8 years of experience. In the final stages of a strategy lead role at a software company that sells back office technology to Financial Services firms. This role would report directly to the CEO and primarily be tasked with developing new businesses or ventures for the company.  ideation to commercialization.  What sort of comp should I be looking at? Previous role was a startup, so I’m not really sure of my market value. NYC-based.

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🐠 need your help - have a conversation with a CEO of a series A funded startup (50-100 employee). He reached out on LinkedIn to talk about a potential role. I have no insights into the role yet. From the broader company perspective, what kind of questions should I ask? First time talking to a startup CEO, so want to be asking relevant questions. Vision? Roadmap? Valuation?! Not sure. Thanks in advance.

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🐠 need your help - have a conversation with a CEO of a series A funded startup (50-100 employee). He reached out on LinkedIn to talk about a potential role. I have no insights into the role yet. From the broader company perspective, what kind of questions should I ask? First time talking to a startup CEO, so want to be asking relevant questions. Vision? Roadmap? Valuation?! Not sure. Thanks in advance.

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Interview next week for a fintech VP role (real VP reporting to CEO, not the fake traditional finance VP titles) and have no idea what target salary should be. Glassdoor is all over the place. Trying to crowdsource a reasonable number.

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Current profile - Associate at tier 2 looking for thoughts 1. Google - l4 - 220k, strategy and ops. Pros :WLB, brand name, culture, diversity, mobility, visible role, driven team cons: not so sure if work is really interesting, Junior on hierarchy. 2.fortune 5 -mgr - 250k Pros: high high visibility (team reports into ceo and board), very interestin work, highgrowth,apparently good exits, very small team currently growing though Cons: lack of culture, diversity, 12 hour days, lack of mobility

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I got contacted for a job offer for a Chief of Staff role in SF. Tech company that’s 18-24 months away from an IPO. Around 200 employees and well funded. More of a “strategic advisor to the CEO” role than “shadow” or “gatekeeper” role. Any insight on what I can expect in terms of salary / stock option plan? Thanks!

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I got contacted for a job offer for a Chief of Staff role in SF. Tech company that’s 18-24 months away from an IPO. Around 200 employees and well funded. More of a “strategic advisor to the CEO” role than “shadow” or “gatekeeper” role. Any insight on what I can expect in terms of salary / stock option plan? Thanks!

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I'm an in-house counsel at a national company. Our GC is leaving. I’m the only other in-house attorney, and I’ve only been here for 4 months. I like the job. Previously, I was a 6th-year associate. The CEO asked me to stay and implied a larger role, but doesn't have a clear picture of what that looks like. Asked for my help in redefining. Even unsure as to timing or whether we'll hire another GC. Questions for Fishbowl: (1) benefits or pitfalls? (2) questions or requests you'd have for CEO?

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What kinds of things are important to learn from the CEO and CFO of a public company when interviewing for an in-house role?

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Help! I left consulting for in house strategy and it’s the most boring thing ever! Has anyone taken a product manager role? I want to be much closer to impacting profit than to making pretty ceo slides

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I’m considering a position at a startup that has its initial seed funding. The role is vague but it’s generally along the lines of project and product manager with an expectation to be a jack of all trades. What I’m trying to figure out is what’s a fair TC package? Any thoughts? It’s out of NYC and is a mid-senior position working directly with the CEO.

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Interviewed for an exec position with a small company and in the convo with the CEO (whom I would be replacing), she said "you're very young and there seems to be an issue with young people and work ethic." How do you respond to this?

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Considering a chief of staff role for a BU ceo of a marketing tech company $1B+ valuation. Have previous leadership experience prior to consulting. Is a CoS role a good move as an exit? $300 CC + equity tbd fwiw.

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I know exiting the government to work in industry is a thing, but when the former SEC chair takes the CEO position at an alternative investment firm, there should be some questions asked.

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How to go about describing your ideal role? Meeting with the ceo/founder of a series A on Monday. Ideally I want to get involved in strategy/ops work

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Ceo fam, hello! 👋🏼 I’ve been invited to complete a written assessment for the TPM role at Amazon. Anyone attempted this recently? Any tips to successfully clear this round? If I pull through, I was told I will make it to the interview finally. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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How do I get to be a female boss? I have 12 years of experience in my field with the skills sets and degree to go with it. The VP role is open in my department and is the only movement up at this point. My CEO says I don’t have leadership experience. I plan on asking her to clarify that definition. I led projects, mentored the last 5 people who have been hired, managed volunteers, and supervised student workers (not all at the same job). I’ve had great reviews for the three years I’ve been there

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What would you call this role? - Lead product status reporting to CEO, manage issues, risks - Own Product Prioritization across 5 product lines -Manage product launch delivery execution from idea to production and ongoing maintenance -Manage relationship with key development vendor, peer to their companies head of delivery

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Have possible exits as a Chief of Staff at a SaaS startup (20M in funding) and as a Strategy Manager at a well known D2C company. Both pay ~125K, though the startup is remote and D2C is in NYC. Love the creative / fun culture of the D2C, and scared if I’ll measure up to the CEO’s expectations at the startup. I do wonder if the CoS position will demonstrate more growth. Thoughts?

