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Career Advancement Opportunities

October 2021 Investment Banking

  • Lazard Middle Market (= =) 99.6%
  • Evercore (= =) 99.3%
  • PJT Partners (= =) 98.9%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲02) 98.5%
  • Robert W. Baird & Co. (▲02) 98.2%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

October 2021 Hedge Fund

  • D.E. Shaw 98.8%
  • Citadel Investment Group 97.6%
  • Blackstone Group 96.3%
  • Magnetar Capital 95.1%
  • Point72 93.9%

Professional Growth Opportunities

October 2021 Private Equity

  • The Riverside Company 99.3%
  • Blackstone Group 98.6%
  • Warburg Pincus 98.0%
  • Apollo Global Management 97.3%
  • KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) 96.6%

Total Avg Compensation

October 2021 Private Equity

  • Principal (7) $694
  • Director/MD (18) $575
  • Vice President (68) $367
  • 3rd+ Year Associate (69) $270
  • 2nd Year Associate (141) $254
  • 1st Year Associate (287) $220
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (26) $159
  • 2nd Year Analyst (61) $135
  • 1st Year Analyst (185) $118
  • Intern/Summer Associate (20) $67
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (221) $59