Am I being realistic with MM PE hours?Subscribe
I'm based in Europe.
My ideal hours would be 60-70 hours a week. if I came into the office at 8-9am ish, I would hope to be out before 9pm, with a couple of late nights per week max and SOME but not loads of weekend work. Ofc when there is a deal ongoing I would expect to work hard but I would want my hours to be reasonable (not 2am everyday). Also hope to have some flexibility around how I manage my work. If I want to attend a birthday party say Tuesday evening, I can stay late the next day to finish my work.
I only have a handful of friends who work in PE and their lifestyle seem to be in line with what I said above. Tho I have read a lot of horror stories about MM PE online. I've been asking recruiters specially about "culture". Some have been very vague saying yeah the hours in general are better than banking, whereas others would be more honest saying xyz shop has very similar hours to banking so you'd be doing x hours.
I don't want to end up in a situation where I move to another fund only to find out I'm completely naive about the sort of lifestyle I'll be committing to.