[quote]This is the kind of <abbr title="balance sheet">BS</abbr> that MDs absolutely LOVE to tell themselves: "I am hardworking and tough, sure, but I'm also really fair and I let people have lives when they tell me about it. This would never be my...
Target school, 3.5+ GPA, relevant experience (really good <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> gig at an <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> firm) but still unemployed for <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr>. I...
I started skimming the <abbr title="New York ">NY</abbr> Post irregularly after I heard the Mulaney bit on it ("the New York Post is like talking to someone who heard the news, and now they’re trying to give you the gist"), and I saw an **AMAZING** article today...
Evening Monkeys, @Eddie Braverman" [recently posted](http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/use-thanksgiving-to-set-2017-goals) how he uses the Thanksgiving weekend to set his goals and provided the community with a few tools for categorizing, qualifying and actualizing annual...
I'm probably one of the few people on here that has done both <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview"><abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> and <abbr title="equity...
From all-star banker Frank Quattrone, buyout magnate Henry Kravis, to hedge fund legend Steve Cohen - there are always people we aspire to be or in the least look up to. If you had the chance to choose ANY big names to work directly for, who would it be and why?
In a recent class discussion, we shared which companies we would like to work at upon graduation, and the reasons for choosing these companies. Common answers for respectable companies were Google, Apple, Spotify, and Deloitte. My favorite is probably Google, because of they way it treats its...
<img src="/files/styles/w800/public/inline/images/lotr.jpg?itok=P86qtEcR" alt="" /> Some unique insight into the buyside vs. sellside and the hunt for eternal glory. I've had an interesting few years that has led to experience on both sides of the table. Given...
Dances With Newfoundland
Ok folks. This is Trump scandal #99447. Oh hell, I've lost count of the number of times people have gone hysterical over Trump's comments. Here are my thoughts on this. 1. Trump is a vulgar man with no filter. It's just who he is. Having said that, Presidents say a lot of...
Hey guys, it's time for the sequel to last year's popular thread. This thread is primarily focused towards those APDs/ADCs (PhD/JD/MD) applying for full-time positions to MBB. While MBB seems to have a monopoly on the ADC application process, we can also use this thread to share...
Nowadays there seems to be this overall hatred amongst the majority of people (more so millennials) for people who are in frats and for people who dress 'preppy'. A lot of people seem to look down upon those in fraternities and make generalizations about those in frats such as being:...
I knew this guy who was obsessed with Taylor Swift. He had 2 premium memberships to her fan club, always gets front row tickets, and I'm pretty sure he has the most Taylor stuff I have ever seen. Got any co-workers who are obsessed with something that's just weird or is their...
Can anyone speak to what it's like working at a Hines/Tishman/Related in a flagship office (NY/LA)? Somewhat curious about comp, hours, culture and all that, but far more interested in the actual quality of the work and what the impact is on your career. As an analyst at one of these...
Most of the big banks are in New York and Glassdoor has their salary between $100-$150k first year. $150k is like $60-$70K In Texas dollars.
This is the reaction any analyst who has ever worked in banking has when you say you want to leave banking for business school then come back as a post b school associate... <img src="http://epicpinterestfail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/how-i-met-your-mother-barney-why.gif"...
As a Senior HS student looking ahead not just 5 years from now but 15 years down the road, it scares me. I've been always interested in studying finance/business for my undergrad. Seeing the stagnating finance industry and the increase in automation (or atleast intentions to do so), I am...
<h3>Timeline:</h3> In 2005 my mother passed away unexpectedly. In 2008 my family’s house was foreclosed on and I was told I would need to support myself through college. I was 17 at the time and already unstable due to the emotional trauma of my mother’s death. In 2009 I...
This week's report is a continuation of <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-2-hitting-the-desk">"Week 2: Hitting the Desk"</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-1-training...
<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Given the...
Do any of you cry if your MD/PM yelled at you for screwing up, or coming late, etc.? Or simply feeling irritated by your MD/co workers who speak in a stern voice? How do you stop taking all of this personally, and realize that all that matters at the end of the day is money?
I've been reading <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> for years and it helped me out immensely when I was trying to figure out the best route to take in order to achieve my goals. Now it's time to try and return some of that value, so here goes....
Starting a thread for mid-career finance professionals. Where did you guys go after banking? I ended up in <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> myself, but man, it's hard. Seems <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> is all about the...
Wondering about this. Is it just the prestige/pay? Seems like your experience would be quite limited at megafunds (type of work similar to banking, just modelling focused). Why don't more people pursue <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> -- especially if it is less...
Graduated in December, moved back to my parents' because I'm a worthless human being. Have applied to ~500 jobs, have had 10 phone interviews, 1 in-person interview. Have contacted ~80 alumni, barely any responses. Day after day, its the same fucking thing. Sending my...
