Post-MBA Restructuring Recruiting

Does Columbia Business School place well into post-MBA IB restructuring roles? I will have spent two years in O&G IB, two years in O&G PE, and will be matriculating at CBS in the fall of 2019 (Class of 2021). Appreciate the color. CBS's employment report doesn't break out different IB roles that its students successfully land.

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Oct 2, 2018 - 7:42pm

LordGeoff, hey, look at the bright side, at least you didn't get a ton of monkey shit thrown at is my best guess on threads that might be helpful:

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Oct 14, 2018 - 12:05pm

Applied ED towards the end of July. CBS promises a quick turnaround on applications. Total process length was approximately 6 weeks from clicking submit to final decision (including interview).

Good call on reaching out to the IB group. I will check there next!

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:11pm

A few restructuring shops (HL, GH) recruit on campus but most only hire 1 - 2 for the summer. The larger EBs with restructuring all feature it as well, but again, most are looking to hire only 1 for the summer. Look into the Restructuring and Distressed Investing club.


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Oct 15, 2018 - 9:18pm

That's completely dependent on prior experience. If you have the experience PE funds are looking for, then there are most likely more opportunities there, if not, this question is moot.


Oct 15, 2018 - 1:54pm

Are you able to break back into banking as an experienced hire and skip the three years of associate? I was under the impression that everyone that heads back to banking is an Associate I again. Can people jump in as A-II / A-III or VP?

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:39am

Are you able to break back into banking as an experienced hire and skip the three years of associate? I was under the impression that everyone that heads back to banking is an Associate I again. Can people jump in as A-II / A-III or VP?

I don't know all that much about the ins and outs of MBA recruiting, but I do know that you could have theoretically gotten promoted to associate after your analyst years 2 years ago. So you're stepping backwards, no?

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Oct 28, 2018 - 9:08pm

I have a feeling you could apply at least for associate roles now (through headhunters or referral for lateral) and get brought in as at least Associate 1 in a reputable firm - assuming you worked at a decent bank. Qualified associates are in a shortage and people would quickly pick you up. If you don't want people to pay you a full year in bonus you can probably do that right now or wait until front end of next year. Too late in the cycle for guarantee / full year bonus.

Will save you few years and $. Note that this applies to regular IB roles - idk how restructuring would vary. But worth trying while you are waiting to start MBA.

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