Choosing Offers: Evercore/Centerview SF or BofA NYC?

Hey everyone! In need of some thoughts/guidance on which offer to choose.

1) Recently finished up my SA stint at Bank of America in NYC (IB coverage) and received a return FT offer.

2) Recruited for an EB (Evercore/Centerview) FT in the SF Bay Area (IB Coverage/M&A) 

I'm from the west coast but go to school in the northeast, but I'm not too familiar with the Bay Area. I hope to do IB as a career and am not too focused on exit opps to PE/HF. I don't care much for big city life either (more of an outdoorsy guy), and my SA stint was virtual so I'm not sure if I'll like NYC. One thing that draws me to NYC though, is I feel it could open a lot more doors later down the road (both having the BofA brand and the location). 

If you were me, which offer would you take? Please let me know if you need more information, but any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

edit: didn't reveal which eb as their teams are small and didn't want to giveaway identity.

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Comments (9)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Sep 23, 2020 - 12:40pm

If you want to do IB long term I would hands down take the Evercore/Centerview offer. The compensation is higher and depending on the group, team culture can be better. Your lifestyle (since you dont like cities and prefer the outdoors) may suit the Bay Area better as well, since I know both EVR and Centerview are not in SF proper (Menlo Park and Palo Alto). 

May I ask what group you've an offer from the EBs?

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Sep 23, 2020 - 12:46pm

Above poster is wrong about CVP. They also have an office in Sf that does consumer and HC.

I'd say CVP SF > baml ny > EVR tech > CVP tech

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Sep 23, 2020 - 2:04pm

Mark Robinson in CVPs SF office is probably the best life sciences investment banker around today.

Sep 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Can't offer my opinion on which banks are better than the others but I work in the Bay Area and it is really great if you're into outdoor activities. NY is really fun party culture and obviously there is plenty to do but some of the beaches and views you get in the Bay Area are amazing. Highly recommend!

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 23, 2020 - 2:10pm

All signs point to the SF EB ....outdoorsy and career banker (not to mention their just better banks)? Seems fairly obvious 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Sep 23, 2020 - 2:41pm

Congrats on the offers. Given your priorities, I'd definitely stick with the EB SF route. Not sure about Centerview, but Evercore SF team works all the time with its NY team. Overall, Evercore's at least a notch above BofA and I think you'd be absolutely crazy to choose BofA (or pretty much most BB offers) over Evercore (argument could be made for Centerview). Overall, I'd rank as Evercore SF >>> Centerview SF > BofA.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Sep 23, 2020 - 3:13pm

not OP, but could you elaborate on argument for BofA NYC over Centerview SF? I feel Evercore and Centerview SF are in the same league

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 23, 2020 - 3:28pm

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