Boutique IB offer vs. stay non-big 4 TAS
Background: I'm a 2nd year analyst at a prominent non-big 4 firm doing TAS (valuation / M&A DD) and I just got an offer for a boutique bank (I'd solely be doing middle market M&A) in a second tier city, which I'm currently working in. FWIW, this is the first banking offer I've gotten.
I have a few hesitations:
1. Comp seems low
2. Exit opportunities - I'm hoping to jump to a MM PE firm after my analyst stint but given this is a growing IB (has been doing extremely well), I'm worried about the weight of the name.
I met with a good amount of folks and it seems like a solid culture but my main reason for doing banking is to get to a good PE shop or corp dev (two main goals).
PS: I've looked around and have seen what a few ppl have done in this situation but they seem to be very dated and obviously the IB industry has changed in the past few years.