Private Equity and the Buy Side

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Is PE ops truly just the worst of both consulting and PE? Tough travel without the nice luxuries, lower pay than deals team, less clear trajectory, etc

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Are MM PE funds in NYC typically worse WLB compared to consulting? What are typical hours during week and weekend?

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Can someone give me the low down on Brown Brothers Harriman in The PE space? Size, reputation, comp, etc?

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Did most consultants who moved to PE already had extensive prior deal / transaction project experience? Do I still have a chance with just general consulting experience (e.g., op model, cost reduction… more

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Could you get dinged for wanting to go to bschool? I interviewed at a career place and said in the mid term I plan to go to business school to ultimately return to PE. Honestly thought all interviews … more

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Better to get the CFA or spend money on a MBA?

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What are your thoughts/experience with getting an MBA if you already work on the buy side - is it necessary to advance? I understand it’s more given in PE, but what about if you’re doing real estate … more

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Former consultants: How did you know you wanted to leave for PE? Are you enjoying the PE work more than consulting, or is the "grass always greener"?

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What's a good salary range for a LMM/MM PE investment analyst role? Just shy of 2.5 years of consulting experience. Located in a lower cost city in the south (Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashvill… more

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BA —> EM with 5 YOE post undergrad. Is it too late to try to recruit for PE associate roles?

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Has anyone come across any resources I can use for a investment idea pitch during an interview? Examples of investment theses for previous PE acquisitions etc.? Interested in healthcare and FS specifi… more

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Just got hit up for MM PE based in Connecticut - anyone want an intro? I just started a diff role

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Have an incoming interview with headhunter for MM PE firm. Role is on the strategy side (70% investment/thesis generation, 30% portco ops). Anyone have experience with these interviews?

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I am a EM in McK. Can people discuss success stories and potential ideas on how to transition to a PE investment/deal team role Post-MBA? Total 7 years exp

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What are the pro/cons of joining PortCo Operations team of large PE (think KKR Capstone, Blackstone Ops, Cerberus COAC, Platinum Ops)? Curious about (1) career trajectory, (2) general compensation and… more

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Got dinged after final round at a really good firm after 4 weeks. sucks man

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UMM PE interview—made it through a few rounds, case study, etc and now am being interviewed by head of HR. Any tips on what to expect?

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What sort of equity stakes do management teams at PE-backed companies typically get?

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How did you know you wanted to exit to PE (given that recruiting happens <1 year into consulting life)? I am interested in recruiting but really can't tell if I would prefer it to consulting

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Is it a bad idea to call HR when you’re waiting to hear back via email and have followed up already? Or should you just keep emailing?

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Anyone familiar with Comvest Partners? Being recruited to join as their first associate on the operating side of the business. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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Been through 3 rounds of interviews over 3 weeks and it’s been 1 week since the last convo. Ok to follow up with recruiter at this point? Typically have gotten next rounds scheduled 1-3 days after pre… more

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Any thoughts on Verlinvest, a Belgian PE fund with global présence focused on consumer?

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How does VC pay compare to Tech PM roles? I know VC pays more if you get to a Partner level (because of the big carry) but asking about VC Principal level compared to Sr. PM / Director of Product. Tha… more

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What would an $8 billion evergreen private equity fund be classified as? UMM? Separate category?

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Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare for real estate PE interviews? What is the best way to prepare?

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Is lower MM a sustainable career / worth it? MFs can maneuver to MM/LMM if there’s no promotional path, and if the only road (assuming) post LMM is corporate, then isn’t it just a matter of time? Or m… more

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This may be a dumb question, but how can you tell if a MM or UMM is actually good / worth exiting for?

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the noob question: Can someone please explain what the difference in the skills you develop as a Big 4 Valuations vs IB Analyst is? Especially from the “getting into PE” perspec… more

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Anybody’s distressed debt or special sits shop looking for experienced associates? I have 3 years of experience in direct lending and am currently at an EB doing restructuring

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how do you maintain a good family life? From what I’ve read it seems that even as you move up in pe the hours don’t get better and you’re consistently working till at least 7/8 at night. Do most exit,… more

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What’s my best argument to make in a PE analyst interview on why I’m a better candidate coming from FDD than an investment banking? I have a few ideas but also would like to hear any other thoughts.

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Anyone familiar with comp at MM private credit funds in NYC at the Associate level? I’m guessing it’s significantly lower than PE

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Is it possible to have a life outside of work in PE? In consulting, I don’t know what I would do without (mostly) protected weekends

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What is the best way to reach out to headhunters for PE recruiting? I see some online portals and generic email addresses on their website. Is there a better approach?

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I have a friend who is a manager at Deloitte in mergers and acquisition. I’ve always been curious what the pay is for someone like this. He seems to be doing pretty well for himself. Anyone have any… more

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Why is VC pay so low at the Associate level?

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I’m a new analyst at a PE firm, and my associate keeps blaming me for things she does wrong. Like she will tell me I made the wrong change, even though she is the one who changed it. Or in calls with … more

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Any advice for starting a new position remotely?

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