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Has anyone regretted a move from consulting to PE? Any reasons to not switch?

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Nope. Consulting to PE is a basically a risk free move because you’re always free to jump back to consulting if you prefer. You would have gained valuable buyside experience, made more than your peers, and still receive tenure credit.


I left as a 2+0 BA at mck. If I go back to McK after my 2 year PE associate stint, I would be a senior associate


I’m a month into a role at a port co . I’m going on two weeks of having a “i made huge mistake” email to my old firm in my draft folder. What i failed to appreciate is two fold: 1. Consulting engagements have an end date 2. A large segment of PE investment theses center around “modernizing traditional industries” In consulting you often find yourself living the reality of point 2 which is basically a bunch of boomers telling you that “you don’t understand this industry” as they fax things all over creation and then file them in physical filing cabinets you can fall back on 1. This is not an option in full time port co work you just have to beat your head against the aforementioned filing cabinet.


Can you leave PE 6 months in if it’s not working out? Or is that viewed negatively?


Agreed with BC1. I’ve seen it happen and as long as you leave on your accord and craft your narrative carefully, it won’t hurt you

^agree. It’s risk free and if you have the oppty I highly encourage it. Biggest downside and adjustment you’ll have to make is the unpredictability of hours vs consulting. Will have weekends/holiday plans blown up if you’re chasing a live deal. I think the job is also harder (being a good associate vs a good BA at McKinsey) Outside of that I would say I enjoy the job a lot

I hated it. Switched back. The previous comments are spot on but it’s still 2 years of shit if it’s not what you want to do / hate the lifestyle. It’s on me for lack of self awareness but it isn’t a “no brainer” transition. It’ll depend on the person. For me - it felt like 2 years grinding away on skill sets I would never use again. Plus, some of my consulting friends exiting for non finance roles that paid just as much if not more. It’s rarer but doable.

Fortunately or unfortunately all in tech. Majority went into strategy / bizops role. Many swing $250K+, some $300K+ and know some $400K+. But I guess they’re a bit more senior (3-5 YOE) vs the typical 2-3 YOE of a PE associate

I have two friends that have regretted it. 1) had to move to Iowa, ended up hating the team. Works crazy hours, but gets paid really well, so he can’t justify moving his family back 2) also moved out to a small town to work for a small fund. Actually really likes it, but has realized they have no trajectory. The fund has no reputation so trying to get to VP has been a very difficult process - 4 years an associate with no end in sight

Associate 1, do you work for the PE firm’s operating group?

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