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Can anyone working in PE answer my question below: How different is working in PE ops/consulting arm than PE itself in terms of compensation and WLB? Is it still considered an attractive opportunity with growth potential and exits?

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Ops is the closest you’re going to get to front office apart from the investing team. So Compensation is generally pretty good and only slightly behind vs investing team at junior levels, but discrepancy widens significantly once carry starts coming to play WLB is also generally better given you’re not dealing with insane bid timelines but is not a 40 hour job either

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I would say Ops is like “middle office” given you are also on the front lines in working directly with the portfolio companies you buy. Compensation varies, from same as investment team (especially smaller firms, Ops teams that are involved in DD process) to less than investment teams That said, it should still be higher than consulting at the same level (same experience). WLB varies too, but I would say in general it’s better than consulting. For exits, depends on what you want to do, you can technically exit to the portfolio companies or hop back to consulting

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