GS PIA - thoughts?

Long time viewer but first time posting

I'm a second year analyst in a top group at MS/JPM, going through megafund recruiting now. Have several interviews lined up with the traditional suspects but also a random call lined up with a Partner in GS PIA for a potential opening in GS Capital Partners (the traditional buyout PE arm). Anyone have views on GS PIA? Have heard it's a backup for many GS analysts but again not sure.

Anything would be helpful - culture, hours, b school placement, etc. I don't work at GS and don't have many connections there (other than the person who helped me set up this call) so very difficult to get the inside scoop on this. Thanks in advance

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Jan 12, 2013

Work at a bank, get paid like a banker

Jan 13, 2013

When was the last time you heard GS PIA running a deal? Obviously, this is a first class problem, but I would choose many other funds over GS PIA if there was a choice.

Jan 13, 2013

If you have megafund interviews or top MM interviews there's no need to pursue PIA.

Jan 14, 2013

Heard from a buddy who worked there that's its a complete sweatshop with hours worse than banking. Probably a great "preftigious" experience though learning wise, if you're willing to suck it up for a couple years. That's all I know.

Jan 14, 2013

Lots of deals in the pipeline, analysts rotate between private credit and equity, have a v good relationship with LevFin which feeds them unlike other funds who do not have this advantage, v solid team with smart people.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

Jan 14, 2013

How big of a group is it? I know it isn't the bread and butter of GS but it really does seem like a great group.

Jan 14, 2013

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Jan 14, 2013
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