PE 2018 recruiting - who's left?

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It seems now that nearly all the upper MM - largecaps firms have finished their process. Anyone know if there are there any firms still recruiting that run quick turnaround processes?

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Jan 20, 2017

Tag along with this question can someone please explain how the waves of recruiting work. Did all the big guys give out all the spots for 2018 start or do they fill out the class in blocks based on when they have clarity on hiring needs?

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Feb 6, 2017

Recruiting for the normal MM firms is pretty standardized because they have a pretty good idea about the likelihood of their next raise being successful since they are almost always raising new funds while deploying their previous raises. But that doesn't mean that they do no off cycle hiring, numerous reasons for doing an off cycle hire. Promotion, someone quits, they have a bigger raise than expected and need more staff to handle it, etc. Now that doesn't mean that every MM firm is always going to be doing off cycle hires, it just means that the might.

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Jan 20, 2017

No clue who's left...wondering that myself

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Jan 20, 2017

I think there's a good group of funds that's gonna kickoff soon. Got an email from a recruiter saying off cycle recruiting is starting soon. Maybe that's the "second wave." But yeah, guess it's either that or wait till next year for me.

Jan 20, 2017

A recruiter told me that one of the upper MM clients she had was doing their process on a rolling basis. Not sure if this is indicative of other firms (it is probably not). I imagine the next wave will be a number of $1-$5B MM shops. If that's your target, should be a healthy pipeline coming up (at least, so the HHs say).

Feb 2, 2017

Any updates on the where the MMs are at ? Are there firms that have yet to start their process ?

Feb 2, 2017

Guys let's chill out here a bit. Summer 2018 is still 18 months away and there are literally hundreds of firms left that haven't even started recruiting yet.

There isn't some master list of PE funds out there - you just need to be patient, keep in touch with recruiters and wait for opps to come up. The most important thing right now is to keep doing your job because honestly that's how you'll learn the most for interviews and at this stage in the process references are going to start to matter.

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Feb 2, 2017

Strongly echo this. I can't stress enough how most of WSO is completely unmindful of how many PE firms exist beyond the 30-40 most folks can name. People get very nervous and choked-up by the go buy-side list. There are many very good buy-side shops that will give you great experience and position you for a top MBA or a career track. I can't stress enough how open candidates need to be. One of my best buds just got accepted to HBS first round this past December. He's at a small PE shop you likely never heard of. I think most people on this forum wouldn't be open to a shop like his given the size but his team rallied behind him hard when it came time for the HBS and Stanford app. There is career value in the shops you'll learn about over the next 18 months. Be open to those opportunities. Keep in touch with recruiters. Keep networking. Something will hit. Things usually work out if you maintain your intensity.

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Feb 2, 2017

Thanks for sharing. In your opinion, what's the best way to get on these smaller firm's radar? I am assuming the big search firms (Henkel, SearchOne, etc.) don't have these guys at clients.

I do echo your sentiment. MF PE and even upper MM PE is not the end all be all that many make it out to be.

Feb 2, 2017

Excuse my lack of knowledge, but why does PE recruit 18 months into the future?

Feb 3, 2017

It used to be a little over a year into the future, which made sense since analysts signed on for 2 year stints. Over time, the process just crept up earlier and earlier.

Feb 3, 2017

For the same reason college football teams offer scholarships to 8th graders

Feb 3, 2017

I'm finished with the process so haven't been on top of it, but I got inbounds from DSP, BellCast and Oxbridge about $1-$5bn AUM opportunities as recently as a week ago. Saw one of my colleagues get emails from BellCast too. These might be more regional though. My colleague and I got inbounds about firms in our respective hometowns. Keep going strong! Part of this is a numbers game and practice.

Feb 6, 2017
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