First Year Analyst Out of Undergrad: MM Tech Offer SF or Specialized Boutique NYC

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Got offers from both MM TMT shops (RBC/BMO/KeyBank) as well as offers from specialized Boutiques: (FT Partners/Sawaya/Greentech)

I honestly couldn't care less about the groups and changed my story for each one every time.

What do I choose?

United States - Northeast

Comments (8)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 6, 2019

If you have an offer from RBC, I'd take it no question. Would put FT Partners above BMO and Keybank in terms of reputation and dealflow, but one thing to note is that analyst retention seems to be an issue with FT, which may be indicative of something structurally wrong with the firm in how analysts are being treated.

Nov 7, 2019

I'd check around for dealflow in these various offices. I've heard RBC SF is a lifestyle bank as in there's barely any dealflow. I think it's the same for BMO. Keybank is bottom of the list in terms of IB.

Never heard of Sawaya. FT Partners and Greentech are known to have some harsh hours. Greentech especially. The NY office regularly works til 4am most days and have heard most analysts/associates are talking to recruiters at the Blue Bottle next door and openly trying to exit ASAP. At least this isn't the case at FT Partners, where hours can be until 2am most nights (longer if you let them take advantage of you or you strive to get the highest bonus) but dealflow is very high. Every analyst is staffed on at least 3-4 live deals albeit some will be with dumpster fires that will never close. You still develop solid skills that will help you in your future finance career. Greentech also isn't doing too well whereas FT is really making strides even though analysts may be treated a little worse than other firms.

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Nov 8, 2019

What is your goal ultimately? Are you thinking of lateraling from these places at some point?

Nov 11, 2019


  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 12, 2019

You have to go to places that are doing buyout deals or work with sponsors. Places like Sawaya, FTP and Greentech don't do any buyout stuff really; mostly growth equity and the like.

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Nov 14, 2019

Sawaya seems pretty solid on PE buyouts from CPG spinoffs.

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Nov 18, 2019

What did you decide?

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 11, 2019
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