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  2. I have accepted a Risk Management job at a large (too big to fail) bank in NY, i-banking division. 1. What is the job like in terms of hours/pay/experience/exit opportunities? 2. How difficult is it to move into a hotter division, say, i- banking or LevFi ...

    163 comments6 May 2020 -

  3. Exiting from Corporate Development

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    WSO Community, I'm finishing up my first year at a private ~Fortune 500 company in their corporate development group (M&A, VC investments, some JVs, board presentations). The company's industry is loosely classified as business services. I w ...

    75 comments7 May 2019 -

  4. Hey guys, From what I've gathered from speaking with consultants, places like Bain and BCG seem like fantastic places to work. The people appear to be happy and well-paid. Glassdoor/Fortune lists also support the idea that the consultants at BCG and ...

    27 comments6 May 2020 -

  5. Hi, I understand that this may sound stupid to a lot of you, but life is a continuous evaluation of priorities and I have decided that there's only so much I'm willing to give up for my career. I'm currently a second year analyst at a PE sh ...

    29 comments6 May 2020 -

  6. Here are the facts I've gathered from my research: A) My Economics professor claims that after spending 10 years working for the New York Federal Reserve I will be able to leverage my experience and the connections I've made on the job into a hi ...

    34 comments6 May 2020 -

  7. So I just graduated from undergrad and accepted an offer to work at Google, in their Dedicated Client Services division (it's like account management with their big advertising clients)... And Google from what I've heard, read, seen and the reac ...

    41 comments6 May 2020 -

  8. Hey guys I've been offered an ER position at a BB after an internship, but IBD is where I really want to be. Unfortunately, in this market, not many people are hiring, especially not through the non-internship route (I dont have any prior banking exp ...

    113 comments6 Mar 2017 -

  9. Received a FT offer to start at industry group with decent deal flow history in European BB in London next year. I know some BBs in the lower half of the informal "prestige rankings" certainly place analysts into top PE funds but realistically i ...

    18 comments6 May 2020 -

  10. Hey guys, I'm looking for advice on which mutual funds should I also be considering if I want to move to the buyside. My original goal was to put in ~2-years in SS ER and make a switch to the best HF I can sneak in too. Well my 2-year anniversary is ...

    22 comments6 May 2020 -

  11. I know there are some older threads on this but they don't seemed to be getting much traction anymore so I wanted to start a new discussion. I've been seeing a lot of job postings and general talk about the field of shareholder advisory/activism ...

    13 comments28 Oct 2019 -

  12. I'm currently a junior at an Ivy-equal target school (think Stanford, MIT, Chicago, Duke, etc), but it seems like I got dinged at the 2 BB banks I interviewed with for IBD SA. I recently got an offer at this medical business development company that ...

    19 comments6 May 2020 -

  13. What is wrong with bankers?!

    Investment Banking

    Hey guys, I've been an enthusiastic reader of this forum for a while, but now I decided to write my first post to ask clarifications about something which is kind of a puzzle to me. What is wrong with bankers? Reading their opinions, I have the feeli ...

    27 comments3 Dec 2014 -

  14. Hi everyone, I have an upcoming interview for an analyst position at Citi 's Financial Strategy Group and I am not sure I understand exactly where they stand within the Investment Banking department. I'd like to have your insight on: What do the ...

    32 comments6 Jun 2017 -

  15. Which groups in IBD typically have the best exit opps into Corporate Development roles? Do Corporate Strategy / Development groups prefer an analyst from an industry coverage group more than a product group analyst (M&A)? My understanding is that comi ...

    27 comments22 Mar 2015 -

  16. This question is for a friend's younger brother, who's a college senior and accepted a job offer at Citadel 's investment& trading analyst program. He's excited but is concerned about the exit opportunities afterwards. Supposedly y ...

    36 comments2 Feb 2012 -

  17. Hello all! Just wanted to gauge some opinions here, what do you guys think about returning to your old company post-mba? this is assuming that youre not being sponsored (MBB style) or having your company pay for it in any other way (part time or otherwise ...

