Small Debt Fund - to stay or not to stay?

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Wondering what the community thinks. Is it worth starting a career at a smaller shop that is growing, or better to start somewhere more established?

Beckground:
I have been working at a private debt fund for ~1 year. They were successful in the past achieving somewhat consistent 10%+ returns doing opportunistic and esoteric loans (art, film, etc). As a result they grew quickly to roughly $1Bn. However they are still very much in growth mode and are very unorganized. the Pay is below market (<$70K base ~ 30% bonus ) with no sign of major improvement and deal flow is anemic. Is it worth staying on to grow with the firm or is it time to find a new shop?

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Aug 25, 2019

HF Kong, way too quiet in here. What about these resources:

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You're welcome.

Aug 28, 2019

Sounds like you know the answer already.

Aug 28, 2019

Stay at your current role but also be reaching out / looking for better opportunities. If you can land something better take it. In the meantime keep building your skills. This needs to be evaluated on a specific alternative vs. conceptual.

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Aug 29, 2019

Could you actually throw out some ballpark figures on deal flow? How many does the team see in an average month?

JUST DO IT. Don't let your memes be dreams.

Sep 2, 2019

My team has closed 1 deal since joining. The rest of the firm combined has closed 1 other.

Aug 29, 2019
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