My Experience on Consulting Projects as an Analyst

At the analyst level at SVM, the focus is on using your problem-solving skills and adapting corporate finance theory to various client projects. There’s a steep learning curve for incoming analysts regardless of coursework taken at the undergraduate level. Hard work, patience, and the ability to absorb information are necessary characteristics for analysts. Management consultants work on a variety of projects, differing in objectives and time frame. Aside from building-the-firm activities, I have worked on projects related to corporate finance, incentive compensation, M&A, and capital allocation, for mid- to large-cap companies in the US and Caribbean. In general, projects can last anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year. It’s exciting to work on different types of projects because it allows you to sharpen different skill sets and helps you ultimately become a well-rounded advisor.

Analysts are typically called the “analytical engines” of project teams, and they work with guidance from other teammates. During my time at SVM, I have conducted research using equity analyst reports, public corporate filings, and interviews with subject-matter experts to identify key industry trends on value creation. I have also built financial models in Excel to develop key insights and recommendations, and helped create executive presentations for clients.

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Why I Chose to Work at Stern Value Management after Graduation

My name is Jack, and I’m rounding out my 13th month at SVM as an analyst. It’s been an interesting first year at work. Looking back, I can safely say that I’ve met many of my initial job expectations while working here.

Back to the Past

Prior to devoting my blood, sweat, and tears to SVM, I was a student studying finance at New York University’s undergraduate business school. Prior to that, I did not know what finance was at all. Like your typical clueless freshman, I eagerly absorbed whatever my more finance-orientated classmates said. And the consensus career to shoot for at an undergraduate business school? Investment banking. Now, I had no idea what exactly investment banking entailed at the time, much less what a junior analyst’s responsibilities were. I simply went through college familiarizing myself with financial concepts in order to blindly shoot for that coveted Golden Fleece.
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Introducing the #JoinSVM Blog

During our recruiting process for new consultants at all levels – undergrad students, MBA students, and experienced professionals – we fairly often hear (paraphrased): “Wow I’m impressed by SVM as a consulting firm, but there’s not too much information about SVM as a workplace online!” So #JoinSVM is our response to this demand, and we’re excited.

We have great messages to share with our prospective candidates and beyond! We pride ourselves on our firm’s culture. More importantly, SVM is a place where our management consultants work on exciting projects related to value creation. We work with clients in a variety of industries, of all sizes, in different parts of the world. We work with private and public sector companies, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, family-owned businesses. We work with clients in all industries, from oil and gas to financial services. We work on all continents of the world. The end result when you combine excellent culture and excellent opportunities: our people love to work here.