Private Equity to Corporate Strategy / Tech - advice?
I'm a first year Associate at a MM PE firm in NY, and previously did two years at a. After spending the last ~8 months getting completely grinded (not to mention 2 years in IB) in an all virtual environment, I find myself constantly thinking about the life experiences I am missing, and want to transition to a job that has more reasonable work life balance. I am specifically interested in pursuing strategy / strat. finance type roles at a high-growth tech company in SF or NY (or remote!). This would include both FAANG+, as well as established "hot" startups (Series B/C/D, etc.).
A quick search here shows tons of forums on switching from corporate roles to PE/IB, but surprisingly few about those that go the other way around. I'm sure many of you have made that transition, and I would be curious to here your thoughts on topics such as the following:
- Why did you decide to leave PE, and what type of role you pursued
- Pros / cons: Do you feel like this job accrued to your life happiness and career satisfaction? Do you feel that there are meaningful growth opportunities (in both comp and responsibility)? Do you regret leaving the finance safety net?
- When you decided to make the transition (after 2 year associate program, after B School, etc.)
- Thoughts on someone leaving after one year in PE to pursue such an opportunity?