    22 comments15 Sep 2012 -

  18. I am current first year analyst at a middle market bank. I have an upcoming call to discuss potential investment banking exit opportunities to hedge funds with someone created his own billion dollar plus fund. The fund is a long-short equity fund, so it t ...

    28 comments7 Apr 2011 -

  19. I'm interviewing at a hedge fund for an operations role ('Portfolio Analyst')...I don't have any modeling experience so I understand why I can't fill a real analyst role in IBD.. however, everyone seems to claim that operations is ...

    27 comments7 Aug 2011 -

  20. J.P. Morgan LevFin

    Investment Banking

    What are people's thoughts on J.P. Morgan 's Syndicated & Leveraged Finance group? What are the exit opps like for PE? Investment Banking Leveraged Finance career advice jp morgan chase Exit Opps JP Morgan J.P. Morgan (JPM) exit ops exit opp ...

    28 comments20 Feb 2010 -

  21. Suppose you secured a full time 'exit opp' (a stint at a PE megafund, HF, strategy team at a F500 firm etc) before entering full-time banking/consulting. What are your thoughts on starting employment directly with such opportunities vs taking th ...

    20 comments1 Jul 2014 -

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    18 comments21 Mar 2017 -

  23. Valuations Exit Opportunities?

    Job Search Advice

    Hey guys, I've been working at a valuations firm and was wondering what my exit opportunities down the road would be. Some of the work I've been doing are: Business Enterprise Valuations Purchase Price Allocations Goodwill Impairment Testing Der ...

    17 comments26 Feb 2017 -

  24. VC Analyst->?

    Private Equity

    Recently got an offer from a firm with a strong reputation, and I'm wondering... while it seems like the VC Analyst position itself is a very sweet one, what kind of exit opps does an analyst in VC have after two years? Do they pursue MBAs? Do they g ...

    19 comments19 Jul 2011 -

  25. I'm lucky enough to be currently sitting on two offers: one from a top consulting shop (McKinsey / Bain) and one from a MM bank (Stifel, Montgomery). If I'm looking to break into private equity or possibly venture capital (growth equity division ...

    16 comments8 Nov 2016 -

  26. Of course, this varies by group and performance. But generally speaking, what types of places (prestige, size of company) do these banks send their analysts? Any specific examples of placements would be helpful as well. GS, MS, Lazard, Deutsche, Credit Su ...

    17 comments22 Jan 2013 -

  27. Hey guys, 1. What are the main differences between Big 4 restructuring and restructuring at a bank? I have heard of one Big 4 Restructuring group doing doing distressed M&A deals, but do all of them do this? 2. Does anyone have any insight into exit o ...

    14 comments16 Mar 2016 -

  28. I could not find much information on this site regarding lifestyle/career progression/compensation of folks working in the venture debt space. However, my concern is that venture debt funds are essentially no different than other tech lenders such as SVB/ ...

    9 comments5 Jun 2020 -

  29. I recently received a full-time offer for Corporate Finance Development Program within a major bank in US and I was wondering what are some potential exit opportunities for those who are doing Corporate Finance in financial services (banks etc). Is it pos ...

    9 comments16 Oct 2018 -

  30. Anyone have any information regarding analyst positions in equity research at Guggenheim? Exit opps, base/bonus, hours, culture in general? Would especially appreciate info on exit opps and comp. Equity Research exit opportunities Guggenheim Salary ...

    12 comments24 Jan 2017 -

  31. Google PM vs Mckinsey BTO

    Management Consulting

    I recently graduated with a PhD (in EE) and I was fortunate to get two wonderful job offers. I am currently torn between taking a position as a Product Manager at Google or an Associate at McKinsey Business Technology. I would eventually like to start my ...

    15 comments5 Sep 2013 -

  32. Bonus time is just around the corner and it seems that those voices about who gets how much at which bank are vanishing. People start to realise that huge bonus payments are outdated and that bonus payments decrease year by year (possibly partly offset by ...

    11 comments9 Jul 2012 -

  33. thats pretty messed up... didnt think auditors worked this many hours. any of you bankers out there heard of anything similar happen at the office? http://ascportfolios.org/chinaandmedia/2011/04/13/... exit opportunities big 4 accounting Salary ...

