How bad did you manage to mess up on your first few interviews? Anything silly you uttered without intending, or did you choke completely? Share your experience fellow bankers and aspiring bankers.
11 Oct 2020
I am at a mid-tier BB looking to lateral to another BB with a very strong TMT group. Currently in a great retail group but am staying on A2A and looking to change sectors. From research i've done it seems like this is the consensus in terms of deal flow (M&A) and street reputation. 1.) GS 2.) JPM/MS -Know that the Media Com group is extremely strong at JPM, don't know a ton about MS 4.) Citi/BAML 5.) CS 6.) DB/Barclays/UBS Appreciate any insight anyone has into top performing TMT groups (BB).
11 Sep 2020
Open to questions of any nature related to Investment Banking / Advisory fields as well as general finance industry. Background: - BS in Mathematics (Russia) - MA in Economics (Russia) - 6 months in leading Russian, state-owned investment bank - 8 years in European Bulge Bracket bank, including first year in Russia followed by internal transfer to London - Focus on clients in Industrials and Natural Resources sector - Broad experience across the key Investment Banking products (sell-side / buy-side M&A, large public take-overs, IPO / Follow-ons, LBO / Leveraged Finance) Please feel free to ask
30 Jul 2020
Hi Guys, I would like to ask, does the need for Visa Sponsorship in the UK put me into disadvantage when applying to investment banks in London for Summer Internship? I currently have Student Visa that allows me to work without sponsorship. I am not planning to lie on my application when the question is if I will need sponsorship in the FUTURE I will select YES even though I wouldn't need it for the SA role I am applying to, just in case FT offer afterwards. Just want to know if this will put me in disadvantage compared to others who don't need Visa, especially now when the work visa system
01 Aug 2021
Hi, hoping to see if anyone has insight or access to information that sheds insight on the top healthcare groups on the street? Are there certain firms that outperform in this area over others? I understand there are various verticals and sectors in Healthcare and some firms may outperform others in that particular area but was hoping to see overall wise, which firms would be the strongest in the Healthcare space for an overall healthcare investment banking experience. From research and previous threads it seems top groups HC overall: BB: 1.) GS/JPM 2.) Barclays/BAML 3.) Citi 4.) MS 5.) CS 6.)
02 Jun 2020
Hey everyone, I'm currently a rising sophomore at a target school (Ivy). I finished my first year with a 3.8 GPA, and have two internships for this summer. One is at a global middle market investment bank, and the other is at a small search fund. I'm planning on applying for sophomore BB SA programs, but I'm waiting to apply until I do something at these internships that I can put on my resume. I was wondering how much these experiences will help me get an interview for sophomore SA programs, and whether it would have been more beneficial to be doing something like PWM at a BB this summer. In
15 Jun 2021
What things would you consider items that constitute a bad group culture versus just being the "culture" of Bulge Bracket investment banking? 1st Year Analyst I am sure this list can go on and on but I am going to stop here. I think that this is 80-90% bad culture and sweatshop/crappy group and maybe 10-20% weighted to just banking being banking... What do you guys think? Do you guys have similar experiences? Bad culture or normal for BB banking? 1.) Getting staffed with new people you have never worked with and they don't take any time to introduce themselves, tell you about what the project
12 Feb 2021
Hey everyone, feel like we haven't had a good ol' argument/friendly discussion in a while. What would you say is the current tier list of investment banks in 2016 based on overall brand strength? If you have real balls, rank them with no ties (1a, 1b). Ranking the Bulge Bracket and Elite Boutique Banks Before looking at any rankings, it is important to note that these are subjective and can change at any point based on the deal flow at a given bank. These can also vary by group. Below are rankings contributed by our users. Tier 1a: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Tier 1b: JP Morgan Tier 2a: Citi
08 Apr 2018
Any opinions on best (rankings welcomed) Consumer/Retail groups for both BB and EB? Any other information on specific groups within a BB or EB (hours, pay, culture, etc) would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
19 Feb 2020
WSJ just reported that BofA is planning to change the marketing name of its investment banking unit "Bank of America Merrill Lynch" to only Bank of America (Securities) and reduce the wealth management operations' name to Merrill. How will this affect the reputation of the bank and its ability to win clients and recruit young, often prestige-focused, college students? I think this will radically reduce the appeal of the brand and will even further destroy the performance legacy of Merrill Lynch.
