Top fund placement vs boutique
I'm a third year IBD Analyst. Decided I didn't like the hours of banking/buyside and also the stress so wanted a change where I'd have a better work-life balance without taking too much of a paycut. I though PE funds of funds could have been a great option but i had no luck with recruitment which is when a recruiter introduced me to fund placement, offering a better work life balance with a small paycut.
So now im interviewing with one of the large/top fund placement agents i.e. park hill, campbell lutyens, rede partners etc.. and also a tiny unknown boutique fund placement agent.
I'm unsure which I would prefer to take as i really like the people i've met so far in both and would be happy in either
Pay: at the analyst and associate levels the boutique is offering a better base/bonus potential than the large fund placement agent (although both are still a paycut from IBD) unsure how the pay would look at the senior levels tho.
Hours: boutique offering better working hours (boutique aim to finish by 7.30pm whereas the large placement agent aim to finish by 8.30pm)
Dealflow: large fund placement has better deal flow
Size: large fund placement ofc has the bigger deals often in the $billions working with some of the top pe funds where as the boutique is working on small cap funds often below $100m size but this can still be interesting and cool working with small cap funds
Structure: the large fund placement will ofc have better structure, procedures and infrastructure as well as better training so my development/learning will be better
Responsibility: despite the structure point above the boutique will most likely offer more responsibility on transactions
level: the top pe fund placement wants me to do another 12 - 18 months as an analyst before associate promo, where as boutique is offering a review every 4 months to review me for a possible associate promo (i'm a third year IBD analyst so i'm due to be associate asap)
Exit ops: unsure on where i see myself in 10 years but if i wanted to leave the large pe fund placement could offer me exit ops to fund of funds PE later down the line as it has the brand, deal flow, deal size etc.. where as the boutique won't be able to offer this
Other: social aspect the large cap has more people and arrange social events
Unsure what to do really, any thoughts/advice?