Does anyone who has exited consulting with 2-3 years of experience feel that going to VC/PE is an over-glorified/ hyped exit path? For example, VC/PE firms often have smaller teams and require specialisation in niche industries. What are your thoughts on the pros/ cons of this exit path?

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I think the enjoyment element is overrated in that it’s a niche job and the assumption that anyone would enjoy it is foolish.

But in terms of lifetime comp, “real” PE is tough to beat. VC is similar but industry feels a little more “winner takes all” to me - meaning you have a good amount of good MM PE funds that are a little under the radar but still crush it on returns, but feels like VC is a tough game to win outside of the tippy top funds.

But then you go back to the first point which is people assume they want a lot of comp by any means. But then get through life and discover they don’t feel as strongly / decide it’s not worth it if they hate it.

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It certainly pays a lot more $$$$$$

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Pros: money. Cons: Literally everything else. I feel like people drop like flies when they break into VC/PE, regardless of their background.

Hours, but it’s more unpredictability of those hours than the actual volume imo. 60-80 isn’t fun, but it’s doable if you could guarantee protected weekends, vacations, kid’s stuff, etc. Firms don’t try to ruin that stuff intentionally, but sometimes it’s the nature of deal-driven work. The other piece is the culture which for whatever reason I have anecdotally felt that PE/HF treats people much more transactionally than even IB. Just one person’s experience though.

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