Eastdil Secured Post-MBA

I'm a MBA student at a top southern program (ie: UNC, Emory, Duke, etc) with the goal of transitioning into REPE. To get heavy deal experience I am quite interested in starting at a firm such as Eastdil. A few questions:

  1. Any idea on comp and hours for Eastdil as an associate in Atlanta?

  2. Morgan Stanley has a REPE office in Atlanta. Any insight as to deal flow in the office?

If anyone is in REPE in the South and would be willing to speak, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much

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  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Mar 28, 2021 - 1:41pm

Eastdil ATL is a smaller office. The main offices are NY, LA, and SF. These are also the offices with the best exit ops, specifically NY/SF. Believe comp is the same at all of them (at least in the same ballpark), but cost of living is obviously a lot better in ATL. I know they used to hire a lot of MBA associates under their old IB group, but believe it's a bit less common for IS. Depending on your background, you may start as an analyst for the first year. I know they did this with an MBA hire in the SF office. 

Mar 28, 2021 - 5:20pm

I had a different experience in another secondary office. I worked with a Kenan Flagler kid, he came in as an associate and I think pulled like 230-240k his first year. Responsibilities though are gonna be the same as an analyst.


Mar 28, 2021 - 6:52pm

Comp is likely similar to DC, expect $100k base + 100-200% bonus.  No matter what anyone here tells you that office fucking grinds, my buddies there that are older have a hard time seeing their wives and they're more senior.  Solid exits to almost any firm in the southeast, and most of the younger crew is out after 2-3 years for lifestyle reasons.  Think deal flow has waned a bit out of this office since Kennedy left for Cousins, but you'll still get fantastic experience.  Only teams they have there are retail and office groups, but they pitch in on some of the multifamily and industrial stuff if it is in their markets (most of multifamily in the sunbelt is getting run out of Charlotte and Dallas with some help from DC).

No clue on MSREF, and I was candidly unaware they had an office in Atlanta.  Others may have more info.

Mar 29, 2021 - 10:41pm

I think they have 4 or 5 MDs in Atlanta. They work on deals across the Sunbelt and cover all the major property groups except Multifamily. Eastdil's Sunbelt multifamily team sits in Dallas and Charlotte. They also have debt placement in Atlanta as well.

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Apr 14, 2021 - 2:02pm

I am in a similar situation, but continue to face some headwinds trying to interview at ES. I'm a little bit older MBA candidate transitioning industries, and they seem very focused on age. I had good RE coursework during my MBA (top 25) and was previously in investment banking in another industry, so not like I'm green on Excel & valuation work. 

Any suggestions on how to address their concerns?

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Apr 14, 2021 - 7:27pm

You need to know someone there. Unfortunately, it's very hard to get an interview otherwise. Your experience seems great, so honestly surprised. I know they are less keen on MBA's now. There was a recent MBA hire who came in as an analyst instead of associated, if that tells you anything. SF/LA offices are the best at the company by far, if you're speaking about investment sales strictly. IB groups are in NY/SF. Both very small, but top of the industry. Culture is horrendous at the firm as a whole though- and things have only gotten worse post WF.

Apr 14, 2021 - 7:48pm

Thankfully I know some folks but still hasn't translated yet. Yes I heard about that...said I was willing to come in as a senior analyst or something so will see how that plays out. I am targeting investment sales. Interesting to hear about the culture though - is it just the hours? I hear people talk about the hours but at the associate level it seems somewhat normal, especially coming from time spent working as an analyst at a Evercore/Lazard/Rothschild type firm.

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Apr 14, 2021 - 11:50pm

Yeah if you worked at one of those firms I have no idea why you're not getting interview, unless they're still just not hiring period (which was the case for a while) Really would only recommend Eastdil as an analyst or lead MD. Otherwise it's just not a great place to be. The culture has gotten continuously worse since WF split. While WF was not a perfect match by any means, being associated with a bigger company certainly has its advantages and ensures accountability which has just been completely lost within the firm.

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