Quick Bio: Graduated last year from a target school and had offers from Elite Boutique IBs and 2nd tier consulting firms. I ultimately went the consulting route and ended up at Accenture MC/Deloitte S&O/PwC MC. I was competitive for MBB (Top ECs/Grades) as well but honestly those firms didn't recruit at my school at the UG level.
Now a year into my job, I'm looking for advice on where to go from here. I've killed it in reviews and multiple senior managers/partners are pulling for me within the firm. However, I just want to explore my options.
Mid-Tier Consulting Firm Exit to Private Equity
Consultants at firms that aren't McKinsey, Bain, or BCG may struggle to break into the bulge bracket private equity firms. For those that hope to break into private equity from a "lower tier" consulting firm - there are three common strategies.
- Lateral into MBB level consulting firm and then recruit for PE
- Directly recruit for smaller operationally focused PE firms
- Moving into Private Equity post MBA
It is important to note that while these are realistic possibilities - they are not the only paths to private equity.
Consulting Friendly PE Firms
Here is a short list of middle market private equity funds that have historically hired consultants. If you are looking to exit into PE you should consider looking at these firms.
- Golden Gate
- Altamont Capital
- Bain capital
- FFL Partners
- New Mountain Capital
- Sycamore Partners
- H.I.G Capital
- Berkshire Partners
- Sorenson Capital
- Hellman & Friedman
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