Any well paying jobs out of top MBA where hours are reasonable (<60-70/week) and weekends normally free?

Hey All,

Title pretty much says it all: are there any well paying jobs one can get out of a top MBA that require reasonable hours (<60-70 for a normal, non-fire drill week) and almost always allow you your weekends (Saturday - Sunday) free?

For the sake of argument, lets say 'well paying' means you will be making north of 150k all in first year out of grad school, and maybe ~250-300k+ by the time you are 8-10 years out?

On a related note, would any IB associate jobs fit this bill? Do they normally have their weekends free or no?

Thanks!

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Dec 20, 2017

As far as IB, Some private placement / capital markets type groups would fit your bill (think Levfin capital markets). Usually the best paid (top) ones that don't require face time are fairly competitive to get into though, and you would still probably be notching in around 60 hours a week. Minimal to no weekend work tho..

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Dec 20, 2017

Sounds interesting, could you elaborate a bit on those groups? Not very familiar with Leveraged Finance Capital Markets; is this something you would apply directly into from MBA recruiting/etc?

Dec 20, 2017

Not my area of expertise... I imagine as far as recruitment goes, very similar to IB - some banks you would apply directly for the group, some for a generalist IB position to be placed after accepting the offer. Only caveat is, some banks lump the Capital markets group in IBD, some in another divisions.

Highly recommend reaching out to an alumnus in one of these groups if this is something that interests you. Probably has much more valuable information than me an could be an excellent industry contact.

Dec 20, 2017

heard of MBAs at Microsoft Sales getting $250-300 all in first/second year.

Dec 20, 2017

Do you need an MBA for those roles? Most tech sales roles at enterprise companies are going to put you in that range as long as you perform.

Dec 21, 2017

How does one go about getting one of those roles then? How many people do you think are actually going to 'perform' though to that level? If it was that easy to make 250-300k I'd think everyone would be doing it.

Dec 20, 2017

In many cases, corp dev roles will not require those types of hours consistently.

Dec 20, 2017

Also interested

Dec 20, 2017

Consulting

Dec 21, 2017

Great pay / okay hours: buyside public markets. Also hardest jobs to get post mba.

Great pay / terrible hours: IB

Good pay / okay hours: consulting but the travel sucks which may outweigh the slightly better hours than IB.

Good pay / good hours: corporate development and corporate strategy at large companies. Probably slightly more difficult to get than consulting but it depends on the company.

Okay to good pay / good hours: leadership development / corporate finance rotations / marketing. Varies a lot by company but these are typicaly in the 105k to 125 salary range

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Dec 21, 2017

People doing top MBA's are better served first landing in 'demanding' jobs, and then gain the skills, network, credibility, etc in those demanding jobs first, before transitioning into more relaxed in-house industry / corporate jobs. At least my opinion. Also, you may end up liking working within partner / MD 'track' career (IBD / Consulting), and who knows, you may have what it takes to make it to MD / Partner. Without strong drive, ambition, etc. why bother with a top MBA in the first place??

People doing MBA should, and tend to, (imo) have the mentality that they are putting their career trajectory, earning potential, potential exit ops, networking opps, etc in choosing the post-MBA career, Not let the work / life balance as the #1 driver in the job search. If you just want easy hours with good paycheck, forget MBA, the student loans, and just pick up a back office job at a finance company, become a salesman at a tech / pharmaceutical corporation, or become a mutual fund wholesaler. I work in a chill, 40 hr / week back office job in a hedge fund, and I cleared 140k last year including bonus.

I actually despise my current job, because it is boring as hell and the skill set growth/ network / upside potential aren't there. I am heading to a top MBA and then hopefully land at MBB consulting. At this point, I don't care if I have to work more hours at my post MBA job. I care about learning, quality of work, exit ops, earning potential, etc.

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Dec 22, 2017
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