Vista Equity Partners Analyst Program

I'm doing an summer analyst internship at a MM bank right now. Me and a bunch of other people in my class got a blast email from a recruiter a VEP about summer networking events they're having in Chicago and NYC this month. I applied and (surprisingly) was invited.

Does anyone know anything about VEP's analyst program or recruiting process? I couldn't find too much online. I've been trying to get smart on the firm and tech in general. Today I read some CIMs from their companies my bank had sold and it seems fairly interesting, but I'd love to get insight from anyone else

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Jul 14, 2018


Jul 25, 2018

Do you mind sharing what types of questions were on the online aptitude tests? I understand that there's a personality one and a cognitive one, but would appreciate any insights!

Jul 14, 2018

They only take a couple of Analysts, and mostly from Stanford or another top school.

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Jul 14, 2018

I was looking through their website and LinkedIn and they have 10 analysts currently and most went to Duke, Harvard, Princeton, etc. There are a few current and a few previous analysts (and A2A associates) who went to like Lehigh or OSU. But, all of the analysts are summa cum laude / phi beta kappa / highest distinction and most every studied computer science and / or worked in the M&A or tech group at a big bank. That made me feel like the networking event was a firm marketing event to increase brand awareness than it is an indicator of the likelihood you'll even get an interview

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Jul 14, 2018

I believe it's a fairly new analyst program, so its difficult to say what exactly the analyst experience will be like. It's obviously a very good firm though, so it's probably worth attending the networking event and seeing how they describe the program and the expected roles/responsibilities of an analyst. They do also seem to be hiring more and from a wider variety of places than the other PE analyst programs.

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Aug 2, 2018

Believe that they've been doing this for ~10 years.

For reference, an alumni of my high school ended up doing the program then going into banking because he felt there was a glass ceiling in his current role.


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Its not a new program. It's been around since inception in 2000... Take it from someone whos been an analyst there, it's a phenomenally well structured program and if you can swing it, grab it and hold on as hard as you can. Vista is the best platform out there and you will be exceptionally more dangerous than any of your peers after graduating within Vista to associate and spending 2 years there as an associate.

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Apr 17, 2019

Hi Lexi,

I was wondering if you could elaborate on the difference between traditional PE Buyouts at Vista and your current experience in Growth Equity? How is the work / day-to-day differ between the two firms? Why did you move to Growth? Thanks.

Jul 26, 2018

Anyone hear back for first rounds yet?

Jul 27, 2018

first rounds already happened? Guess I didn't get selected, I did get an aptitude test though.

Jul 29, 2018

Superday will be Aug 4th in NY, so I assume if anyone hasn't heard back about first rounds yet, there's a low chance that'll happen.

life's easier when you're stupid

Jul 29, 2018

Did you hear back?

Jul 31, 2018

Have you heard back anything from first rounds (with a private equity analyst/associate)? They mentioned video interviews happening (i'm guessing that's going on now), but want to confirm.

Jul 31, 2018

I work for a (partially) Vista owned company. They're very stringent on what they invest in and who they take in. If you have the opportunity to start there, I'd definitely say take it.

I'm sure you already have, but review their portfolio of holdings they list on their website, because it's all over the place (but in a good way). Different portfolio members are going to have different natural markets, values and potential business, so make sure you check that out.

Aug 2, 2018

Has anyone received an invite to the superday yet?

Aug 29, 2018

Any comments on what the aptitude test was like?

Aug 29, 2018

Pretty basic - just a ton of random SAT like questions and you need to answer as many as possible.

Aug 30, 2018

Heard they have great culture and hours

Sep 3, 2018

It was founded by Robert Smith, the wealthiest black person in America. Oh, and he also married this former playboy playmate.
The guy is my hero.

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Sep 4, 2018

Vista rarely hires from outside for an above associate position. They have had the analyst program for 16 years and many current partners started as analyst. Strong track record of analyst to associate promote too. The summer analyst program is very new though.

Oct 1, 2018

Anybody hear back yet for a first round?

Oct 2, 2018

Curious about this too!

Oct 9, 2018

Which headhunter covers Vista?

Oct 19, 2018

Superday was on the 15th in Austin for the summer analyst program - offers are out.

Mar 21, 2019

Anyone participate in first rounds for the Analyst position in SF/CHI posted a few weeks ago?

Mar 22, 2019

What do you know? I did not but I want to know more.

Mar 22, 2019

I think the process is still going on. I know Vista's timeline is very drawn out. You need to do well, around 40+/50, on the cognitive test to be considered.

Mar 22, 2019

I completed my application a couple of days ago including the CCAT. Wasn't too hard, but I struggled with some of the vocab bits (which is unusual), but still pretty sure I didn't drop more than 10 (I only managed to answer 49).

I don't have any IBD/PE/HF experience though, so wondering if I'd get dropped anyway even if my CCAT scores are half decent.

Mar 28, 2019


Mar 29, 2019


Have you heard back? I've got nothing...

Mar 29, 2019

I got a notification "Someone at Vista Equity Partners viewed your profile" on LinkedIn a couple of days ago. That's about it lol.

Apr 24, 2019

just PM'd you! @newyorkermonkey

Apr 26, 2019