Choosing between offers

Dear monkeys, 

I'm lucky to be in the position to be choosing between a few offers from tippy-top EB/BBs! My criteria is as follows, would like to see how people rank firms with these in mind:

1) Weighted Prestige (50% within the world of finance, 50% overall universe)

2) Demonstrated commitment to CSR/DEI/ESG initiatives

3) Public image and lack of connection to wall street greed / financial crisis stereotypes

Appreciate all the insight, I know I can't go wrong with my current options but my goal is to choose a firm that aligns with my values!

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 9, 2021 - 2:31pm

Pick one of "overall universe prestige" and "not associated with Wall Street greed / financial crisis". Not compatible.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 9, 2021 - 3:16pm

Fair point, what would you say is more important from a career fulfillment perspective?

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  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 9, 2021 - 3:37pm

DEI is a hiring policy based on skin color, gender or sexual orientation. Aka immutable characteristics, which are the forefront and core values of identity politics and critical race theory. You're being completely disingenuous if you don't at least acknowledge the overlap there (even though only acknowledging there may be an overlap is denying the obvious). ESG and CSR is a bunch of virtue signaling, just like the SJW movement. Quit lying to yourself. 

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Jul 9, 2021 - 5:32pm

Based on your list I take it that Goldman Sachs isn't one of your offers…

In all seriousness go where you like the people the most and think you will excel. You're splitting hairs and the firmwide ESG policies will have absolutely no impact on your experience. IMO, you'll have a more rewarding experience at an EB. However, if you aren't sure about what you want to do afterwards, take the top BB for better optionality. 

I was in similar situation and took top BB. I think I would've enjoyed my analyst experience far more at an EB, but I am still happy I went with the BB. Can't tell you how many times in interviews the person across table has said something along lines of "I see you went to XYZ school and through the IB program at BB, that's a legitimate program and you definitely have the skills needed for this job."

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 9, 2021 - 7:09pm

Appreciate the thoughtful answer. I think the optionality component is huge for me in being interested in both future roles in and outside of finance.

Not sure why the idea of joining a firm that values equitable hiring and workplace practices, or is aligned with social and environmental responsibility is so hard to understand for others on this thread, but to each their own I guess. 


  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Jul 9, 2021 - 8:58pm

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