Can anyone speak to what it's like working at a Hines/Tishman/Related in a flagship office (NY/LA)? Somewhat curious about comp, hours, culture and all that, but far more interested in the actual quality of the work and what the impact is on your career.
As an analyst at one of these firms, are you holed up in a cubicle cranking on models all day? Or do you get to participate in marketing/design/project management/capital raising etc. Do you sit in on meetings/phone calls where you're pitching a deal or negotiating a JV structure? Do you get to voice your opinion on a marketing decision or picking a cabinet spec? Or are you just a really expensive human calculator?
Furthermore, what is the progression at a place like this? At what point do you actually get to run a deal or get a piece of the carry? As someone who would like to break off on their own sooner rather than later (or at least be a principal), and who works at a smaller shop where I have the inside track and have exposure to everything, should I even be considering taking a job at one of these mega-shops? Having the brand name on my resume would go a long way in raising capital for myself down the road, and working on blue-chip deals would obviously be an absolute blast, but I'm worried that you don't learn the skills you need to be an entrepreneur at a place like this. Of course, I could be completely misguided. Anybody who could provide insight would be greatly appreciated.
edit: Also please feel free to PM me if you don't want to identify that you work for one of these firms