Like the title says, I don't want to go to a bulge bracket or an elite boutique, and I was wondering if anyone has any insight on going directly to a small boutique out of undergrad. It would be a stretch for me to go BB/EB anyway, as I am non-diversity, non-target with no on-campus recruiting programs. But I have met with/spoke on the phone with quite a few smaller boutiques operating in defined sectors (such as tech, healthcare, etc), and they all seem to be extremely satisfied with/excited about their work and seem to have a better all around work-life balance than some of my connections at BB/EB's.
So my question is, is it possible to go directly from non-target undergrad to a small boutique? I know most of the people I talked to were ex-BB/EB and it is much harder for these small boutiques to train people. Are there any red flags I should look out for? Any other insight would be much appreciated!
My stats are below in case that helps determine if this is a viable path.
Non-diversity non-target rising junior
3.96 CGPA/ 4.00 CoreGPA Finance major/math minor
Freshman spring internship - PE/Search fund
Freshman summer internship - Consulting/directly client-facing financial modelling work (ended up doing this throughout the school year as well)
Upcoming sophomore summer internship - Investment banking summer analyst at a very small boutique in the Midwest
(I have also been on a few club/fraternity exec positions if that means anything)
Target working area would be East Coast/greater Boston
Would love to hear from anyone about their experience/get any advice on non-targets, small boutiques, or Boston banking in general.