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Apr 25, 2011 - 5:47pm


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Apr 25, 2011 - 9:05pm

Thanks for posting. Just curious for those who are considering doing oil and gas in Houston do you think it usually helps to have ties to the area? I've got ZERO connections to Houston and oil and gas and am wondering if there might be a cultural barrier. Can anyone speak to specifics on group culture in BBs down south? i.e. I've heard they've got a fratty vibe and many of the guys working there are from local universities. TIA

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Apr 25, 2011 - 10:00pm

It definitely helps to have ties to the area, for two primary reasons.

One, it just helps with fit. If I know what you're talking about when you say Kirby and Westheimer, and say you live in West U and you/your kid went to Kinkaid, etc....our conversation is going to be a lot more comfortable.

Two, the banks are pretty wary (maybe more so at the associate level) of people who would secretly rather do new york and are just using Houston to break in or as a backup. So if you have ties to the area, you dont have to prove your desire to be in Houston as much/at all.

Ties to the industry are not as important, but if you do have them, it is a huge plus (more so than being from the area). The technical nature of oil and gas is such that it helps a great deal to know the lingo. Obviously this is more relevant at the associate level.

Having said all of that, it is by no means impossible to break in if you were an engineer from bumbleballs minnesota. Of those of us going to Houston from my MBA program, there are engineers, military, s&t, complete random nonsense from the insurance world, real estate and then of course a few who had oil and gas experience (but not oil and gas finance). Only about half had ties to Houston.

Id prefer to comment on the culture of the offices privately. Some are fratty by the Southern definition, not the meat head yankee definition, some not so much.

Apr 25, 2011 - 10:25pm

More of the 'good 'ol boys' and less of the 'frat frat bro frat bro'?

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Apr 25, 2011 - 11:01pm

Vineyard Vines and golf rather than lax bros. Interesting.

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Apr 26, 2011 - 6:29am

I agree with Cartwright's post about just fitting in..... Its speaks volumes to know the area from first hand livingb exp.. you have no idea how often someone will mention a little hole in the wall and 5 people jump in and have views on it... you just cant get that if you dont know the area... and 100% agree I can tell when you use Houston as backup.... most folks at UT/Rice MBA have their sights on Houston from the start...

May 1, 2011 - 6:26pm
Cartwright or Monty - ever try bubba's texas burger shack? I drive by it sometimes and it's such a hole in the wall, but always has nice/semi-nice cars outside

Some dudes at my work got this the other day. Shit smelled delicious. Might have to try it now...

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May 10, 2011 - 12:10pm

I'm from that soufwest, ALIEF TEJAS baby!!! It's funny how Houston has changed over the years. We're BIG time now.

If you guys like burger joints, ya'll need to hit up Tornado Burger. Its off of 59 and West Belfort, just before Sugar Land starts. Probably some of the best burgers in town.

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