OVERVIEW

Analysts at PJ SOLOMON are among the best and the brightest university graduates. A formal training program is offered to all financial analysts during the first month of their two year commitment. They work closely with clients and perform financial modeling and valuation analyses.

Because of our entrepreneurial nature, PJ SOLOMON encourages our analysts to assume increasing levels of responsibility commensurate with their progress. As a result, PJ SOLOMON believes our analysts develop important client and deal experience earlier than their peers at larger, more structured investment banking firms.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Analysts work in small deal teams with two or more senior members of the firm to analyze and execute a broad range of transactions. Assignments generally include: mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, strategic advisory, corporate restructurings, fairness opinions, and financings in the capital markets. As an Analyst, you will likely work across different industry groups at the firm. You are expected to assume significant responsibility as part of a deal team. As an analyst at our firm, you will likely have direct contact and interactions with the senior executives of our client companies. Some of the other tasks completed by Analysts include building financial models used for valuation, strategic advice, developing presentation materials, participating in client pitches, and completing company and industry research.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with excellent academic records, who have demonstrated leadership skills, will be welcome at our firm. We look for candidates with strong quantitative skills who are sticklers for detail, know how to prioritize in a fast paced environment, and are able to function well as a member of a small team. Analysts need a high degree of maturity, self-confidence and technical skills.

Analysts should have a strong academic track record demonstrating an ability to work hard and an enthusiasm for learning. Analysts should be very comfortable working with numbers and have strong communications skills necessary to work closely with clients.

DEVELOPMENT

As an analyst you will gain a number of new skills, such as doing a deep-dive on a company’s financial statements, evaluating companies, producing high-quality work product, and interacting with senior level executives. Exceptional analysts are invited to stay a third year where they will assume additional responsibilities. Additionally, after completing a third year in the analyst program, high performing analysts have been promoted to associate demonstrating that the analyst program is an important pipeline for new associates. For those analysts who look outside the firm, some have taken positions at private equity firms, hedge funds, corporate development jobs at large corporations, or gone on to top-tier graduate business school programs.

Analyst FAQs

1. What kind of deals will I work on?
" Analysts work on interesting deals, some small and some big. The firm does buy-side and sell-side assignments, and restructuring projects. Typically, over their two years analysts have opportunities to work on each type of assignment."

2. How much time will I spend working on pitches?
" First year analysts at PJ SOLOMON are more likely to work on live deals than they would be at a larger firm."

3. How much client contact will I have?
" A lot."
" Once analysts prove they are capable, the opportunity to interact with clients is better at PJ SOLOMON than anywhere else on Wall Street."

4. How much senior banker contact will I have?
" Continual."
" Analysts have significantly more senior banker contact than at larger firms."

5. How big is a typical team?
 " Two to four people."

Personal Questions

1. How much money can I make?
" Analysts are paid at the upper end of what other analysts across Wall Street typically make."

2. What will my hours be?
" Work weeks average 60 to 80 hours. There are times, however, when transactions necessitate working beyond 80 hours per week."

3. How much administrative work am I responsible for?
" There is plenty of administrative support." " Being at a smaller firm requires that everybody does more administrative work than they otherwise would at a large firm. This is all part of contributing to the overall success of the firm."

4. Will I have opportunities to pursue outside interests?
" Yes, but only if analysts are extremely flexible about it, meaning it is not a top priority and will be the first thing to go in a crunch."

5. How helpful is PJ SOLOMON with third year transitions?
" For the best performing analysts the firm will go to great lengths to help them meet their personal and professional goals."

6. How likely is it that I will be offered a position to stay for a third year?
" Analysts who demonstrate their capability and work ethic and who are viewed as potential role models for first year analysts will be offered third year opportunities."

7. Does the firm ever promote Analysts directly to Associate?
" While it is rare, analysts who perform at the highest levels, possess maturity and can articulate their long-term commitment to a career in investment banking will be offered promotions to the associate level."

8. Will I get into a good business school?
" The short answer is "yes". Analysts at our firm have been accepted at Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Tuck and Wharton."

9. How much vacation time will I get?
" Two weeks and two personal days per year."