McKinsey or Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

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I have just finished my masters degree in finance and choose b/w an offer from McKinsey and Goldman Sachs PIA (Capital Partners) in London? I have a strong interest in private equity but also consider an industrial career attractive. What is the preferred choice? I guess it is easier to go from GS PIA to McKinsey at a later stage than the other way around?! Any input?

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Jun 25, 2011

Two top firms and a very luxurious problem. If I had that choice I would go for GS 100 percent. I once read in an article that if you worked for goldman, you can work anywhere (that was before all the legal shit).

Jun 25, 2011

GS PIA.

Jun 25, 2011

I'd take GSPIA

Not because it's Goldman (in fact you can argue that McKinsey is more prestigious and has a stronger cachet), but because you're working in private equity (buy side vs professional services). However I heard (from others on this site) that GS is very much a financial buyer (don't operational improvement work as Bain cap or kkr) so if you really want to be a manager McKinsey might have an edge.

Jun 25, 2011

GS PIA. I'd argue it's the more flexible option and will get you wherever you want to go (not saying McKinsey won't, just that GS PIA is slightly better...)

Jun 25, 2011

clearly this should be decided based on what company is better rather than what suits your interests. after all, they are so far apart in quality, right?

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Jun 25, 2011

Doesn't matter that GSPIA doesn't do ops. Bain and KKR don't do ops either - unless you're in their ops groups.

McKinsey is easier to lateral into at a junior level (pre-EM, or what would be VP in Ibanking). GSPIA would actually be easier to lateral into at higher level (though not from McKinsey since you wouldn't have the requisite financial skills).

I'd go with GSPIA b/c I life finance. Go with McKinsey if your goal is to work for/ run a big company someday

Jun 25, 2011

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Jun 26, 2011

GS PIA analyst level?
Isn't the role 60-70% infrastructure PE biaised?

Was so when I intwed last month....

Jun 27, 2011

I would have a clear equity focus, but also the possibility to work with mezz, debt and real estate.

Jun 27, 2011

is this for a first year analyst role that starts in a month? you know which sub team you will join?

Jun 27, 2011

What's with all the monkey shit? Looks like somebody didn't get any of the jobs they wanted.

Jun 27, 2011

i'd wager more fortune 500 CEOs come from consulting than banking

Jun 27, 2011

i would rather choose Mckinsey or GE

Jun 27, 2011

But this is consulting vs. private equity though...

Jun 27, 2011
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