Chose Evercore over GS & MS for Full Time - Did I make the right choice?
Pretty much self-explanatory title. I did my summer at Evercore as a summer MBA associate and accepted the full-time offer.
I know this may sound crazy given that I've already put much thought behind my banking options and talked to a lot of folks at pretty much all banks, but I've recently been questioned from my senior personal mentors in finance (40+ years old with who have been out of touch with recent banking trends) why I chose Evercore over Goldman (TMT) and Morgan Stanley (Generalist). Their logic simply is that the big banks are the way to go and because they are "top". I do see where they're coming from, but think their views may be seriously outdated... Also keep in mind that I am based in the US (my Evercore offer also NYC) while my mentors are from Europe and Asia Pacific.
Bottom line, did I fxxx up with my choice? Almost every current banker on the street that I talk to in NYC tells me that it's almost a no-brainer to choose Evercore over these banks. The only ones that advocate over Evercore are 2 JPM bankers (I have 0 interest in JPM).
For you folks working in IB and PE in NYC (or even London), what are your thoughts? Did I make the right call? I intend to stay in finance (and hopefully high finance) for a long time with no desire to exit to corporate development. I do love everything about Evercore, but am a little concerned with brand value outside the US.