Curious about the dumbest things you've ever said in an interview that make for a funny story. I had a coffee meet with associate/vp today (family friend). I have f'd up couliflower ears from wrestling/mma. The associate was a wrestler and commented something along the lines of...
Hi everyone. I go to a top feeder elementary school and hoping to get into <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> or hopefully <abbr title="megafund">MF</abbr> <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> down the line. I'm...
I love the stories of interns crashing and burning, drinking too much, or doing something stupid as much as anyone else, but are there any tales from the opposite end of the spectrum? <em>Mod Note (Andy): One of the most viewed posts of 2017.</em>
<!--<img class="img-responsive center-block" src="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/files/ib_questions_title.png" alt="Investment Banking Interview Questions: A Comprehensive Guide" />--> I was in your shoes about five or six years ago. I worked as an...
Keyser Söze 123
Haven't seen this post in a while, and I'm interested in hearing everyones stories. Below I've included my own story, which happened at a large boutique firm on the east coast. It's lengthy but hopefully a worthwhile read. To begin, I'm in the office it's...
I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as an investment banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee young first-year analyst in restructuring for one of the <span class='keyword_link'><a...
When I did my AMA thread a while back I promised at least one person that I would share my general research process. So here you go... Every analyst has his/her own way of conducting due diligence. There certainly is no one correct way to come to an investment decision, however, I’d argue...
Draper Specter and Co.
In honor of GoT S7 premiering next month, I'd like to pose a simple question to the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community. If the investment banks were the Houses of Westeros, which would they be? My Opinion: <span...
Five years almost to the date, I was fired from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/oliver-wyman" target="_blank">Oliver Wyman</a></span> (after 11 months at the firm, straight out of ugrad). This is when I'd walked into the...
<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-full-time-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 Full-Time <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page here</a> EARLY RECRUITMENT PROCESS /...
Chimps, after working with all of our first years at our firm on several deals, I’ve found that I’m frequently getting asked for tips and tricks that I wish I had known as a new analyst. I’ve listed out some insights on what I think every analyst should know as they begin their stint in...
I know it's a jungle out there guys. It's tough for people just graduating to find jobs, but it's even tougher for those in the work force and those with a non-target educational background to break into Finance (let alone work in a competitive sector). This story is a...
Guys, This is a serious and sincere plea to any of you undergraduate kids who're using these silly titles on their LinkedIn profiles. Please for god's sake, take this out. It just looks stupid and wannabe-ish. I don't know who started doing this and where, but it's just...
We all know banking isn't easy, and I am usually all about encouraging young people to work hard in finance since the long-term benefits to your career can be incredible. But it's good to be realistic about the job - many of us tend to act like heroic titans of finance who love the...
I turned 30 last week, thought i'd pass some advice and my favorite quotations on to you all. I pulled all these from my <em>grand</em> list so it is by no means comprehensive, just a sample. Enjoy. fwiw I'm ex finance (spent 3 years in <abbr title="investment...
There has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr>. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an <abbr...
Viewer discretion advised. This is mostly a rant and I apologize in advance. But hey, sometimes <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> gets a little dry so we gotta spice this up a bit. Love y'all btw. 1. Recruiters can lick every inch of my ball$ack....
Did anyone else hear about a summer analyst dying recently at a Chicago MM? Apparently he had worked some crazy amount of all nighters. Unclear as to what the exact cause of death was. I’m not bringing this up for e-cred but to say that this shit is absurd and needs to change, I’m sure...
What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it? <em> #8 top discussion of 2018 </em>
So I'm recovering from a procedure and out of commission for a couple days, and I thought I would use the downtime share a few observations / career guidance for those people starting out in the business. Take this with a pinch of salt, as its one person's advice, but these are all...
Takeaway message: Piper Jaffray (PJC) is a massive sweatshop. Probably one of the worst <abbr title="middle market firms">MMs</abbr> for work/life balance from what I’ve seen and heard. Imperial Capital is the only other <abbr title="middle...
Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so...
So, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...
This idea was discussed within a comment thread a couple month ago but I thought it deserved its own thread just because of how awesome it is. I wanted to share with you guys a tip that is virtually guaranteed to improve your interviews. Here's what you do: 1. Arrive at interview...
I am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> offers (from <abbr title="megafunds ">MFs</abbr> and top <abbr title="middle market ">MM</abbr> firms), both elated and relieved to be done...
So I've had this hunch for a while and wanted to get others thoughts. Before you think I'm crazy and sleep deprived just look at the evidence I am about to bestow upon you all. Over the past year I've been growing suspicious that my MD is a vampire... There are several reasons...