What bad habits (besides lack of sleep) have you all developed since you started at a bank? For example, I started biting my nails after a month on the job but had never bit them before and a friend began to mumble random finance terms in her sleep.
This is an actual question I got and completely f'd up the answer... How would you go about answering this question? It seems like a lose lose scenario. If you answer it seriously, by explaining your high GPA/relevant experience then its a really boring answer and you might even come...
According to a [recent WSJ/NBC survey](https://www.wsj.com/articles/americans-losing-faith-in-college-degrees-poll-finds-1504776601), a staggering estimate of 47% young Americans feel that a college degree is not worth it compared to a 49% who do. *That* is a pretty close divide which is...
I've received a lot of emails from members asking for advice on how they can have a great career. Before I get into that, let me give you my back story so you know where I am coming from: I came from an Emerging Market country, I didn't speak english very well when I arrived in the US...
In the last 60 days I've seen so many deals fall out. Not just mine but other brokers across several asset classes. Buyers are hyper critical of everything. Sellers still want crazy money...Apartment investors selling at 4 caps and trying to buy retail at a 6. They see the end in...
I recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I gathered and wished people had told me when I went through the process. I also have several friends who also went through this...
In today's social media dominated world, we only see edited versions of reality. Most likely, this is a result of human nature (the tendency for human beings to want to show off/be admired) and the apps themselves. After all, who wants to follow or watch someone who posts pictures of...
I am currently in the process of applying for <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> related internships and I have a feeling I'm not going to make the cut. You know how sometimes you dance with the hottest girl in the club but you KNOW she's not going home...
I had a friend who used to worked with a few people from Tobin tell me that analysts at Tobin don't get paid unless they're there while a deal is closed. In that case, they'll receive a bonus/stipend or something like that. Does anyone know if this is true??? I'<span...
Does anybody play any games for the Xbox 1 or the PS4? Does anyone play any shooting games, fighting games, racing games etc
"Five years from now..." is a pretty good benchmark for the half-life of most business or career-related arcs (okay, maybe 5-10 years, depending on the career or industry). As an undergrad or fresh grad, of course your undergrad matters - to you, to your peers, to recruiters, to...
After seeing the reception a recent [comment](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ibd-and-fitness) received, I chose to make this its own thread with the hope of reaching more people. Fitness is an incredibly important thing in life, both the elements of it you can see and those that you...
Hey all, This is really bugging me. Recently <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/tag/superday">had a superday</a></span> with the regional office of an <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Monkeys, there is usually so much of noise about Wall Street and New York due to both history and the number of opportunities present. I was thinking about what it is to be a finance guy in other cities. Though people working in the financial services are not supposed to crib about work-life...
In Part 2 of Gekko’s Guidance, I’m going to cover <abbr title="Sales and Trading">S&T</abbr> interview prep (also can be used for Research). Part 1 of <a...
Hey y'all, I am just wondering if this has like happened to anyone else before. I was interviewing at a F500 the other day, and halfway through my 6 mini interviews I was interrupted by the HR head telling me the interview was done and for me to exit the building. It was pretty...
So applications are up! You dont have to reveal actual interview questions. Just wanted to know how you're experience was for 2016 class. As for me, the interviewer seemed more like a gatekeeper from an admission staff. Its like I had the criteria for an interview, but since I came from a...
So Elon Musk tweeted a series of erratic comments stating that he is considering taking Tesla private at $420 per share, which represents a 23% premium on Monday's closing price of ~$340. As a result the stock shot up, reports were the tweets might be fake, volatility is ridiculous, and now...
I wanted to tell my story on this forum - as <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> has been the sole reason which helped me learn about the industry and how to break in. I am from downstate New York, born and raised. I was a poor student in high school, so much so I...
Deal Team Six
Obviously this depends greatly on an over the phone vs. in-person, but what does your process consist of? I have taken this opportunity to describe my phone interview strategy: I hardly ever sleep the night before, because who knows, I may never get this opportunity again. I wake up groggy as...
Good morning, I am posting my success story for a few reasons. First, to (hopefully) inspire someone in a situation that I was in. And second, to thank members of high finance and this website specifically. I will try to keep this as brief as...
<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/6/14 and ranks #9 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...
I've found that having a routine and doing certain things have made me much happier and more productive at work. It could be anything, for example things I do that I think would benefit everyone are: read, work out, listen to podcasts instead of music and journal. I'm trying to...
Hey there wolves. I recently set a goal for myself to be have a million dollars sitting in my savings account before mid-age crisis blows me across the face like a metal baseball bat. If there's any of you young bucks out there on the street with a similar goal. Matter of fact, if...