    15 comments18 Apr 2011 -

  34. This is kind of a weird question, but I've read a lot about the "sourcing model" at places like Summit and BVP. What do those analysts do after a few years not having found a deal? Is it easy to get into other PE jobs if they haven't n ...

    14 comments20 Aug 2009 -

  35. Hello fellow primates, Have just been invited to interview for an Eastdil Analyst position in the London office and I am seeking the standard comp/hours/exit opps info for this branch. I understand they are new to the UK so there might not be many of you ...

    8 comments6 May 2020 -

  36. I began a few months ago as an analyst at a PE FoF /advisor at a firm that's a good player in the space (think Capital Dynamics, StepStone, HarbourVest). I've been finding the work to be very boring and extremely qualitative. I've learned a ...

    12 comments15 Oct 2013 -

  37. Indiana or Tulane for undergrad

    Investment Banking

    So I messed around too much during first two years of HS and my GPA isn't too great. (Test scores are OK though). I have two options: Indiana (Direct Admit to Kelley)- no $, will have to pay ~35k/year out of state not including living expenses. Tulan ...

    8 comments6 May 2020 -

  38. I had a question regarding interviewing while still working in equity research (or credit for that matter- hours/job not that different at the end of the day). Let's say I want to make a move from my current job as an ER analyst to something else- me ...

    8 comments6 May 2020 -

  39. Exit Ops for a fundamental research analyst working with a Credit Hedge Fund Hi Folks, I am working as a fundamental research analyst with a multi-strategy hedge fund (more focussed on credit). I have a work-exp of almost 1.5 years. This fund is associate ...

    8 comments6 May 2020 -

  40. Hey all, So I have a second round interview with an internal investment management subsidiary of McKinsey /Bain/ BCG, This group manages the money for many of its partners and clients. The job would be a mix of quantitative modeling and hedge fund risk an ...

    8 comments6 May 2020 -

  41. Pretty straight forward; which position would look better when submitting applications for full-time financial regulation/compliance type jobs? I know it is kind of a broad question but generally speaking, is one more relevant than the other? I was thinki ...

    11 comments20 Nov 2012 -

  42. After working as an equity research associate for a couple of years, is it possible to exit into a corp development role at one of the companies in your coverage universe? Is it a viable exit strategy for someone in ER? exit opportunities Equity Research ...

    9 comments11 Sep 2016 -

  43. What's your view on the steps one should take to land a L/S Hedge Fund Analyst job coming from Investment Banking M&A? Thank you! #finance #IBD investment banking exit opportunities 1st job help career advice graduation hedge fund PE AM HF privat ...

    5 comments28 Jan 2020 -

  44. Trading still a good career?

    Sales and Trading

    Hey guys, I am an undergraduate junior. I had an investment banking internship last summer, and am still really not convinced one on direction in finance, though I do know that finance is what I am good at. My only problem is that I really am not interest ...

    9 comments2 Oct 2014 -

  45. Analyst Position- Jefferies Finance LLC Jefferies Finance LLC In 2004, Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Babson Capital Management (a subsidiary of MassMutual Financial Group) formed a 50/50 Joint Venture named Jefferies Finance LLC ("JFIN"), a ...

    9 comments1 Feb 2017 -

  46. Leveraging a Big 4 internship

    Job Search Advice

    Hi guys. I've managed to secure an audit internship at a Big 4 firm for this summer and as you can imagine, I'm over the moon about it. Now the plan is that I will enjoy my experience in audit and wish to take up a graduate position for the firm ...

    10 comments10 Feb 2011 -

  47. I'm looking to generate some ideas for the next few years as my bank only promotes some 30% of Analyst level salespeople to the associate level. Everyone else either moves around the bank to other groups/areas in the front office or goes to the buy s ...

    5 comments22 Jun 2019 -

  48. Houlihan Lokey CF / IB Groups

    Investment Banking

    Hi all- there has been a lot of talk on WSO about the deal flow and exit opps of top groups like RX, Consumer, and Industrials at Houlihan. Would you say that exit opps for the other groups (Business Services, Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, TMT, etc ...