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Anyone have thoughts on working at PE portco? Have an offer as a strategy & bizops associate at a company that is growing rapidly via acquisition. However, not sure where this would lead my career. Role reports directly to CEO and CFO, as I would basically be their handyman for integration and other ad hoc business needs. Ideally, I would like to leverage this experience to work for other PE portcos. Have 3.5 YOE.

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Anyone have thoughts on working at a PE portco? Have an offer as a strategy & bizops associate at a company that is growing rapidly through acquisition. However, I am not sure where this would lead me in my career. The role reports directly to CEO and CFO, as I would basically be their handyman for integration and other tasks. Any insight would be appreciated. Lastly, my YOE is 3.5, if that matters.

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I’m joining a newly developed corp strategy/new ventures team at a high growth tech company. Currently the leader of the group reports directly to the CEO. Underneath that individual will be a senior manager and a manager. I was offered the manager position. Before I accept my offer I would really like to speak with the senior manager. Would it be out of line for me to ask to speak with them before I accept my offer?  apparently they’re still negotiating with that individual.

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Would someone here be able to help think through exercising startup options? I’m currently partially vested at a Series C (soon to be D), and considering taking a new role at a seed stage (soon series A). Both companies are updating 409As now, and it sounds like early exercising at the seed stage company might be on the table. Current company is well-known, run by a famous CEO, has been around for a while, but isn’t profitable yet. I know that after 90 days ISOs turn into NSOs.

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Help - i lead a social media department. We’re growing and need to staff up. What should be my key hires outside of a social media manager? I would like to find someone who can help me build a business case for our brand to invest in Tik Tok for ex. My CEO responds to ROI and as a creative by trade, i don’t know how to do that well. Is it a deck? Are there numbers out there? This is a role I could hire but what’s the name of that role? Thanks!

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Jumped from biglaw pship to join ~$2B company <12 mo ago. Pitch was to come grow into GC role and have strategic seat at table. Quickly learned only opinion that matters is micromanaging CEO/controlling SH and rest of exec team kowtows to his desires as (even when wrong) plus general hostility for back office functions. Has killed long-term appeal of this gig. Trying to figure out next steps (stay a while, jump to another in-house gig, go back to private practice) and any advice appreciated.

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Would you leave as a senior associate to be in a director role at an energy company “chief is staff” reporting to CEO and CFO. Leading investor relations?

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Looking for advice. If my agency is hiring and would like to give preference to POC, but the CEO has been known to make racist comments...would you want to be told this by an interviewer? A sort of “enter at your own risk”? Everyone else at the agency is great, and we want to do the work to lift up POC. But the CEO is not going anywhere and will not change. We don’t want anyone to feel tricked or trapped in a toxic environment. Do we give up or give a warning? And how should we warn people?

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Another career advice related Q: currently in a leadership role with a strategic (bit early stage) entrepreneurial venture backed by a mega PE firm (could be CEO soon)...also being headhunted by T2 firm for an AP role (that pays more than MBB for same level)...thoughts?

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Can anyone provide insight into IA roles for credit unions and insurance companies? Been interviewing and I’m unsure. For the credit union, I would be the only IA as it’s a new role they’ve created - they haven’t had any IA’s in the past as the duties were shared between depts. I would report directly to CEO. For the insurance company. The department consists of 3 senior auditors and a manager. I would report to the manager. They both seemed to be slower paced than PA which is what I want.

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Had three interviews for a role at a startup and was scheduled for a final round with the CEO and hiring manager. The final round interviews were rescheduled once and now canceled due to calendar conflicts (always told the day of). I haven’t been told that I’m no longer being considered but is this a nail in the coffin?

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Our company got a new CEO (onboarded today). I had a great relationship with the ex-CEO (I report to the COO who reports to the CEO). Now I am finding that some of the less competent people, who were not in favor with the previous CEO, are trying to maneuver and position themselves well with the new boss and it seems to be working. I’ve never been good at maneuvering, been more the type to wait for my work to shine through. Cont.