03 Mar 2019
Got an offer from one of the first three banks. How do these firms compare in terms of exit ops and long-term prospects to GS/MS and Centerview, which recruit later?
05 May 2021
obviously most people here are IBD or bust, but for those of us happy making a decent living and prioritize work and family time, what are some of the better roles in the BO and MO? the only real BO/MO role i am familiar with is Trade Support so i am interested in knowing what else is out there. i am prepared for the snarky comments but i do know there are a good handful of people with the back office/operations experience that will chime in. thanks all!
07 Jan 2018
I have spoken candidly in the past and will gladly do so again, about my misadventures in the world of marriage. It's a world many foolish men enter, but few ever leave financially unscathed. Today, we look at yet another nail in the coffin of this once noble and righteous institution. One year ago, Stacey Napp founded Balance Point. Not surprisingly, with money from her own divorce settlement. Balance Point is a divorce investment fund. It essentially ponies up its legal services for free (under the guise of a financial investment) and takes a percentage of the winnings, pardon... settlement .
04 May 2017
Hey guys, I have only been on this forum a couple of times, but I formerly worked in M&A at a bulge bracket. I have been out of the business for a couple of years now (my choice) and I just wanted to give you guys some advice about the financial industry (this was inspired by Greg Smith) Some background: I graduated from semi-target with a good GPA (3.4), but started networking freshman year. I always wanted to be a banker, the money, the girls....but most importantly the money. Eventually I landed a few random gigs and long story short I got into a SA spot, then FT offer. I was the happiest
02 Jul 2012
This is for IBD in the US (NYC specifically) and as of November 2014. Bulge Bracket & Large Banks: Tier 1a: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Tier 1b: J.P. Morgan
09 Nov 2014
A2A at a BB with ~5yrs of experience in Healthcare Investment Banking coverage. Current focus towards the Biotech/Biopharma subsectors. M&A focus; transaction experience across all common product groups. To preempt, I do not have a medical degree but do have a natural sciences background.
13 Nov 2017
Could somebody please make a bulleted list of all of the bulge bracket banks and include the core competencies for each bank at what they're best at? This would be to everyone's benefit who wants to learn the "scoop" on each of the big players
30 Jul 2018
Great news. I finally landed a spot in DCM for the leveraged finance team of a very prestigious BB on the street. I literally started from the bottom, working my way up, and have been working at a mid-size to small boutique firm for the past year and a half. My old firm was super short on staff, so I am already use to working 100+ hour work weeks, working multiple assignments with tight deadlines. My question is what should I expect job/work wise going from a smaller shop to a top tier BB? What are some of the big differences that I should prepare myself for? I want to prepare as much as
16 May 2017
Hey guys, I'm a rising sophomore at a target school (Ivy). Finished freshman year with 3.8 GPA, currently doing both an IB and search fund internship this summer. I've already started looking for sophomore SA programs at local boutiques and MM firms, and plan on starting the networking grind soon. My question is, given my academic record and work experience, how far ahead of the curve am I in terms of competition for junior year SA roles at BBs and EBs? Am I basically set with the freshman internships? Or is there anything else I should be doing to improve my odds?
22 Jun 2021
I have heard mixed thoughts on this from senior people. Some seem to say they don't care about your GPA once you have interned at a firm/got the job...and it should not be included on your resume after you graduate...some say it should be included on your resume after you graduate? There is no requirement from the firm saying you need to list your GPA on your resume after you got the job. This probably isn't that big of a deal but once you graduate should you just take your GPA off your resume and just list your degree and honors / cum laude/honors/deans list/societies whatever applicable etc
03 Jun 2020
Hey all, just wondering where associates/2nd year analysts typically exit to from shareholder activism type IB groups. I know activism defense advisory is offered by some BB and EB banks and was curious if most stay in IB or eventually try to land at an activist fund or in PE.