I just left <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> and went entrepreneurship way, so this is a bit of a rant post and a throwaway account, but felt like I need to share. With all do respect to hard-working individuals out there - investment banking industry is broken...
Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my story. My name is Stephen Ridley. I graduated from a top tier British University with a...
Hey guys. I'm a 29 year old white male with a loving wife and 1 year old son. I went to a state school (Cal State Fullerton), graduated with a 3.1 GPA (didn't give a crap about school, just partied) and then got a sales job. Then I busted my ass (I'm not analytical or smart, but...
**Update:** See the Non-Target Edition <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/by-popular-demand-ranking-the-douchiest-people-you-will-meet-on-wall-street-non-target"> here</a>. <h3>The HPY Kiss Ass:</h3> Imagine this: The entire analyst class has to...
Here goes a book... and not because I need to defend myself, but because I think I have a perspective a lot of people can relate to but can't necessarily put their finger on. <h3> Laziness </h3> I don't look down on "ordinary" people. I am an ordinary person....
As you probably saw this morning with a headline along the lines of “Google Anti-Diversity Memo” or something similar, someone at Google wrote a 10-page piece that challenges the status quo regarding the gender gap. The actual title is “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” and by the...
I'll start us off. The first one is not quite dumb, but funny nonetheless. I applied to a retail banking (teller position) internship years ago to get some first-hand interviewing experience, knowing very well I didn't want to go into retail banking. When the interview was over, I...
So, everyone is a prestige whore in some way or another. Let's be honest. For every 1 person who can afford to pay cash for an S500 AMG but drives a Prius for the mileage, there are 100 million people who finance a car they can't really afford. The same applies to school - How many...
There's a perception of people on the street that private equity is the cream of the crop. The hours, the pay, the beloved carry, the work itself - is it all greener grass syndrome? Not quite, private equity is pretty awesome by most standards; that's why becoming a private equity...
Dances With Newfoundland
Recently, as I contemplate my life in this soulless dystopian tech city, I cannot help but fantasize about Chicago and how awesome that city really is. So underrated. The only true negative is the winters. Consider the following: 1. Very cheap for a major city, especially rent. There are...
About a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> offer (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/20-company-interviews-laterno-ft-offer-looking-for-advice">20 Company Interviews Later...No <abbr...
**Most Prestigious Cities:** Gods of Prestige: New York, Hong Kong, London Very Prestigious: Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore, Zurich, Frankfurt Prestigious: Charlotte, Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston Meh: Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia F*ck Your Life:...
Disclaimer: I've made a throwaway account due to the crippling embarrassment of what just happened to me and my fear of being connected to this in anyway. I'm <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs"...
Still jet-lagged by 8 hours from a day and a half in London, I haven't slept for a good 48 hours and remembered I owe <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> my process for dissecting a <span class='keyword_link'><a...
List some of the funniest phrases your MDs have used Ex: "spin your wheels" "bat this around internally"
My dad and mom, who are poor, but sacrificed a lot for me (working 2 jobs, working on weekends, etc.), I'm sending them off to a nice long vacation, all paid by me. What have you guys done for your parents, just out of curiosity? Also paid off all of their debt they had (under 5k). Seems...
Monkeys, Wanted to share with you this story that happened at my company. Happened on a different team than I'm in in, but in the same building. Kid starts out in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back...
This is a long winded post and is tailored to people looking to get a good look into <abbr title="financial institutions group">FIG</abbr>. We're unsure if there is demand for content like this but... 1) if you guys are interested in <abbr title="financial...
As much as Donald Trump? In the last week we've seen proposed plans come out of the white house that: Gut medicaid and limit access to low cost private insurance Cut low income housing programs Cut low income food programs Cut after school and summer programs primarily attended by...
<h3>Disclaimer</h3> This post isn't meant to be a salty venting, but more of a sharing some of my self-realizations from the past year on things that I wish I had fully understood 12 months ago. “Congrats on closing your deal!” “You were a rockstar on this one –...
<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-summer-analyst-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> Summer Analyst recruiting megathread here</a> <strong>Updates:...
I just got offered a J.P. Morgan - Video Interview. What should I expect? This is what was stated in the email. "As mentioned previously, we would like to give you the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and invite you to record video responses to 3 questions." Please let me...
It’s been a slow day at work, so I decided to do something useful and type up this thread with some basic networking tips. I went into my background in detail in <a href=”//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/lateraling-guide”>my lateraling guide</a>, but basically I went to a...
