William Blair vs UBS-which tech group is better? Meaning all around—deal flow, work/life, comp, people, career progression.

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Can’t speak for UBS, but on the WB Tech end: deal flow is great, lots of responsibility/client-interaction at the junior level. Only downside is that you will almost exclusively do sell-side M&A, hardly anything else. Work-life was sweaty last year, but who wasn’t? Comp is top tier, only beaten by elite boutiques. People are Midwest-friendly. Blair has had some great exits historically, but imagine it might be easier to exit when you’re not fighting against the non-NYC stigma. Upward progression is great at Blair though, if you were going to want to climb the ladder anywhere I imagine you would want to do it at Blair where the comp is stellar and the people are generally super friendly - depends what you’re into.

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TL;DR: you’re giving up some prestige-points at Blair vs. UBS but you’ll get a lot of experience (mainly all sell-side m&a), but the comp/culture is probably better at Blair. But who knows, would love to hear from someone with UBS experience.

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