VP Work-Life Balance Worse than Associate?
Hey guys! I'm a relatively new (promoted YE 2020) VP at a growth equity firm and am finding it tough to keep my head above water getting started.
As an associate, ~60% of my job was sourcing… which is kind of nice from a work-life perspective because 1) it's a largely self-driven event, you can control how active it is based on deals / bandwidth, and 2) no CEO is gonna take your call at 10 PM on a weekend so "at desk" hours were relatively predictable when not on something live (20-30% of the time)
Now as a VP I am basically involved in live deals and/or early stage ones where we are very serious 100% of the time and am quickly finding that everything is a fire drill and I'm getting blown up all the time.
I'm sure my buyout peers won't have much sympathy for me here, but would be curious if this is just a byproduct of my earlyish tenure and will normalize with time, or if my sorry WLB is here to stay. And any tips on how to better manage the transition would be awesome as wel!