26 Jan 2018
Hi guys, I'm wondering where realistic places are for me to end up in London when I apply to IBD in the next few months. Here is my profile: LSE Master Accounting & Finance 2021-2022 Grew up in London, went to a German school and got 3.5 GPA equivalent (1.8 Abitur) (native German & English) Non-target Bachelor in Holland with 3.5 GPA (8.0) Internships: EY Advisory, Grant Thornton M&A, Startup focussed on renewables, founded own startup (all in Germany) Extra: VC part-time, CFI FMVA Exchange to Bocconi 720 GMAT Ethnicity: white, German & British Given that a lot of people coming to LSE already
21 May 2021
In the world of college sports, top athletes from high schools all over the country compete to join the best programs for 2 to 4 years. Just like college sports, banking takes the absolute cream of the crop of their pool, sometimes less than 1% of those who want it, simply because there are not enough spots for everyone. In this article I will be comparing the recruiting process of investment banks to recruiting for college sports In the beginning of recruiting, candidates start by reaching out to coaches, or if they are high level enough will receive attention from top universities/banks
01 Aug 2019
Hey there, all you cool cats and kittens, it's NetworkingNinja here, and it's story time. Background: East coast non-target. Third-year analyst at a west coast LMM PE shop. Below market pay, demanding hours, all-around toxic culture. Needless to say, I'm looking for new opportunities, especially given the increased flexibility in my schedule while working from home. I've cast a wide net of PE and IB positions (yes I would consider IB given the potential to join as an associate and take a significant bump in pay). While I have strong experience and 5+ deals closed, I still haven't gained much
30 Jul 2020
I joined WSO a little less than two days ago. I want to post my in depth detailed story of how I made it to the BB I am at now. Hopefully this will help inspire a few people or at least show them that you can in fact make it to a great firm coming from basically nothing. I grew up in a decent household, my father was a high school maths teacher, and my mother was a nurse. Neither one made great money living in southern California, especially with having three other brothers. Needless to say, I lived in a rather small one story house in a decent neighborhood. I worked incredibly hard in high
19 May 2017
Hello! I was hoping that someone could shed light on which group would provide me with the best learning experience for exits into PE? Will any of these groups pigeon hole you? As in if I am in TMT, will I not get to work on bigger deals because of the nature of the industry compared to Industrials where there are many established, big companies (more of them)? I have read that Industrials provides you with a very good transferrable skillset from a modeling perspective, is this more so true than TMT or FIG? It seems like in the TMT space a lot of the deals are ECM/IPO deals and there is not as
13 May 2020
I've heard great things about UBS's culture and global presence, especially in LevFin/TMT/Industrials as well as FX/Rates on the floor. However, in the league tables they seem to take a big hit across M&A, ECM/DCM, and S&T. Even banks like RBC, BNP, SocGen, HSBC, and so on, tend to have an edge on them in the Americas on recent league tables. Is there something I'm missing here? Are league tables inaccurate in determining whether a bank is a "BB" or not, or is it because UBS is a smaller-sized bank that focuses mostly on PWM?
17 Jan 2021
Thought I would create a discussion on my experience interviewing for an IB position at BofA in London for SA 2021. Unfortunately I did not receive an offer to join the team, but I gained a valuable experience and learned a lot about myself as I made it to the Assessment Centre (no Superday due to Covid). Although all SA jobs are more than likely full, feel free to ask any questions regarding the interview process, lead time etc.
02 Dec 2020
I just got a summer analyst position at a BB bank and I'm extremely happy with the position. But I was wondering how it compares with smaller prop shops in terms of comp and lifestyle. I know, for example, a first-year at Optiver can make 300k. And this is in Chicago, where the cost of living is half that of NY. When you compare it to a BB first-year analyst, I don't imagine they break 120k even in NY in their first year. I've also been told that the lifestyle at these smaller firms is great, not just for work-life balance, but the facilities in the office. Can anyone make an argument for a BB
24 Feb 2019
Hi! I wanted to see if anyone knows how to get or view rankings of each particular industry group at each Bulge Bracket. We are always discussing which groups are best at each firm, is there a database that logs all this information or where we can see concrete results like Bloomberg or something? Does anyone have any insight to the following groups at the following firms? Firms: BAML, BARCLAYS, CITI ** **Groups: Healthcare, Industrials, TMT, Consumer/Retail ** **Healthcare: ** 1.) BAML 2.) Barclays 3.) Citi **Industrials: 1.) Barclays 2.) Citi 3.) BAML TMT: 1.) Citi 2.) Barclays 3.)
