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Are MM and big4 FDD exit ops about the same?

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What's the worst part about FDD? Volatility? Bad data? Something else?

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What would FDD M1 comp be in Chicago at a mid-tier or b4 firm? Currently looking to make a move to the Midwest.

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FDD- We provide consulting services related to utilizing our accounting and finance expertise gained in assurance to provide value to clients looking to acquire or divest businesses. Change my mind

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For those working/who have worked in FDD at a Big 4, what are hours usually like? Specifically looking at PwC in a tier 2 city. Are you working late nights and regularly expensing meals and stuff (clo… more

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Given the turnover at A&M is so low, how does that impact career progression and promotion

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What are the exit opportunities like for business valuations? Recently transferred from assurance and have CPA.

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Anyone able to get into TAS right out of university and lateral to IB as an analyst? Curious on the timeline and how long I should plan to stay in TAS.

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What’s the most simple way to describe the work you do in TAS to people? I feel it’s a bit much to call myself an M&A consultant but it’s too underwhelming to call myself an accountant... but some… more

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What types of analysis specially do people do in deliver deal value?

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SaT Tax Senior/Manager/SM comp? Base plus bonus (pre Covid ) HCOL

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Are there any medium- to large-scale FDD firms that allow people to work 100% remote (except travel to target)?

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FDD bonus at FTI?

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Does TAS at A&M seem kind of like a boys club? Asking as a female considering applying.

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How many times is too frequent when you speak to your coach / team about manager promotions?

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If anyone is looking for a TAS senior or manager role in a middle market firm, please private message me for more details. Currently hiring in Dallas, New York, Charlotte, DC, Atlanta and Tampa!

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Is there a difference in the general range for annual bonus %s across the Big 4? Or are all 4 consistent?

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Is FDD at A&M a good team to join? how is the culture? turnover?

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What are bonuses like in the tax groups at the associate and senior associate levels at Alvarez and FTI?

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Currently working in audit and considering applying for FDD/TAS roles after busy season. I’d have 1.5 years of experience and on track for senior promotion in the summer. Would I have a shot at senior… more

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Thinking of transferring. Thoughts on FDD b4 transaction services vs. Management Consulting?

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Bowls to network in for investment banking

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People that were previously externally hired as S3 into FDD from audit, how long did it take you to get promoted by your firm to manager. What were hurdles you had to face outside of getting caught up… more

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Can I get your perspective if it is too early for me to jump? Started with two summer internships at the same company. Then I did an 8 month internship, followed by 1 year full time at PwC. Then I mov… more

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Any insight on FDD internship at PwC? How hard is it to move to Big 4 Corporate Finance/any MM or BB IB from there? Is there usually overtime over the summer? When joining full time do you have to do … more

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Is it common to see people exit FDD to work for PE deal teams?

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How does FTI compare to the Big 4 and others in terms of pay, career progression, culture, etc.? I know A&M is probably top for comp. This is for FDD or Lender Due Diligence.

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Would you say it would help to learn SQL or Python when transferring to FDD from audit? If so, which one would you recommend? SQL vs Python vs other?

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FDD folks, what’s the normal OT policy for your firm? In audit we had OT meals after 8 or 10 hours of working (ignoring busy season dinners). What’s it like pre-covid for advisory lines?

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Currently in valuation, got offers from google finance and a infamous private company’s Corp Dev. Advice on which one is better?

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What is a B4 FDD external hire manager with prior deal experience making nowadays in a HCOL?

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Any senior in FDD feel like we’re basically offshore resources (i.e. India, etc.). I feel like I do more data crunching and formatting (80% of the time) than actual analysis. Is this normal

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What are the expectation differences for going from senior to manager in FDD?

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Has anyone heard about VMH Health’s new FDD group in Dallas?

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Are bonuses in EY in FDD really 0-6%? That’s actually abysmal... my bonus is higher in PwC audit than EY deals. Since bonuses were canceled this year, do you think FY21/22 will be higher?

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What would be some excel skills I need to practice going from audit to FDD?

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For nationally staffed FDD groups (mostly working with teammates in various offices), how common was WFH pre-covid and would you expect it to be more common once offices re-open?

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Whats A&M TT/M&A Tax group culture? Do they have a Washington national tax group? For those in FDD that have B4 experience at A&M how do compare you tax colleagues at A&M vs B4?

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What’s valuation work like?

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Is it possible to get into FDD if you just started big 4 audit?

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