I am looking at 2019 internship opportunities as a junior. I am currently working at a startup hedge fund, however am looking at opportunities at bulge bracket firms as well.
Do you have any advice between staying at a small, entrepreneurial hedge fund in which you are able to tangibly affect the businesses's day to day operations, relative to taking an opportunity at a bulge bracket firm? I have subsidized several strategies utilized within the firm, and also generated research. Is it a bad career decision to start my career at a small hedge fund? Or will I still have opportunities if I decide to leave/if it fails?
I view the trade offs as:
- Worse work life balance at Bulge Brackets
- More established brand on resume at BBs
- Opportunity to learn and develop in both environments, however they are different
- Easier time finding exit opportunities out of a BB (or am I mistaken?)
Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.