    6 comments30 Jan 2018 -

  49. I got interviews with McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Monitor, Accenture, Oliver Wyman... and am making the following decision since I ended up with only an Accenture offer in consulting (and other non-consulting offers): How competitive is Accenture's Manageme ...

    6 comments6 May 2020 -

  50. I recently landed an IB gig at a prestigious desk, thanks in part to clever GPA rounding techniques that I learned on WSO. It has been several weeks now, so naturally I'm looking for exit opportunities. Most analysts/associates tell me that the best ...

    8 comments3 Mar 2011 -

  51. Ops at KKR a Dead End?

    Private Equity

    Hi monkeys, Was just offered an operations position on a leveraged derivatives team at KKR. Should I take this job? Currently I work in Ops for a large BD and am actively pursuing credit analyst roles and boutique IB roles. The operations work I do now is ...

    5 comments15 May 2018 -

  52. Is it difficult to get into banking or financial services if I start my career as a PRT Analyst (Aon Hewitt)? I want to know if it's hard to move into finance or management consulting in a couple of years because that's ultimately what I want to ...

    6 comments21 Jul 2015 -

  53. Hi everyone, Does anyone know if it is possible for someone in a Financial Analyst role in the finance department at a top marketing implementation firm to switch into banking or just financial services in general? My future goal is to end up working for ...

    6 comments12 May 2015 -

  54. BAML Tech Exit Opps

    Investment Banking

    What are the exit opps for BAML 's technology coverage group? Where do analysts usually end up after 2 years? technology Palo Alto exit opportunities BAML Salary ...

    6 comments11 Apr 2011 -

  55. I know STRH doesn't get a lot of love on this forum... but does anyone have any insight as to what the exit opportunities there are? exit opportunities Suntrust IBD Salary ...

    6 comments13 Feb 2011 -

  56. I am a junior at a non-target evaluating internship offers. My goal is to work in strategy consulting and I did interview at some top firms but nothing materialized. I am now entertaining a variety of different positions and my objectives are to do... 1. ...

    6 comments14 Mar 2010 -

  57. Hi all, I received an offer to work for a non-profit asset / investment management organization (think Stanford, Harvard endowment funds). I've had some experience in investment banking as well. I'm a little concerned with the exit opportunities ...

    6 comments29 Mar 2010 -

  58. For those of you that moved on from Transaction Services (Financial Due Diligence)- I'm curious to find out what you went on to do? Answer Template Title: Industry: Pay: STET, bump or drop Hours: Better or Worse Culture: Hindsight: Was it the right m ...

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  59. Hello everyone, Thanks to a lot of hard work, some luck, and advice from the WSO community, I will be starting at a Tier 2 (think PwC, Deloitte) management consulting firm in August. I'm trying to be intentional now about which Partners/ Managers I n ...

    5 comments29 May 2014 -

  60. S&T Exit Opps

    Sales and Trading

    Are the exit opps for people working in Sales & Trading (particularly Trading) really that limited? I have been networking and some bankers to into trading, former traders go into the capital markets and a few to into research and even medical science ...

    4 comments6 May 2020 -

  61. I have an offer from Stifel Nicolaus for their IBD office in Baltimore. I also have an offer from Ewing Bemiss, its a boutique in Richmond with about 20 bankers. I liked the guys at Ewing Bemiss more, but I feel like Stifel would provide me with better ex ...

    5 comments26 Oct 2010 -

  62. When talking with analysts at BBs, I often like to ask what their plans are after their two year contract ends. I'd say 50% of them say they don't know, they're taking this one step at a time, they'll see what comes their way, etc. The ...

    5 comments22 Feb 2010 -

  63. Hi everyone, I'm reaching out because I secured a SA position at a BB in the fall, and was placed in a Real Estate Syndicate group, which is within my firm's IBD. I was wondering to what extent individuals working in this come across CRE PE oppo ...

    3 comments18 Jan 2020 - Intern in IB - Ind

  64. any info on top la firms

    Investment Banking

    .. exit opportunities Los Angeles 2013 summer analyst ...

