Partners Group Culture/Exit Opps/Comp

Would love any insights that anybody has on Partners Group. Lots of rave about it from anyone who goes to BYU, but would love to hear thoughts on exits, culture etc. in 2021.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Sep 12, 2021 - 5:13am

I feel like I've seen other threads re: PG, but I'll provide some insights. As context, I went through the analyst super day process a few years ago and received an offer, but ultimately chose a different opportunity. 

Compensation is pretty good. First year analyst salaries used to be ~10k above street, but with recent salary bumps in IB I'm not sure if it's changed. However their bonus structure is a bit lower than IB / similar PE roles. I think all-in comp ends up looking like ~115 AN1 and ~125 AN2 (at least it used to a couple years ago)

Brand: considering the AUM, PG doesn't have a super strong name brand within the PE world. Probably likely because its bread and butter was historically in the fund of funds space and it has only recently moved into the direct PE space in the US. 

Exits: meh. Not of lot of case studies to base it off of, but you definitely won't have the same optionality as you would out of IB, consulting, or other top-tier PE analyst progams (i.e. BX, Silverlake, KKR, etc.)

Work life balance: great. I hear there isn't much weekend work and that most people finish up by 8-10pm most nights at the latest

Office location: the Broomfield HQ is amazing (if you like the greater Denver area). Sweet office with open floor plan and attached cafeteria with good food. 

Seems like a great place to work if you like private markets investing and are willing to stay at one firm for a while. They tend to promote from within, so I'd look at PG as more of a long-term place to stay instead of a 2-years and out kinda gig. The rotational program is pretty cool if you don't know what interests you (get to look at RE, infra, directs, secondaries), but could also be a drawback if you DO know what you want (i.e. you know you like traditional direct PE investing). 

  • Associate 3 in PE - Other
Sep 12, 2021 - 8:45am

I work at PG and agree 100% with the above.

Just note that Broomfield is not Denver, ie; its almost impossible to swing the commute without a car.

Also they have kind of butchered the analyst program since theyve starting recruiting for associate roles from kids with 1 year of banking experience, while its impossible to get promoted to associate in that timeframe (2.5 years is track for good performers).  

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Sep 12, 2021 - 4:31pm

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