Booth Buy-side Employment Report

Booth is well known for its finance program.

9% go into investment management, 5% private equity, and 3% venture capital. I do believe the Polsky center and other programs help position Booth over other schools with buy-side placements. 17% of the class go to the buy-side (15% of the class went into investment banking). Anyhow here’s the same breakdown of employers:

Booth Employer Industry
Calamos Asset Management, Inc Asset Management
Cupps Capital Management, LLC Asset Management
Dimensional Fund Advisors Asset Management
EDM Asset Management Limited Asset Management
Enhanced Capital Partners, LLC Asset Management
Fidelity Investments Asset Management
Franklin Templeton Investments Asset Management
Janus Capital Management LLC Asset Management
Martin Investment Management, LLC. Asset Management
New York Life Investment Management LLC Asset Management
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC Asset Management
PIMCO Asset Management
Putnam Investment Management, LLC Asset Management
WEDGE Capital Management L.L.P. Asset Management
Wellington Management Company, LLP Asset Management
William Harris Investors, Inc. Asset Management
Castlelake, L.P. Credit
Varde Partners, Inc. Credit
Castle Union LLC Distressed PE
McNally Capital Family Office
Abraaj Capital Hedge Fund
Appaloosa Management L.P. Hedge Fund
Carlson Capital, L.P. Hedge Fund
Citadel Hedge Fund
Copia Capital LLC Hedge Fund
David Capital Partners, LLC Hedge Fund
Goudy Park Capital LP Hedge Fund
Tiger Pacific Capital Hedge Fund
Tough Mudder LLC Hedge Fund
Volition Capital LLC Hedge Fund
Charter School Growth Fund Non–profit PE
Akoya Capital LLC Private Equity
Altamar Private Equity Private Equity
Angelo, Gordon & Co. Private Equity
Apollo Global, Inc. Private Equity
Baird Capital Partners Private Equity
Baring Private Equity Asia Private Equity
Bridge Investments LLC Private Equity
Capvis Equity Partners AG Private Equity
Cartesian Capital Group, LLC. Private Equity
Catterton Partners Corp. Private Equity
CIM Group, LP Private Equity
CITIC Capital Holdings Limited Private Equity
CITIC Private Equity Funds Management Co., Ltd. Private Equity
Clearwater Capital Partners, LLC Private Equity
Concentric Equity Partners, L.P. Private Equity
Council Capital Private Equity
Equator Capital Partners, LLC. Private Equity
Equity Group Investments, LLC Private Equity
Fireman Capital Partners Private Equity
Fortress Investment Group LLC Private Equity
Foundation Capital Private Equity
H.I.G. Capital Private Equity
HGGC, LLC Private Equity
KKR Capstone Asia Limited Private Equity
Pfingsten Partners, LLC Private Equity
Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC Private Equity
Sanari Capital Private Equity
The Pritzker Group Private Equity
Thoma Bravo LLC Private Equity
Wind Point Partners Private Equity
Winona Capital Management Private Equity
Acumen Fund, Inc. Venture Capital
Detroit Venture Partners, LLC Venture Capital
Hyde Park Angels Venture Capital
KaszeK Ventures Venture Capital
Legend Capital Venture Capital
Lightbank LLC Venture Capital
MK Capital Venture Capital
OCA Ventures Venture Capital
Santa Fe Capital Group Venture Capital
Scale Venture Partners Venture Capital
Union Park Capital Venture Capital
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My Ranking of Schools and Details about Kellogg Interview

My three goals of business school: entrepreneurship, network, and professor mentor. I want to build something. I want to meet new people and create life-long friendships. I want to work closely with a professor on a finance research project and have him to fall-back on when I have theoretical questions while on-the-job (I am always intellectually curious and question every investment made).

I will be happy to get accepted to any of the business schools on my list. But right now at this moment, I would rank my choices: Sloan, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg. In reality, these 4 schools interchange ranking everyday as I do more diligence. Sloan has the best entrepreneurship track and small class to get to know professors. Great alumni network. Wharton has the best finance program and has the Wharton West campus. Booth is strong in both finance and entrepreneurship with the New Venture Challenge. Kellogg has unique programs like the AMP (Asset Management Practicum) that caught my eye, and the culture at Kellogg I definitely identify with the most. Furthermore, I could finally have a team to truly root for in college sports.

Now the purpose of this post is to focus on my thoughts on Kellogg. I interviewed in November. Kellogg interviews everyone in the USA I believe, and they use a mix of first-year, second-year, alumni, and admission officer. So I flew in for the interview in the morning. I showed up actually 45 minutes early! However… I did not call the admissions office to ask about parking guidance, since this is Evanston, Illinois! It should have parking everywhere! Lo’ and behold, I parked at the wrong spot. Recommendation: call ahead of time to ask about parking.

I was not impressed with Kellogg’s building, but I do appreciate having a campus and living close to campus. My interviewer asked standard questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why Kellogg?
  3. Why MBA?
  4. What kind of leader are you?
  5. Describe yourself in 2-3 words.
  6. What do your friends think about you?

There were a few other questions I may have left out. I did not prepare the “what kind of leader am I” question, since I really lead in various ways based on various circumstances. On a side note, Kellogg has the most impressive online presence. You can sign up in their portal to list your background, and they will automatically connect with you a student of a similar background. I learned a lot about the finance and AMP program. The AMP program could definitely be the kicker if I get accepted to multiple schools.

For those preparing for Kellogg, I recommend speaking to students and get a gist of the culture. I definitely see the culture at Kellogg more collaborative and less competitive compared to other schools.