25 May 2020
Hey guys - long time reader / occasional poster, made a new account for purposes of this Q&A. Learned a lot from WSO as I was navigating the recruiting process, so hope to pay it back. Happy to answer any questions about the process / networking / the job / anything else that I can be helpful with. My background: Graduated from a non-target school (though there are typically 2-3 kids that go on to do banking each year) in May. Interned at a boutique (not elite boutique) bank during the school year and as a summer analyst. Went through FT recruiting, and landed a spot at a BB through extensive
02 Nov 2015
I've been following league tables in Asia for a while, and it seems that they have become increasingly dominated by Chinese banks (not just CICC and Citic, but also places like GF Securities, Haitong securities). This has been true for ECM and DCM for a while, but it seems that in recent years this effect has been seeping into advisory/M&A as well. What does this mean for all the BBs in Asia? (we already know Barclays is out, DB probably likely to follow). The banking scene in Asia in general? What's the landscape going to be like 5-10 years down the road? Which banks/BBs are best positioned
19 Apr 2016
I know this site obsesses over GS/JPM/MS a lot, but how much "better" are they compared to other BBs (C/CS/BARC/BAML/UBS/DB) on the street regarding (1) culture (2) workload (3) pay (4) structure? Is the difference just blown out of proportion on this site, or are the banks actually a lot more similar than people like to describe? I've heard mixed reviews, where some say it's night and day, others who say most banks give similar experiences. Minus prestige, are "lower-tier" banks really that different from "mid-tier" and "top" banks? Would love to hear from anyone who has experienced both
25 Oct 2020
Hi All- Was considering Deferred MBA programs. I am a senior undergrad who interned within an IB group at a BB and will be returning full-time this summer. Was wondering what others thoughts are on Deferred MBA programs - especially for a college senior who will be an IB Analyst after grad. A lot of these deferred programs allow me to work a while before i begin the MBA program so my thought process was stick a few years in IB (2 or maybe even more as an associate).
05 Jan 2021
I've noticed that UBS/DB both get so much shit from all over this site, but it seems like when I talk to folks who work on Wall Street and at several different BBs, they always talk about how they're still very respectable firms with good culture and people - great places to start a career for an ambitious 22-year old, even today. Is all the hate on this website justified? Is it not? What are your experiences at these banks and/or working with these banks? I accepted an SA offer at one of these two banks. Also: Please don't comment on here if you're in high school, freshman/sophomore, or not
04 Dec 2020
As an Econ/Math double major at a university with a target business school, what GPA do I need to get interviews at the elite bulge brackets like Goldman and boutiques like Evercore? I just finished up my freshman year with a 3.74 and I'm involved in 3 orgs on campus (1 finance related and 2 that are not). Would pushing for a higher GPA (3.8 overall) in the semester before recruitment begins really going to help me that much?
03 May 2019
It seems that despite MM being all cash bonuses the all in salary seems to be higher at Analyst, Associate levels. Is there a significant drop off in comp at the VP, Director and MD levels? Trying to figure out why BB MDs wouldn't just go to MM if they can make more. Obviously other factors influence a switch but only referring to comp here. Any insights are appreciated.
30 May 2021
Fellow aspiring monkeys and experienced gorillas, I'm currently weighing the options on whether to pursue an MBA or a Master degree in order to break into Investment Banking (BB, EB, MM) and would like to hear your thoughts. I graduated in 2018 from a non-target on the east coast with a few finance internships (PE and IB) and a 3.6 GPA. Upon graduation I returned to my home country (developing country: not yet recognized as an emerging or frontier market) to work in a small (10 people) family owned government supplies business. I'm planning to give my GMATs soon in order to apply to the
12 Jan 2021
So I know many of us are moving to the city and are looking for roommates. In keeping with the last thread, I think it would be helpful for everyone to post the following information: City: NYC Preferred Areas: FiDi, TriBeCa, SoHo, Greenwich Village fairly open as long as it's near a subway Start Date: July 1st Lease Start: After June (Prefer mid June) Position: FT Analyst - IBD at a BB Total Roommates: 2-4 Your Gender: Male Roommate Gender: No preference Budget: up to 1500(lower is better) Contact: PM I know it's a little early but at least this way we get to know each other for a while longer.
21 Nov 2010
On Linkedin, I see a lot of people--even outside of the schools like Dartmouth where you can take an off term during the school year--who have internships at BB like BAML and MS and I was just wondering how they do that? It seems like they only intern from Dec-Jan, during winter break. Is this simply through networking and just asking people (after building up a relationship of course) if there are any possibilities for these type of opportunities? I can't seem to find any of this type of stuff on the official websites so if I want to go about doing so, how would one do it?
