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Nov 13, 2021 - 9:21pm
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  • Principal in PE - LBOs
Nov 16, 2021 - 1:04am

I would be a bit more focused on understanding what the trajectory looks like rather than a single point in time economics.

If you're coming in at a Sr Associate level and will have carry tying you up, you're basically plotting out a career there.

If I were in your shoes, would want to understand how cash comp trends over time. How does carry allocation trend over time? What is the investment staff pyramid and is there growth headroom for you to take a meaningful role 10 years out? Hint: what will be your reason to exist there? Will need to carve out your own niche that is valued.

How old is the founder? Who are the rising stars? What has the track record been over multiple fund vintages? If a newer shop, how much do you believe in these guys? If an older shop, has aum been growing? If it has, is their specific strategy scalable or will it stall out at some point? Do you like the people, personally? Do they value the same things you do? If you're an animal, are they animals? If you're just trying to skate by and make a good living, are they cut from a similar cloth? If things go sideways for whatever reason, how marketable is your branding and experience?

None of that has anything to do with the ~400k total comp you'll make this year between cash and carry. A long term career in PE is worth 10s of millions of dollars when done right. Focus on optimizing for the other 29 years of wealth creation/satisfaction.

  • VP in IB - Cov
Nov 16, 2021 - 1:04am

Uhm. Where are you finding these jobs?

I fucking hate banking so much and im having a very hard time breaking into buyside; fuck even corp dev is hard now as people are viewing me as a career banker. Truth be told, I feel like I don't really know anything having done this for 7 years.

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