Blair CHI vs RJ NYC

Title. Please discuss. A lot of people consider Blair to be #1 in MM, but is it that much better than RJ? And for someone who has no location preference, shouldn't NYC hold more weight?

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Oct 23, 2021 - 12:39pm

I had a similar dilemma picking between Blair and another MM based in NYC. I went with NYC and have no regrets but may be biased because 99% of my friend group and family are based here too.

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Oct 23, 2021 - 1:55pm

This is accurate.  RayJay's best group is Tech which is an area that Blair dominates in the middle market.

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Oct 23, 2021 - 1:58pm

yea i mean their neck and neck in tech & services (maybe WB ahead by a tad since they regularly do 1B+ deals). but everything else is hands down Blair. Additionally, they're known for having a somewhat good culture

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 26, 2021 - 4:52pm

Do a LinkedIn search before you listen to this- sure, RJ has a handful of solid exits to MM/UMM PE, but Blair has a ton more.

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Oct 26, 2021 - 4:57pm

WB opens way more doors than RayJay in New York.  Yeah you are in New York, but RayJay is pretty far down the totem pole in terms of NY Finance. If you are looking at exits, WB is a no brainer here.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 26, 2021 - 4:20pm

They will probably open the same/ similar doors. Question should be what city do you want to live in long term? If it's NY go to NY so you can start building friends and a life there sooner rather than later. If it's CHI answer is obvious.

There is an obsession around brand on this forum and having watched recruiting self selection is going to be the biggest determiner for your future, not the bank you are at. FWIW, have watched Blair analysts place at numerous UMM funds this year in NY and CHI.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 27, 2021 - 3:44am

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