03 Jan 2021
What is the overall perception of investment banking Latin America coverage groups at bulge brackets (JPM/BAML/Citi/CS)? Which are the strongest? How are the exit opps into PE/VC or HF? I am from the region and am thinking of interning at one of these.
16 Aug 2016
Hoping some of the older guys can provide guidance here. I have the chance to accept an analyst offer for a CMBS Originations role at a BB in NYC. Eventually, I would like to pursue an Associate role in REPE. Will taking a job in CMBS alter my chances of receiving an offer at a MF or top-tier shop? What are common exit ops for an CMBS analyst at a BB?
14 Aug 2020
Hi, Background: I'm a rising junior at a top target (think Harvard/Wharton) and I'm looking to get a 2019 summer internship at a bulge bracket bank. In highschool, I had solid extracurriculars (a lot of student government, debate, and continent-level recognition for leadership) and grades (2350 SAT, 44IB, etc). In college, I messed up my first semester GPA really badly so rn I'm resting at a 3.33 going into junior year. I still have quite a lot of extra curricular activities in college and I'm currently a private equity summer analyst at a firm with usd2+billion aum in Singapore right now
07 Jun 2018
Both industries are interesting and have a lot of developments happening within them. I know that Technology and Healthcare go hand in hand often - does this mean that the Healthcare group will cover a healthcare technology company or would that be covered by the Technology group, does anyone have any insight into how this works? Is one industry better for PE/VC than the other? It seems as though with TMT you could transition into a startup/tech company/VC/PE, it seems with healthcare it is more common that analysts would go into PE? Does anyone have any insight into this or could argues pros
01 Jun 2020
Even though Wells Fargo's number 10 in the league tables: http://markets.ft.com/investmentBanking/tablesAnd… I rarely hear anyone talking about them on WSO, I see more people talking about about Jeffries and Houlihan. Why isn't Wells Fargo considered bulge bracket? Especially when Wells Fargo is expected to even further expand its IB services in the coming years. Even shareholders of Wells Fargo can see this(whether for positive or negative reasons is another topic): http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2012/04/16…
17 Apr 2012
Finished SA recruiting at a top target school and came away with these offers in NY. MS and BAML are generalist offers so I wouldn't know what group I'll be placed into. Greenhill & PWP are generalist M&A / RX offers. I like RX so I'm thinking between HL, Greenhill, & PWP at this point. Also, I think I would like to start off at an elite boutique like Greenhill, Houlihan Lokey, or PWP rather than a BB after graduation. Really liked everyone I met at Greenhill and HL and think I could be a good fit at either one. Was also extremely impressed with HL RX people I interviewed with; they just
27 Nov 2015
People often tell me it's better to work at JPM Markets or Citi Markets than GS Securities because of the difference in the balance sheet and revenues, but I feel like this figure isn't normalized with respect to how many people work at each bank... If one bank made 10 times the revenues of another but had 100 times as many people, for example, I feel like you have more potential in a career at the bank with fewer people. I know the revenues of each BB and I know the total number of employees (e.g. JPM is 250k+ and Citi is 200k+ where GS is around 36k), but I feel like this is very much
02 Mar 2019
A question we often hear posed on Wall Street Oasis is what should I major in? Or some derivation, thereof. People will tell you anything and everything from straight finance, accounting and business to seemingly irrelevant topics such as theater, music and drama. Though the battle of liberal arts vs. business sciences will always be a popular topic, there is another quiet storm brewing which gets little attention. It is the growing disconnect between engineering majors and actual careers in engineering. Specifically, engineering majors are taking higher paying jobs on Wall Street and thereby leaving America undermanned in the high tech entrepreneurial sector.
27 Mar 2011
Was just offered Summer Analyst position (rising Junior in Liberal Arts school) at MM bank, would like to end up there full time but want to be exposed to BB bank eventually as well. It is an exploding offer, and most of the BB recruiting happens in the fall. If I decline this offer I will likely burn my bridges with them, but I want to eventually end up there because I get more exposure to MDs, client facing meetings, etc. It's a reputable firm that I admire a lot but don't know if I'm making my mind up too soon. Any thoughts?
14 Jun 2017
It's 3:30 in the morning and I am still at the office. So...I feel like writing this post. This poem is for all future analysts trying to get into investment banking. From the outside it seems like we are all Gekko, the truth is... "sighBanking" by SuitedWolf no suits, no shoes no deals, no wheels no cash, no stash no pay, no play no life, no wife no buy, no sell just...excel
12 Aug 2010