11 Things Employers Tell Interviewees and What They Really Mean <h4>1. "We Have a Very Flat Hierarchy":</h4> We have a few VPs that take home all of the carry and three dozen Analysts grinding out all of our legwork because it's cheaper. All you little shits are...
I've been an observer on this site for a few years. In my mid-40s but use the site to keep current on how younger guys look at the business, career expectations, etc. Thought I'd do this AMA in order to pass on what I've learned (though it's your call as to how much you...
Hey boys, I'm in a bit of a pickle here at work and I need some opinions on how much shit I'm realistically in. For context, I am a top-performing second year analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Howdy folks, this market has me bored to tears [edit: I'm truthfully also just having a harder time getting a read on conditions than at any point in my career, so that is prompting both frustration and introspection], and just for work-unrelated reasons, I have a bit more free time on my...
The Real Slim Shady
Hello my fellow Monkeys, Although I've been stalking this forum for a year and a half, I didn't have the courage to officially join until recently. I'm currently in my second internship with <abbr title="JP Morgan">JPM</abbr> and have some down time after...
Patrick surprised me by getting a site feature implemented within 36 hours of its suggestion (context [here](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-wso-serving-its-purpose-still?page=0#comment-1644284)). I want to test out the new feature where only Certified Users can respond, so I took a...
Who saw the interview with Kellyanne Conway on Meet the Press this morning where she outlined the "alternative facts" the press secretary was offering yesterday about the about the size of the crowd at the inauguration on Friday? Truly bizarre that White House representatives are...
Pretty self-explanatory: just looking for traits/habits/characteristics of interns that really piss you off and might preclude them from getting a <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> offer.
<em>Mod Note (Andy): <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/burnout-life-choices#comment-1707407">make sure to see the top comment below</a> by user APAE</em> All, Created a burner account here to talk about burnout and life choices. For...
Investment Bankers have a secret way of communicating with one another. Whether it's a discreet nod or those matching Ferragamo shoes/ties, bankers have a fraternal pact with one another that everyone outside the industry just wouldn't understand. However, you'll soon realize...
You think I’m f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> in many aspects, which is arguably filled with very ambitious and...
So this email has been making the rounds all day and it was sent by an <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> Moelis Staffer to all the analysts at the office after finding out that many of them weren't in the office at 2AM. Each number listed was crossed out to...
I'm curious to see how other WSOer's job search for <abbr title="commercial real estate">CRE</abbr> is going. Are people seeing a lot of success or struggling?
Wall Street Mentors
<em>Mod Note (Andy): Bumped this back up from winter 2010 and it is still useful, but <strong>even more companies and banks are listed in the <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database"><abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>...
First, shout out to @phantombanker" for his original work "How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours" which I attempted to pay homage to with the post title. ### Introduction **Re: This Post** This post applies mostly to the Quant...
Lol definitely want to hear what some of you have to say about this. I'm sure there are some good stories out there.
Enough coddling: by definition some people are the bottom 15%. For those of you who don't have the self-awareness to recognize you aren't cutting it, here are the signs (real life examples). If you do any of the following, I shouldn't have to explain to you why you are a bottom...
I've found finance to be completely unbearable. The pay and career development is excellent but the level of work, expectations, and lack of control over your life is not worth any amount of pay. Senior employees have no guts or real business skills, or they would have gotten the hell...
<em>This comment was a response to the @ContemplatingBanker"'s post on <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-deal-with-the-hours">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this "one...
It seems that to get into investment banking, you must: - apply early - have been to a target school - in order to get into the target school, excel in high school, have money and you must know which schools are targets for investment banking It seems like that in order to tick off all...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted in June 2012</em> So the interns are out in full force. Hoards of them. (Before I get into this-- I have no idea why they are called "SA's" these days- they will always be interns to me.) I...
I cant find much in the way of compensation for real estate other then the summary page from the HR consultant that is floating around here, so I thought maybe people will be willing to describe what they do, their market, and what their compensation looks like. Industry: Real Estate...
One of the things <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> has shown me is to not always judge a book by its cover -- some of you have some real interesting things that happened to you. That said, what are some of the most strangest things that have happened to you while...
Dear Fellow Monkeys, Just wanted advice on how to solve this issue. I've been tasked many personal/assistant matters like today, getting pulled to a meeting just to bring olive oil possibly for their lunch and I'm aware of what an analyst job might entail a lot of times. I've...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): 8/16/18 - Updates continue to roll in, make sure to check <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2019-ft-analyst-recruiting-timeline?page=1">page two</a> for the must up to date information.</em> Haven't seen a thread on...