    4 comments8 Jan 2016 -

  65. BACKGROUND: 10 years of PWM and a Master's in something finance related. I recently switched from personal finance because I wanted to work with other professionals instead of idiots who listen to Suze Orman. NEW JOB: Financial Analyst/Business Analy ...

    4 comments19 Aug 2014 -

  66. Hi all, I am researching this position and wanted to know where it could lead me after a few years out. I am fairly unfamiliar with the commercial real estate finance industry so I wanted your opinions. The position would be in Debt Financing, analyzing c ...

    4 comments25 Jan 2012 -

  67. I recently e-mailed an executive director at a prestigious i-bank that also has operations in asset and wealth management. In my e-mail to him, I mentioned " I have a particular desire to work on the floor in fixed-income S&T and ultimately progr ...

    4 comments6 Jan 2011 -

  68. Any thoughts on CS's GLobal Industrial Services group? Is this a top group? Would an analyst in this group learn a lot? What will the exit opps for PE be like? Any help would be greatly appreciated. credit suisse Bulge Bracket I-banking I-B I-BANK ex ...

    4 comments7 Jul 2011 -

  69. Approaching the end of the year once again there are quite a few discussions and rumours floating around between analysts in the city. Who is going where, what opportunities are people looking at and what are other analysts considering a good move after y ...

    3 comments2 Jul 2012 -

  70. I'm a junior investment banker who's currently trying to decide between an exit opportunity in the corporate development & strategy team at a F500 financial services firm (modelling, strategic projects, M&A) or an analyst role in a small ...

    2 comments23 Nov 2018 -

  71. Hi All, Looking for opinions on Vanguard career development potential. Do investment roles in credit research, fixed income investment teams in Vanguard provide not-so-good / good / great learning opportunities? Anyone know or have been an investment prof ...

    2 comments6 Jan 2017 -

  72. Hey guys, I'll be entering equity research for full-time soon as a generalist and I'll have the option to rank my preferences in what analyst I want to work under. Personally, I want an experience in which I can learn the most from, specifically ...

    2 comments6 Dec 2015 -

  73. Hello all, I'm Bronn, and I went to a small college you've probably never heard of. Been working for a Top Tier House (think Lannister/Tyrell/Baratheon) doing acquisitions for about 3 years now. Alas, the hostile takeover world is starting to ge ...

    2 comments21 Mar 2013 -

  74. (deleted...)

    Management Consulting

    McKinsey government public policy exit opportunities ...

    2 comments11 May 2015 -

  75. Anyone familiar with Casey Research and their Junior Investment Analyst positions? I would be interested in hearing mostly about exit opportunities (specifically, is this good experience to break into a front office position at a hedge fund?), but also ab ...

    2 comments14 Apr 2014 -

  76. Something To Think About

    Other Industries

    I recently came across this video and until now I decided to share it with you guys. It has really made me think about the things I do, why I do them, whether or not I really should be doing these things that I am doing and to what extent to they matter t ...

    2 comments17 Nov 2012 -

  77. What would be the pay an analyst can expect to receive after completing a 2 year stint at a top BB (GS, MS, JPM) and moving into a corporate finance role in a Fortune 500 Company? Would any analysts who have made this switch like to comment? I know that t ...

    2 comments29 Mar 2010 -

  78. Friend of mine has an opportunity to join a fund that specializes in growth equity and direct co-investments. The fund focuses on investment opportunities in the territory of $15-75mn, preferring fully-dulted ownership of less than 51% and buying position ...

    2 comments6 Mar 2009 -

  79. Currently staffed on a transaction in which we've been mandated by my "dream PE fund." The deal team is quite large, with several people at the senior / VP / As level, and therefore there are several lines of communication for the client be ...

    1 comment17 Jun 2020 - Analyst 1 in IB - Ind

  80. Does anyone know if it is possible to move from central banking into investment banking in the UK? I've been thinking about making the switch in some time and would like to know if my experience in Markets Analysis Division in a central bank would be ...

    1 comment6 Apr 2020 -

  81. From IB to VC in Europe: How?

    Investment Banking

    Is it all a matter of networking? Is PE an obligatory step? How to make the jump more effective? Thank you! exit opportunities #venturecapital All Europe ...

