Blah experience at MF, heading to B-school. Recruiting tips?Subscribe
Finishing up a WFH stint at a BX/KKR/TPG-level MF that doesn't give out explicit return offers (you have to "ask to come back"). Had a blah experience, bunch of frisky deals but didn't close a deal and my references are going to be pretty solid but not gushing (I was a solid resource, not the kind of place where associates wow people beyond just being a workhorse). Not diverse. Place had shitty culture (consensus here is correct that it was pretty sweaty).
Headed to H/S this fall but getting really spooked by the accounts here of the normal course for ex-PE people not being able to maintain fund "level". I'm not a prestige whore but I can do carry math, and I do believe MFs can play in certain deal sizes that MMs can't / are just generally a safer harbor when shit goes sideways. I assume that doing an MBA internship is going to be both a no-no for feasibility (not diverse) and signaling (seems "desperate", why wouldn't I wait to recruit FT, etc.) reasons. So, asking the community--am I totally SOL on going back to an MF level shop (and thus I should focus on MM), or are there steps you vets would recommend that would give me a fighting chance?