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Why is KKR Capstone not a more popular choice for MBA students?

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Yeah, there's of course some variance from firm-to-firm, but to be a bit reductionist, it's all of the worst of consulting with none of the upside. Make no mistake, you will be working FOR the investment side of the house, regardless of your seniority or theirs; you will not be a 'thought partner' or principal strategist in any meaningful way. And these are very demanding internal clients with spectacular egos. You will be viewed as a cost center, and your career trajectory will reflect that perception. If you're in private equity, you'll probably have an antagonistic relationship with management -- you will not have good 'client' relationships like you might have in consulting. I went into portfolio ops because I liked the idea of telling people I worked at [investment firm], and I suspect the same is true of most other people who make the same decision -- regardless of whether they realize it.

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I am not extremely familiar with capstone. Is that KKRs opps team?

Having just graduated from an M7 myself, I think the problem is people view KKR (and other large PE firms) as impenetrable without prior PE experience. It is likely easier to capstone but I would think it is still quite difficult without excellent prior experience given they only have 80 FTEs

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It’s a very small team.

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