Hi monkeys, so today is my last day at my internship and when I got to the office, my boss left me an entire plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies as well as a gift card on my desk. Wasn't expecting anything like this and she didn't really have to do this. So the title is pretty...
Has anyone applied to BlackRock to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not sure what to expect so if anyone has completed it and could tell me what questions were on it that would be great! I'm not sure whether to expect to submit one...
Kind-of insane how fast equities sell off. I presume it's mainly from the algorithmic machines that dump massive amounts of volume all at once. The DOW opened insanely how but sold-off very fast afternoon. I have no hope in these markets anymore. Now, everyone is running around chasing all...
Every day there are numerous posts from undergrads or recent grads with nearly identical topics - “Do I have a chance at landing an XYZ entry-level position at ABC”. Posts like these, where all they seek is validation from <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>...
Hello everyone, I am a freshman attending Dartmouth - majoring in economics. I am focusing my future on finance, whether it be working at a hedge fund or private equity. But I've read and have been told a few times that I won't be able to make it in the industry because of my...
I'm confused. I used to post on here a couple of years ago, most of what I posted was bullsh*t. The truth is I was in my final year at university, I'd just done an internship, wasn't sure how I felt about it as a prospective life, and I wanted to play banker on the internet to...
Gotta love it when you ask for an analysis and this is the response, “*I didn’t check my work, but here you go*.”
We have all been there, some d**k just pushes our buttons to the level where we consider knocking this dude out cold or just being a complete douche and making him regret his entire existence. What did you guys do? When were the times when some bumblefuck gave you the hardest time staying...
So tonight I was <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs">at a <abbr title="Goldman Sachs">GS</abbr></a></span> info session, and a student asked verbatim "what can you tell me about the work/life balance...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal of...
<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/29/14 and ranks #20 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...
My first big break was back in freshman year, I managed to cold call the head of investment banking at X bank. Managed to impress him enough to say he would help in pushing my resume for an interview for that year's internship. But never got the internship nor interview for the summers...
I’ve been seeing lots of grass is greener envy on WSO and thought I could offer perspective. <img src="/files/styles/w800/public/inline/images/tech_alternative_1.jpg?itok=Bp2G3yKy" alt="" /> ####For Context I was all set to join a hedge fund post graduation,...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #9 and was originally posted 11/22/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a...
Hey monkeys, I am a junior analyst who just landed a full time <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr> analyst role in the city. I asked for the feedback from my director and MD and they say 'All the job you have done is great, that's why we...
To IB or not to IB
Hey monkeys, Just like the title says, [are rich people ruining America?](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/opinion/how-we-are-ruining-america.html) The article claims that the future potential of the children of low-income Americans are being diminished by upper-middle-class...
Here the new topic for this year McKinsey Insight, Bain Advantage and bridge2BCG, Connect to ClearView, Path to Putnam and Clarion PROPEL status updates for advanced degree candidates. Please feel free to post updates!
Hey <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr>, Since this site has been instrumental in helping me break into Consulting from a non-target, I wanted to share my experience with the community. Hopefully this post will be helpful to someone else looking to break in to...
So for the past several days, I've been getting DMs from the website moderators that my posts have been removed. Can I ask why you all are so angry? I've had so much MS thrown my way, it probably triggered some sort of red-flag. Lol like seriously - every other day, there's some...
I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...
I’ve dealt with both internal corporate recruiters and external (headhunters) and I continue to be amazed at how awful they are as a rule. I applied to a super regional bank, a recruiter reached out with some questions and stated that after I filled it out they’d reach out to set up a...
<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/22/14 and ranks #14 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...
[quote] Fee <abbr title="fixed income ">fi</abbr> <abbr title="front office ">fo</abbr> fum I seek the site of a new HQ Bringing jobs and scouting talent I'll make retailers know they're dead -Appley [/quote] Jeff...
Interested to hear what <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> thinks of this. I am in two minds with this one, Its a tough one and in general you can't dare to question the validity of some government scientists
Happiness to each person obviously can mean different things, but for me I would say one of the happiest moments of my life was when I went hiking in Yosemite with my family up to Vernal Falls. We sat on the side of the riverbank, drenched from the climb, and eating bagels with cream cheese. (We...
Hey everyone! I just finished a first round interview with <abbr title="Goldman Sachs">GS</abbr> through hirevue, does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? It's hard to tell how I did but will <abbr title="Goldman Sachs">GS</abbr> still...
With no further ado, from most to least douchey... **The SEC Frat God:** Perhaps the most identifiable of all the non-target Analysts, mostly because he looks like the exact opposite of everyone else around him. Instead of the gelled slick-back, he's rocking a poorly trimmed Frat Mop...
