Hi guys, I'm a junior from a target university with a solid resume. I have a super this weekend with/MS/JP IB the following week. Also looking at a few other buy side shops and corporate roles. I'm not as interested in sell-side as all of my friends seem to be, but would be willing to put up with it for a couple years to create that solid base.
I don't know all that much about D.E. Shaw, so I was wondering if anyone could touch on office culture, internship experience, mobility within the firm, and possibly even comp. I've always been super interested in VC and PE, and I understand that Shaw has VC/PE funds, but I have no clue if it easy to lateral into them, or how any of that works.
It seems like Shaw and a couple other firms may be a better fit for me than Investment Banks, but I'm worried I'll pigeon-hole myself if I don't start with IB. Would I be crazy to take these other opportunities over a prestigious IB?