Had offers at both. Really disliked the culture atNY. They are hiring way too many way too fast and several of the current analysts and associates I spoke to are put off by the excessive aggression and hated their lives. Felt the Centerview culture was much more tight knit and boutique like. Both are growing though Centerview focuses a little less on headcount but more on executing deals. In the end I went with the people I liked more at Centerview.
However, it seems to me that they are pretty obscure, even at my school (Wharton). People seem to putahead of Centerview even though Centerview has had much better deal flow than both of those places.
Now this is not another "my d**k is 2 centimeters longer than yours" thread. I can care less about prestige and people's reaction when I tell them where I work. But how does the prestige factor come into play for PE recruiting and B-school? Does deal flow and what you do in those deals matter more?
Thanks for your input.