Am I the only one who worked at a no-name boutique IB and had zero problem going UMM buyside?
I'm at a (solid - but not namebrand) IB boutique in a Tier 1 city. Over the past could of months I have gotten a whole lot of outreach for MM IB, EB IB and LMM-UMM PE. Now granted not all inbound recruiter mail was for anything remotely interesting and some were just casual email blasts, but ultimately I was able to sign up a great offer with a >$20B AUM PE shop in NYC. I only got one final offer but I had another final round lined up with a $5-$10B AUM shop in Boston as well.
I get that if I wanted to work atthey'd have more interest in other people from BBs, but given that I have no interest to hack it out with the or Goldman Sachs types, have rarely worked 80+ hours/week and still ended up at a namebrand UMM shop - my question is this - outside of the Top 10 bubble, are there diminishing returns of working for a sweaty MM versus a boutique? There seems to be very little value-add to me at a certain point and I do feel that some things I hear first-years or recruit weenies say on hear is just abject wrong in my personal experience. Am I just the luckiest man alive or has anyone shared this experience?
Edit: I cleaned this up a good bit because I drank too much coffee and was a dbag, rant artist in my initial post.