2018 Private Equity Industry Reports

Private Equity Company Statistics - As of December, 2018

These statistics are based solely on all user submissions to the WSO Company Database for employment through December, 2018. Each company is given an adjusted score using Bayesian estimates, which takes into account the number of reviews for a particular company. For more details, please see the Methodology FAQ below.

Interview Statistics

Hardest Interviews (1)
What fund has the hardest interview?
(1) Percentile calculated only based off of private equity firms that received at least two interview insights (87 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Best Interview Experience (1)
What fund has the best interview experience?
(1) Percentile calculated only based off of private equity firms that received at least two interview insights (87 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

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Professional Growth and Career Opportunities

Overall Employee Satisfaction (1)
Overall how satisfied are you working for this company?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Professional Growth Opportunities (1)
Your opportunities for professional growth?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Career Advancement Opportunities (1)
Your opportunities for career advancement?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

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Promotions and Fairness

Feedback (1)
Feedback you receive about your job performance?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Best Recognition (1)
Recognition and praise you receive when you do a good job?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Most Fair (1)
Fairness in how promotions are given and people are treated?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

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Compensation

Best Pay (1)
Your compensation compared with similar jobs elsewhere?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

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Senior Management

Best Communication (1)
Communications from management about important issues and changes?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Best Teamwork (1)
Information and knowledge sharing withing company?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Best Leadership (1)
Leadership abilities of senior management?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Competence (1)
Competence of senior management?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

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Reputation

Proudest Employees (1)
Company as a place you are proud to work?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Recommended (1)
Company as a place you would recommend to others to work?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.

Company Specific Data Available

Life Style

Time Off (1)
Management support for needed time off?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Best Work/Life Balance (1)
Employer support in balancing between work life and personal life?
(1) Percentile calculated based off of adjusted score only for private equity firms that received at least one vote (69 total firms). See Methodology FAQ below for more information.
Most Average Hours Worked (1)
How many hours do you work an average?
(1) Only includes private equity firms that received at least three submissions with hourly data (133 total firms).

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Methodology FAQ

How often is this data updated?
The rankings are constantly changing and evolving based on additional data we collect every day. The graphs and tables use the data from YTD and the prior 2 years. See tabs located above on this page to access previous year rankings.
Why do the average compensation numbers look so low?
Remember that the compensation you are accustomed to hearing for top performers in the top groups in New York is well above the average for cities around the world. The compensation average graphs are a global average which includes regional cities and groups that bring the average down. If you would like company and group specific compensation data, please visit the WSO Company Database.
Where does this data come from?
The compensation, review and interview data comes from WSO member submissions to the WSO Company Database. With over 50,000 submissions to date across thousands of companies, the database is solely a representation of what our members were paid and how they rank companies on various metrics. Please see below for a detailed breakdown of the member statistics for those that have contributed to the database.
What are the percentile rankings based on?
The percentile rankings of companies listed here are based on the current YTD and the prior two years of data for companies that received at least one vote. The simple average scores are converted into an Adjusted Score before the companies are ranked to take into account companies with a smaller sample size. This method uses Bayesian Statistics.
Why do you use Bayesian Statistics to adjust scores?
This methodology is used in order to account for standard deviation in rankings. As a company gets more rankings and data, we have more confidence that the average ranking is a true reflection of reality, so this is reflected in the adjusted scores and Percentile rankings. Learn more about Bayesian Statistics here.
Why don't I see company XYZ?
Some great smaller firms may not be represented in the rankings for the simple reason that we have not collected enough data to represent them accurately or for us to have enough data to display them at all.
What is the geographical representation of the submissions?
The WSO user base is very US-centric with approximately 70% of all submissions coming within the United States of America. Please see the detailed breakdown of the member statistics for those that have contributed to the database. For more company and city specific compensation, please visit the WSO Company Database.