Principal / Director / Executive Director

Title Methodology: Clearly it is mostly irrelevant, but just curious to see what folks would prefer amongst these three (given they are traditionally all the same level). As we know, title methodologies vary materially across the street - primarily driven by firm geography and/or related strategies. Would you prefer to put Principal, Director, or Executive Director on your resume?

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Dec 27, 2021 - 9:56pm
theranos, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on the group.

In commercial banking and really anything non PE or IB, VP is more senior than Director.

Directors should report to managing directors.

Principals that report to managing directors just sounds weird.

Executive directors - only ever seen them at UBS and in various loan syndication teams.

The most simple and common PE hierarchy is: Analyst, Associate, VP, Director/Principal, MD/Partner.

Dec 27, 2021 - 10:57pm
theranos, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd go with director. If you're single and on tinder or bumble chicks are gonna think you're earning 45k as a school principal.

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