To current / former PE associates - if the hours are on average better than IB or consulting, why is it so common to hear lifestyle is often much more difficult? Is it just stress from increased responsibility? Do better hours and (marginally) more certainty over your schedule not compensate?

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More stress, yes

For consultants, the uncertainty is new and uncomfortable. Eg consultants are used to working hard M-Th (and less hard Friday) and then never opening laptops on the weekend. PE, like banking, will generate random pockets of there being no work in the middle of the week, and then suddenly being slammed Saturday afternoon. That’s a hard adjustment for consultants

If you’re a banker used to giving up weekends/holidays randomly on a whim, the lifestyle shouldn’t be a huge shock. More stress though, yes

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Very interesting, thanks for the insight. I see why retention is so much higher in consulting vs. banking. Sounds like a much more sustainable way of working

The driver of stress is ownership imo. Coming from consulting (and same holds true for banking) at the end of the day when the work finishes you wipe your hands clean and it’s done.

In PE as the associate it’s your model that led to buying the company and your underwritten returns that everyone is expecting. Obviously a lot is out of your hands from an operating perspective but there’s a lot of pressure when it’s your Firm’s money (and eventually your money) that is on the line when you’re running analyses.

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