I'm a current IB analyst at a top boutique bank--think PJT/CVP/EVR/Qatalyst/.
I've recently been extended an offer at a very good, but small L/S hedge fund with about $3bn in AUM and a long track record of very consistent returns. It's an amazing fund with great culture, but isn't exactly a "name brand" hedge fund.
While the fund seems like a perfect fit, I'm hesitant to take the role because I'm afraid that it will negatively impact my chances of getting into a top MBA program (namely H/S), as well as future recruiting prospects since it's not a name brand fund.
Originally, my plan was to go for MF PE to UMM PE, and then get an MBA, after which I'd join a... but this role was presented to me and I was fortunate enough to do well in the process.
If I have a good GPA, an ~745 GMAT, a top boutique bank and an excellent, but lesser known hedge fund on my resume, and engage in extracurricular activities that b schools would look at favorably, do you think I'd still have a good chance at getting into H/S?
And beyond that, I don't have really have a sense for what's next after starting my career at that sort of fund. Say I wanted to leave or move geographies eventually, would I have trouble recruiting at other funds without name brand recognition?