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+144 If you're late to the IB game, don't give up!215mo
+143 Sincere thank you to the WSO Community601y
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+111 The Price of Success: Friends729y
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+89 I did it.721y
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+63 Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!184y
+63 Thank you WSO!!81y
+61 Q&A: Mid-career professional to top-bucket VP @ BB BO, thanks WSO!102y
+60 From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.231y
+59 A big fat thank-you!!!!311mo
+59 Consulting Full Time Offer After 1 Year of Searching341y
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+57 Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!226y
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+56 Part 2- Finally Got It - Top MM Offer- Thank You WSO281y
+55 Thanks WSO / My Story661y
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+53 PE cracked - Networked my way in via Facebook!264y
+51 Thank you WSO! Got my FT Offer! ADVICE NEEDED271y
+50 Thank You - BROKE IN! 394y
+50 Full Time Offer, at last! Thanks WSO!361y
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+50 Story of sub 2.5 gpa breaking into MC291y
+50 How I landed my dream job in M&A - Never give up on your dreams211y
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+49 Guys, We Finally Made It484y
+49 FINALLY! GOT IT- TOP MM FT OFFER- THANK YOU WSO302y
+49 Nontarget-> BB IBD211y
+48 Thanks WSO - Valuable resource 74y
+46 CFA Time management289y
+46 EB265y
+45 The Beauty of A Small Shop - First Full-Time Offer51y
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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 Consulting

  • McKinsey and Co 99.4%
  • Bain & Company 98.7%
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 98.1%
  • Oliver Wyman 97.4%
  • Strategy& 96.8%

Total Avg Compensation

October 2021 Hedge Fund

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  • Director/MD (10) $359
  • NA (5) $306
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  • 3rd+ Year Associate (19) $272
  • 2nd Year Associate (28) $241
  • Engineer/Quant (51) $237
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  • Analysts (193) $166
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  • Junior Trader (5) $102
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