quality of life - investment banking vs. pe

Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of how the quality of life at a PE firm compares to that at an investment bank. I'm talking about the analyst and associate level. Hours, weekends, pay?

Thanks.

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Sep 8, 2006 - 9:32am

It depends on the PE but the majority of them are not like TPG and instead only work you 8 until 8. That is a 60 hour week with very rare weekend work.

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Oct 11, 2006 - 2:23pm

I worked in Merchant banking at a BB and generally the hours were 8 to 8, maybe 10 if there is a lot to do. Never more than a 70 hour week, and they PRODUCED a lot for the bank.

Dec 15, 2006 - 7:17am

Just make sure that the larger fund you are looking at has actually gone ahead and hired more people to keep pace with the changing environment. Many have not, which means you will get killed there too (though you will be at the top of the game anyway, so if that is your thing it doesn't matter)...

Dec 27, 2006 - 7:28pm
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