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I have an interview with the CEO for an in house position which I found out will be in person. I am newly pregnant (issue in itself) what’s a good way to ask if there will be safety measures in place?

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Interviewing for a chief of staff role at a startup that’s raised about $14M so far. What should I look for when assessing if this is a good opportunity? Would work directly with CEO and expecting cash compensation of 100K and 0.25% of equity. Is the equity % low? CEO hopes to sell at 100M, meaning the equity would be valued at 60K a year (4 yrs), but this seems optimistic to me. 2 YOE for reference.

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Have been interviewing for a few months and have gotten mostly rejections so far. Now in the final stages with 2 companies... 1st is a FAANG where I have Individual contributor role at a senior level - 425 k tc (175 base + 250k rsu per year) and 2nd is a svp level role with large very well known tech consulting firm where I will report to ceo of my business unit with similar tc of 400k (325k plus 75k bonus.) I have 20 yoe. Which one would u choose if u r me.. assuming u get both offers?

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I was interviewing for a freelance job and asked about the creative director (small, new company). The CEO said they haven’t hired one yet and it took everything in my power to ask to be considered for that role. He wants to continue the convo tomorrow. I have 15 years of experience and have done the job of people and project manager and directed large content before. Without the title or salary! How can I prove to him that I can bring value and expertise to this role (besides from my portfolio)

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Just saw a Sr Partner move to CEO role directly, while obviously good for them, what motivates this instead of hiring from the ranks? Historically, how successful has it been?

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Curious what kind of exit ops I should look for if GL accounting doesn’t interest me at all. I was always wanting to shoot for CEO rather than CFO. Currently a new tax manager, but started my career as an auditor. I like my job other than the high hour peaks.

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Is it natural that most here seem to want to go down CEO route? I worked audit then fp&a and now consulting (cash flow, liquidity forecasting, business planning & turnaround) and wondering whether a more commercially focused (Group) Financial Controller role (in a PE backed buy and build strategy company) might make most sense next step wise especially if there is a route to FD then CFO eventually. Is no one interested in such opportunities?

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If one day you become CEO of a company, would you consider hiring management consultants knowing what you know now? Why or why not?

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I’ve been at FB as a client solutions partner for 2 months. I initially turned down startup earlier for FB but I’m not in love with my role at FB since I want to do product. Startup I initially rejected told me there’s an PM opening. They are aware ive been at F but I’ve told ceo in the past that I’m not happy since I want to do product which is why he reacted out. I want to do product long term - should I leave or stay at FB. TC is 140k vs 160k at FB. 2.5 YOE

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24. Just found out the cause of my chronic serious back pain is a bulging disc. Doc said these don’t go away and can only be “managed”. Should I just stop thinking about PE as an exit option?

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I’ve got ~2 YOE at a boutique consulting firm and ~2 YOE at a tier 2 consulting firm (OW, LEK, EYP, ATK). Any chance to enter MBB at a non entry level position, even though I’m only 1 role above entry level at my current firm?

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What kind of questions can I expect a partner to ask me during an interview for a manager's position?

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Has anyone interviewed with PwC for a Manager position recently? I've had 2 rounds (with a P and an MD) and just had a round 3 scheduled with another Partner. Seems very top heavy to me, but I'd like to get people's thoughts on the interview process. Thank you.

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If you message the hiring manager directly about a Role, what do you say? Recently did this and the HM basically responded saying the recruiting team will reach out to all applicants.

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BAH 🐠, I've got a friend interviewing for a LA position who wants to know if BAH does signing bonuses. She says comp hasn't come up yet, hence why she asked me to post here. The position is in the SIG in the DC area, if that makes a difference. Thanks!

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Is Deloitte hiring even with layoffs? Seeing a ton of Deloitte positions posted lately

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Opinion on most stressful role in an agency? Had this debate today with friends 🙃

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I was laid off from a resource management role, working with employees approaching or on the bench, working with managers to staff projects, and support functions like report creation, scheduling, etc. Roles like this are few and many large consulting firms have frozen internal hiring. Do you think it would be beneficial to get a SHRM cert? Would that help get a "talent related" HR role? Worth the money? I have a background in recruitment as well.

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I’ve had to record myself give a lesson for a position and let’s just say.... it was the HARDEST thing ever!! Is anyone else struggling with showing their true selves on camera?? I feel like I was a robot 😭

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Family office role, yay or nay?

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Hello! Anyone working on Kaiser’s Life Sciences consulting side (Kx) willing to chat? Currently working in the health space under an econ/consulting role with 2 YOE and am looking to make a lateral move to an Associate Consultant role (very niche and boutique role currently, want to explore career growth). Much appreciated!

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