Moving from East Coast to West Coast

First year analyst about to start working at a top tech group at a BB in New York. Being originally from the West Coast, I was wondering how difficult it is to exit into PE on the West Coast. Given that I'm working in NYC, will I be contacted only by recruiters looking to fill east coast positions? I'm specifically interested in working at a tech-focused private equity firms (Silverlake, Francisco Partners, Vista Equity, etc.) or possibly a growth equity fund in SF.

Private Equity Interview Course

  • 2,447 questions - 203 PE funds. Crowdsourced from 750k+ members
  • 9 Detailed LBO Modeling Tests and 15+ hours of video solutions.
  • Trusted by over 1,000 aspiring private equity professionals just like you.

Comments (11)

Best Response
Jul 8, 2015 - 9:17pm

Recruiting for west coast positions is very possible. Most of the top recruiters have employees that focus on different cities, so even if you initially meet someone in-person in NY who focuses on NY opportunities, they can easily put you in touch with someone from their west coast team. Given your situation, it is very important you start speaking with recruiters early in the process. Essentially, that means you should actually respond when those mass emails start coming around in November/December to set up preliminary meetings/phone calls. Don't wait for them to send follow-up emails in January before making contact. Make it very early on that you are committed to the west coast. A lot of shops on the west coast have well-established recruiting pools that are also on the west coast (e.g., former IB analysts who worked in SF groups) but that doesn't mean candidates from NY do not get a fair shake. Making your interests and reasons for the move known to recruiters early on will help ensure you are considered during the prime recruiting period, rather than after shops have already taken a first wave or two at interviewing local candidates.

I faced a similar process while recruiting for private equity (working IB in a different city than where I wanted to end up). Happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Jul 10, 2015 - 4:37pm

West coast opportunities after 2 years on East Coast (Originally Posted: 02/07/2008)

Hello,

I am currently an analyst in NYC at a lower BB (Think UBS, CS, DB). I am at an industry group and I was wondering what can I do after my first 2 or 3 years are over, as far as West Coast opportunities are concerned. How hard would it be for someone to move to West Coast, working for a good boutique or a mid market PE shop? How should one approach the process? Thanks a lot for any responses!

Learn More

300+ video lessons across 6 modeling courses taught by elite practitioners at the top investment banks and private equity funds -- Excel Modeling -- Financial Statement Modeling -- M&A Modeling -- LBO Modeling -- DCF and Valuation Modeling -- ALL INCLUDED + 2 Huge Bonuses.

Learn more
Jul 10, 2015 - 4:40pm

You should have no problem getting interviews in any part of the country. My advice (as far as private equity is concerned) is stick to the big three - CPI, SG Partners, Oxbridge. They are usually on retainer with all the larger mid market and large cap shops and run a fairly organized process on behalf of their clients (so shops without an HR department can funnel candidates easily). A few people I know used places like Glocap, Search One or Dynamix...all with terrible results.

Jul 10, 2015 - 4:41pm
GameTheory:
You should have no problem getting interviews in any part of the country. My advice (as far as private equity is concerned) is stick to the big three - CPI, SG Partners, Oxbridge. They are usually on retainer with all the larger mid market and large cap shops and run a fairly organized process on behalf of their clients (so shops without an HR department can funnel candidates easily). A few people I know used places like Glocap, Search One or Dynamix...all with terrible results.

Good advice GameTheory - this thread marked for 2 years from now when I'll be in the same situation.

- Capt K - "Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, bait the hook with prestige." - Paul Graham
  • 1
Jul 10, 2015 - 4:42pm

Stick to the big three and you should have no problems. I know a few people who have made the East to West Coast switch, all using one of the three.

--There are stupid questions, so think first.
Jul 10, 2015 - 4:45pm

Consequatur vel nobis quae eligendi blanditiis vel earum. Impedit recusandae odio aut reiciendis. Fugiat quam est distinctio aut sit. Et quae itaque provident distinctio in. Consequatur vel cumque voluptatibus asperiores.

Voluptatem velit nulla mollitia rerum. Id dolores quia eos nobis. Quia deserunt consequatur fuga aspernatur cupiditate hic. Atque voluptas iusto voluptas tempora sint odio aut maxime.

Ling~

Start Discussion

Popular Content See all

Total Avg Compensation

September 2021 Private Equity

  • Principal (7) $694
  • Director/MD (18) $575
  • Vice President (67) $365
  • 3rd+ Year Associate (68) $270
  • 2nd Year Associate (139) $254
  • 1st Year Associate (284) $222
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (25) $160
  • 2nd Year Analyst (61) $135
  • 1st Year Analyst (184) $118
  • Intern/Summer Associate (20) $67
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (219) $59