

Not really sure how to help here, but I can assure you, you definitely don't seem like an A-hole.

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:09pm

I come from a normal middle-upper middle-class family that suffered during the 08-09 downturn. I have worked my ass off and made sacrifices to get where I'm at. I have loans, probably totaling $100,000-$150,000 after graduation. I really didn't mean to come across as an asshole. I was being sarcastic and a bit satirical but I guess I'm not great at that.

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