Hello <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I have been a long time lurker, and this is my first post (or maybe I am one of the top rated authors who decided to make a post anonymously). I have noticed a certain lack of information about infrastructure investing on...
Disclaimer: I abhor both candidates who captivated the nation Tuesday evening as their bizarre and disgusting efforts over the past year that made our country look like a flaming pile of shit in a paper bag, desperate to be stamped out, reached their ultimate climax. I wrote recently about both...
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I'm 25, and I feel like I have hardly any money saved. I'm looking at going to b-school soon, and will definitely have to take out loans. I don't think that's surprising, but it just got me thinking about how much is normal to have accumulated at this point in my...
Is it just me or is it cringeworthy when someone lists experiences such as "Pizza Hut Delivery Guy" on their LinkedIn profile? Or how about that person that has 6 languages on their profile 4 of them being listed down as "Elementary Proficiency". Or those profiles that have...
Ouch... prestige attempts done the wrong way AND caught no less! Prosecutors filed charges against 33 parents, accused of paying between $200,000 and $6.5 million to get their children into elite universities. Those indicted include actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman [actress and...
Longtime reader here, left the biz in 2012. I thought I'd give back and post some good advice that was shared with me by an older mentor when I was younger. Learn it. Use it. Live it. Hope you find it helpful. <h3>15 CAREER STEPS</h3> 1.) Perception is everything...act as...
I’m in a corporate politics situation, which is an arena I’m not very experienced in, and am coming to you for advice. Please keep replies relevant to the topic at hand and not just calling me a bad person and whatnot. If you’re one of those “gung ho off to work we go” people who...
More geared towards the guys who are out of college and actually working full time, especially those in their 20s. For the guys in here who don't have a girlfriend/wife, what are you doing with your lives outside of work?
<img src="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/files/ib_resume_title_0.png" alt="Investment Banking Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example" /> <p><b>Attached to the bottom of this post, you will find the Wall Street Oasis Investment Banking Resume Template...
What’s the worst candidate you’ve seen get hired for an <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> analyst role? For instance, have you ever seen someone with like a 2.5 gpa in kinesiology but had solid connections or something get hired
Financial planners, mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-an-exchange-traded-fund-ETF"><abbr title="exchange traded fund">ETF</abbr></a></span> managers, and even Warren Buffet all say the...
Monkeys, one of the best aspects about this community is that people talk about their stories and opinions in a candid way. I was reading this [article](https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/millennials-with-rich-parents/398501/?utm_source=atlfb) which said that millennials...
I was motivated to make this thread after reading a lot of the other threads in this forum, about why certain top analysts are still on the sell-side. It appears that almost everyone who doesn't work on the buy-side or sell-side, or even a remotely close front office position fails to...
Dances With Newfoundland
As an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> graduate from a top program currently working at a FAANG tech firm, I have to get this off my chest. Tech has been super hot at <abbr title="Masters in Business...
Surely I'm not the only one here who watches Tucker... Did anyone else see the girl he had on who was an illegal immigrant who became a VP at GS? <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZjR3xLN6IyA" frameborder="0"...
I remember back when I was still a student, being intimidated by the idea of having to form "models" - despite my undergrad being in physics. It turns out in finance, "modelling" just means dividing one excel cell by another, saying "yeah sure, that growth will...
If you haven't seen it yet, a picture has gone viral of someone humping the "fearless girl" statue that faces the Wall Street Charging Bull. According to a Huffington Post <a...
Bernie L Madoff
Examples: -"We have great team culture" -> they are neutral with each other -"Facetime is not required" -> but they'll call you out if you don't show up -"We love you / We want you to come in immediately" -> they actually can't f***king...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/11/13 and is great information for those thinking about which types of banks to apply to for <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> and <abbr title="summer analyst...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): "WSO Best of 2013" - this was originally posted Aug 1st.</em> So summer is winding to a close and recruiting season is rapidly approaching. Monkeys will be dusting off their resumes with the hopes of securing <abbr title="investment...
So I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. ### The Non-Target School Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We...
I compiled this post because I've received several questions aroud this topic in private messages and I thought it may be helpful to discuss my experience with a wider audience. I would like to caveat all of the information in this really long post below by saying that these are all broad...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/30/10. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going around...
There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: <ol> <li>Commercial Banking </li> <li>corporate finance</li> <li>Financial Planning </li> <li>Hedge Funds </li> <li>Insurance </li> ...