As I have not seen a discussion of this topic, I thought it would be a good idea to start one. With the application opening next week, can anyone provide insight into the past few years process? Feel free to discuss any and all topics related to the 2020 <abbr title="summer analyst...
I'm currently a first year <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> student at a top finance <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> program (Booth, Wharton, CBS, etc.) and was unsuccessful during the...
As we welcome the 2017 Analyst Class, I have some knowledge sharing for the incoming monkeys. <h3>Suits come in three different constructions:</h3> 1) Fully Canvassed 2) Half Canvassed 3) Fused __________________ <h3>What's the...
<p>I was listening to <a href="http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2017/01/theres_a_hole_i.html#more">EconTalk</a> the other day and Mike Munger from Duke University was on talking about Universal Basic Income. I happen to believe that UBI will become a necessity in the...
Fellow monkeys, Online probably isn't the best place to seek for advice but would like an external perspective regardless. Some background: HYP undergrad, and a current 1st year associate at a <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> Financial Sponsors Group in...
Not too long ago, I was an undergrad. Reaching out to people that I have never met. Praying and hoping that they would perhaps read my Linkedin message and respond. In this process, I learned what rejection felt like but also met a ton of people across the different segments of finance and was...
1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them. 2. Stop talking about where you went to college. 3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. 4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck. 5. It’s okay to trade the possibility of your 80s...
I was having a conversation with my 6th grader the other day and almost gave my wife an aneurism. We were casually discussing school when the subject of one of his pals came up. This kid used to be a real paste-eater, and I'd be lying if I said I don't enjoy a little schadenfreude at...
Article just hit last night...Baly cutting 13 stock teams (~40 investment professionals) plus a bunch of back office to be cut by end of year. Oct was really bad for hedge funds, Nov has been an official **bloodbath**. MLP, Citadel, Baly all getting hit hard. Garden leaves vary by firm, but...
I recently went for a <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide-to-finance-interviews">finance interview</a> at a smaller shop. The interviewer asked me to tell him a joke. I blanked. I ended up saying: A man walks into library and approaches the librarian. The librarian...
Good afternoon monkeys. As much of this site must work in <abbr title="New York City ">NYC</abbr> or used to work in <abbr title="New York City ">NYC</abbr>, what are some of the wildest things you've seen go down in the city?
Whatever you want in life, you’re going to have to ask for it. It doesn’t matter if you desire to excel in your career or to live on the beach—[I’ve done both](http://geoffblades.com/greatest-achievement-goldman-sachs-vp-quitting/)—you’re going to need other people’s help. A...
Thank you to everyone on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> for giving me the tools and courage to pursue this huge career change. After 6 months of slowly decaying in a middle office role, I was finally able to land a <abbr title="front...
I see a lot of high school/college kids providing advice and "insight" into how firms place, how people should think about exit opps, what groups are best, etc. <h3>An Experienced Review of <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> Exit...
For years, the investment banking sector has prided itself on the idea that it is fiercely meritocratic. Those who work hard succeed, and those who don't get chucked out fast if they don't make the grade. Recent research, however, has shown that the industry is dominated by people...
I received a number of PMs asking for advice for analysts as to how to successfully position themselves for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/private-equity-interview-prep-questions"><abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>...
Hi folks - I've been active on here for quite some time and thought I'd give back by sharing a bit of my background and providing some advice for those of us on the 'second chance' track. I left my first degree (top 50 undergrad) with a sub 2.0 GPA after 2 years (family...
What is everyone's top stock pick to start off the new year? Explanation preferred if you throw up some no name or controversial stock. Once the year is coming to a close we could look back and see whose pick is doing the best and whose is absolute shit. As there has been a lot of...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-an-ex-ib-md-anything">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> Someone asked me last week about all...
Hey! I haven't seen a megathread for <abbr title="Bank of America Merrill Lynch">BAML</abbr> 2019 <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> yet, so here it is. <abbr title="Bank of America Merrill Lynch">BAML</abbr>...
<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr>, it is time to talk. The new trend around here lately has been to post about how badly you hate your job (specifically in iBanking) and then act like a genius when you decide you want to leave. This needs to stop. It is not a...
i resent my tiger, helicopter asian parents. they were basically amy chua. i had no fucking life growing up. no video games. barely any friends. no TV. all i did was school, academics, etc., after school academics, violin, etc. fucking horseshit. all my parents cared about was GPA, how well I...
This is a different account that I just made. I made this to avoid using my main account, as I'm well respected, I think? But.. I'm at the point where I just don't want to live anymore. I recently got laid off as a prop trader.. Fuck trading, family, friends, bills, child support...
Basically a rehash of the same thread from this time last year. Got some pretty great feedback last year so figured i'd put it out there again, what does everyone want this year?