JLL Capital Markets - Chicago

Hey guys. I'm currently looking at a D/E position on the capital markets team out here in Chicago. Does anyone have any idea of reputation, comp, exits? Any info would be much appreciated. 

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  • Analyst 2 in RE - Comm
Oct 21, 2021 - 1:25am

Great office, some rainmakers there. First year analyst should be in the low 6 figures at that office. Like every other d/e or IS group in a solid location/office your exit opps will be good with chances to go to your clients debt fund, aquisitions, dev, etc.

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Oct 21, 2021 - 9:07am

Really interested to hear you saw that as on another post people were saying first year as an Analyst for JLL in NYC comp is around $120,000.

Do you find this believe-able or accurate?

  • Analyst 2 in RE - Comm
Oct 21, 2021 - 11:33am

A valid question is what year you worked there? i personally know a third yr analyst there who has done quite well.

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Nov 18, 2021 - 11:01am

This guy must have worked there 5 years ago. I'm sure you'll find it in my post/comment history but I got a couple offers (accepted one of them) about a month ago in Chicago with the base being in the high end of this guy's range. This doesn't even include bonus or commission (yes, these are separate).

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  • Associate 2 in RE - Comm
Nov 18, 2021 - 3:34pm

Bonus structure in JLL's Chicago office is different than in many other JLL offices.

In other JLL offices, analysts are bonused / tipped on a deal by deal basis at 3 - 4% of the total fee. That 3 - 4% is split between the analysts working the deal based on seniority / value-add (ie. a senior analyst running QB on the numbers / OM prep / investor DD may take 75% of that fee, while the junior analyst who is working under that senior analyst gets 25%). A senior analyst, on a high producing team, can earn their way into the $200k total comp figures that others have quoted. It just takes time (~2 years) to ramp up into that position, where producers trust you to run the analytics on deals, and you as an analyst have a full and rolling pipeline of deals (fees) that are closing. As a junior, your fee splits are worse (because you're less valuable) and it takes time to build a pipeline, which is why your earnings in the first couple years are lower (and especially in year 1).

In Chicago, management chooses to "smooth" analyst bonuses. Bonuses are fully discretionary and not tied to that 4% cut of fees - instead, that 4% goes into a bonus pool and is discretionarily bonused out. This is good for new analysts or analysts on less profitable teams - you will likely receive a bonus that is larger than it would be if your comp was tied to deal production / fees. But, for senior analysts or on teams that are crushing it, your bonus is typically lower than it would be if you were tipped out on a deal by deal basis. Total comp is capped for senior analysts at approximately $110 - $140k. New analysts should expect total bonuses in the $15k - $30k range. That's just how Chicago does it.

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