    1 comment6 May 2020 -

  82. What are the best ways to prepare for PE interviews? Which is the best material to use? What are PE recruiters looking for in a candidate? How do you reconcile preparation with the hours you have to put into IB / M&A work? Let me know what you think. ...

    1 comment24 Jan 2020 -

  83. What are the potential exit opportunities for a sell-side equity research analyst at a large independent shop that primarily sells into wirehouses, e.g. Morningstar? Is this kind of experience, wherein you have your own coverage, respected by banks or any ...

    1 comment9 May 2018 -

  84. Regional Offices

    Management Consulting

    Is there any difference in PE recruiting from MBB regional offices? I've heard that one is generally locked in to the region that they currently work in- is this true? I'll be working for a southern MBB office but am interested in PE in a couple ...

    1 comment6 May 2020 -

  85. I'm an american equity research associate (1st year) at a well-known mm looking to spend some time abroad. Anyone know the feasibility of doing a lateral move/exit to a european shop (zurich, for example)? Would I need to spend a year at a bb in the ...

    6 May 2020 -

  86. What kind of exit ops are there from internal ERM at a F100?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Hey guys, I'm wondering what the exit ops are like (if any) from internal ERM at a F100?-For the last 15 months I've been doing FP&A at a F100 as my first job out of college-Now I have two offers on the table, a senior analyst in FP&A at ...

    1 comment10 Oct 2016 -

  87. I graduated from a top tier school and started as an analyst in Google's finance division (doing mostly accounting work). My undergrad experience includes front-office finance roles and equity research at a hedgefund. This is a particularly new progr ...

    1 Sep 2016 -

  88. I was wondering if anyone has a feel for the types of exit opportunities that are available from PwC. I know that their CF division is huge internationally, (apparently PwC is the largest ibank in the world if you count their international presence) and m ...

    6 Jan 2016 -

  89. Sales and Trading to Corporate/Business Development

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Hi, I am currently approaching end of my 2 year analyst program within Sales and Trading at a BB- currently within sales I've decided that banking/ s&t isn't something I see myself doing after this program. I would like to work for a corpora ...

    1 comment16 Nov 2012 -

  90. Sales vs Research

    Sales and Trading

    Hey guys, a quick question: currently holding offers from a BB for both fixed income sales and rates strategy grad position and finding it difficult to decide. have you guys got infos re: advantages/drawbacks of each in terms of actual work, workload etc. ...

    6 Dec 2011 -

  91. Goldman Sachs HFS

    Asset Management

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had any specific information on the GS Hedge Fund Strategies group. What skill set will you pick up from this group? How is the compensation for analysts/ associates/vp/md? Also, how are the exit opps for someone coming o ...

    1 comment21 Aug 2011 -

  92. I am thinking of joining a specialized corporate M&A group, but I'm worried about exit opportunities. For example(this isn't the company I'm going to), if I go to Ford and work in their M&A group buying and selling suppliers and dea ...

    1 comment17 Aug 2011 -

  93. UBS Corporate Lending Group

    Investment Banking

    Anyone knows anything about corporate lending? At UBS, it's part of IB but I was wondering if anyone who's worked there or interacted with a corporate lending team could provide some insight about the type of work, compensation, work hours, and ...

    1 comment8 Apr 2011 -

  94. Alright, so I didn't network too hard for legit AM /Banking/consulting positions, so I relied heavily on my school's shitty OCR. In the end, I ended up receiving an offer from a financial regulatory agency. The work is auditing/compliance type o ...

    3 Mar 2011 -

  95. After finishing a two-year BB-IB stint, what are some of the more creative exit opportunities as opposed to the classical: B-school, HF / PE, Corp Dev. I was taking a look at some jobs at Google that are not related to Corp Dev, such as their Portfolio An ...

    16 Apr 2010 -

  96. Hobart

    Investment Banking

    Can anyone shed some light on potential exit opportunities from this school. I know it is small, but is there a presence on the street in either IB, S&T or consulting? I don't know much about it and my little brother is interested in applying. Ba ...

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