Job Title: Associate Analyst
Business Group/Line: Municipal Fixed Income
Location: San Francisco, CA
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 12
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate major: Business Administration
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?
I interned at Wells Capital before graduating and it was a great introduction to the industry. I felt really comfortable with the environment at the firm and I really enjoyed working with the people from the company. I also thought about how Wells Fargo is such a huge firm with so many different opportunities and resources.

Three key reasons:
  • Interning with the company gave me a great introduction to the business.
  • I felt really comfortable with the people at the firm and the environment they created.
  • The many opportunities and career tracks you can choose at the firm.
Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
Yes absolutely. The bank has a great reputation for a variety of great training programs for graduates.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
Yes. The history of the bank and how it has become the company it is today. The organic growth combined with acquisitions and mergers. This is especially true at Wells Capital since we are a "multi-boutique" firm.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
Yes, at first I just thought of Wells as my Retail Bank but as I progressed in my year I found out there are a great deal of career paths one can choose here.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
The group is a great introduction to finance and investments. I like my team and everything I can learn from the professionally but I also like the people from my program. We've actually become good friends and everyone from the program seems to really get along.

What are your co-workers like?
They are a bit older than I am which is great because they can share their past experiences and I can learn a great deal from them. The age difference takes a bit to get use to but after awhile you don't think about it.

At Wells Fargo, we pride ourselves on the professional development opportunities we provide. Are you taking advantage of these resources? If so, what and how?
Yes. By participating in this program and the training it has to offer. I also took advantage of the sponsorship the company offers to take the CFA exams. The company helps you in paying for the test and the materials which is great support.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?

Three key actions they can take:
  • Take a good number of accounting, finance, and statistics courses.
  • Talk to people currently in the industry to get a better feel of what they do.
  • Join professional organizations to learn about different industries and how to prepare for recruiting for those jobs.
Do you feel like you have enough free time to pursue a life outside of work? What do you do with your free time?
Yes, I like my hours because they allow to leave earlier in the day as opposed to a 9-5 job. In my free time I like to go to sporting events (baseball, football, soccer games), go to the gym, read, hang out with friends, and enjoy all the little things San Francisco has to offer.

Day in the Life
This overview of a Team Member’s typical day on the job should give you an idea of what it’s like to work in this business group’s development program.
Day in the Life
7:00 a.m. - 10:00a.m.How does your day begin? What time do you get in? What’s the first thing you do?
I usually get in before 5:30 AM. On Mondays I sometimes need to get in before 5AM since its busy then. The first tasks I complete are getting Cash and Trades updates for the Portfolio Mangers, checking the news, and looking for new deals coming up.
10:00 a.m - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
I have a set of things that I always need to do but my mornings vary depending on the amount of work the Portfolio Managers have. Some mornings are light, so I can work on long term projects (like reviewing Credits) but other mornings can get hectic. Sometimes I am doing 3 things at once when I get 2 more tasks by the Portfolio Mangers. It is hectic but I manage my time and prioritize tasks to get the most important duties out of the way first. But this is one of the things I like about my job. It is very fast paced.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.The morning’s wrapping up – what does the rest of the day hold? Do you have time for lunch?
IBy this time of day the markets are closing and I am entering tickets before the end of the day. I am also handling trade problems, if any, and continue to work on my daily tasks. I don't really go out to eat lunch. I usually bring something from home or go pick up something and eat at my desk. Working in this industry there is no real time for the one hour lunch, but you get used to it fast.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.What are your afternoons like? Describe any unique business processes you engage in or meetings that you attend on a regular basis.
By this time of day, with the markets closed, I work on reviewing some Credits, updating our Portfolio Analytics, and other ad hoc projects I have.
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m .Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
By this time I am wrapping up trade issues and preparing reports to get ready for the next day or the next week. There are always new deals coming up so I have to be ready with information in case anyone form my team needs info quick.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
Some days I will work late until 5PM but it is rare. I usually get off work by 3PM which is great since I get to enjoy a good part of the day with this job. If I was too busy with trades during the day then I stay behind to finish my daily tasks. I rarely take work home.
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