Wharton MBA Buy-side Report

Wharton reports its acceptance on December 16th… They have a ton of buy-side employers that gave offers to Wharton students. I finally have had the time to spend hours classifying the firms. Apologies for the mistakes. 3.4% went to Hedge Funds, 6.7% to investment management, 8.5% private equity, 1.7% to venture capital. So 20% of the class went to the buy-side. I think more hedge funds recruited at Wharton versus other schools, and I believe it’s less of a surprise. These start-up hedge funds are mostly in New York.

Wharton Employers Type
Al Masah Capital Asset Management
Asia Consumer Assest Management Asset Management
BlackRock, Inc. Asset Management
Brandywine Global Investment Management Asset Management
ClearBridge Investments Asset Management
Cornerstone Investment Partners Asset Management
Matthews International Capital Management Asset Management
MFS Investment Management Asset Management
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company Asset Management
Parnassus Investments Asset Management
PIMCO Asset Management
Schultze Asset Management, LLC Asset Management
Archer Capital Management Credit
Capitala Investment Group Credit
Newstone Capital Partners, LLC Credit
AlpInvest Partners Inc. Fund of Funds
Abraaj Capital Limited Hedge Fund
Andalusian Capital Partners Hedge Fund
Carlson Capital, L.P. Hedge Fund
Cartica Capital Hedge Fund
Citadel Investment Group, LLC Hedge Fund
Cleargate Capital Hedge Fund
Crestwood Capital Management, LP Hedge Fund
Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP Hedge Fund
Elliott Management Corporation Hedge Fund
Emerson Capital, LP Hedge Fund
Falcon Investment Advisors Hedge Fund
Fir Tree Partners Hedge Fund
Glade Brook Capital Partners Hedge Fund
Hahn Capital Hedge Fund
Hawkeye Capital Managment, LLC Hedge Fund
Hitchwood Capital Hedge Fund
Incline Global Management, LLC Hedge Fund
Ionic Capital Management Hedge Fund
JAT Capital Management LP Hedge Fund
JHL Capital Group LLC Hedge Fund
KAUST Investment Management Company Hedge Fund
King Street Capital Management, L.P. Hedge Fund
Knighthead Capital Management Hedge Fund
Luxor Capital Hedge Fund
LW Investment Management Hedge Fund
Marathon Asset Management Hedge Fund
Midwood Capital Management Hedge Fund
Mount Kellett Capital Management Hedge Fund
Owl Creek Asset Management Hedge Fund
Rivulet Capital Hedge Fund
SAC Capital Advisors, LLC Hedge Fund
Soros Fund Management LLC Hedge Fund
Sovarnum Capital Hedge Fund
Stelliam Investment Management Hedge Fund
Stone Lion Capital Partners Hedge Fund
Tamarack Capital Management Hedge Fund
Tiger Legatus Capital Management Hedge Fund
Tybourne Capital Management Hedge Fund
York Capital Management Hedge Fund
American Securities LLC Private Equity
Angelo, Gordon & Co. Private Equity
Aqua Capital Partners Private Equity
Argonaut Private Equity Private Equity
Artisan Partners Limited Partnership Private Equity
Avista Capital Partners Private Equity
Bain Capital, LLC Private Equity
Baring Private Equity Asia Limited Private Equity
Baron Capital, Inc. Private Equity
Battery Ventures Private Equity
Blackstone Group LP, The Private Equity
Bridge Growth Partners Private Equity
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Equity
Carlyle Group, The Private Equity
CarVal Investors Private Equity
Centerbridge Partners, L.P. Private Equity
CenterSquare Investment Management Private Equity
CITIC PE Private Equity
Clarion Partners Private Equity
Cressey & Company LP Private Equity
Ecus Private Equity Private Equity
Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) Private Equity
Formation Capital Private Equity
GI Partners Private Equity
GP Investments Private Equity
Graham Partners Private Equity
GTCR Private Equity
H.I.G. Capital Private Equity
HarbourVest Partners Private Equity
Hermitage Capital Management Private Equity
Hony Capital Private Equity
Impact Investment Group Private Equity
Intervale Capital Private Equity
Kamylon Capital Private Equity
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Company Private Equity
L Capital Private Equity
NaviMed Capital Private Equity
Permira Advisors L.L.C. Private Equity
Riverside Partners, LLC Private Equity
Signal Hill Equity Partners Private Equity
Snow Lake Capital Private Equity
Summit Park Partners Private Equity
Teton Capital Private Equity
Vector Capital Private Equity
Vestar Capital Partners Private Equity
Vista Equity Partners Private Equity
Warburg Pincus LLC Private Equity
Wellspring Capital Management Private Equity
WestBridge Capital Private Equity
Commerce Ventures Venture Capital
DreamIt Ventures Venture Capital
Earlybird Venture Capital Venture Capital
Edison Ventures Venture Capital
Education Pioneers and NewSchools Venture Fund Venture Capital
Evolution Media Capital Venture Capital
Genacast Ventures Venture Capital
Headland Capital Partners Venture Capital
HLM Venture Partners Venture Capital
ICICI Ventures Venture Capital
Kapor Capital Venture Capital
Kibo Ventures Venture Capital
Longitude Capital Venture Capital
Sadara Ventures Venture Capital
Sequoia Capital Venture Capital
Shineon Capital Management Venture Capital
Thrive Capital Venture Capital
Winklevoss Capital Venture Capital
Winona Capital Management Venture Capital

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.

My story and why MBA?

It’s November 24, 2014, and I decided to take up blogging to describe my MBA application experience. The primary driver of starting this blog is to help other members of gmatclub.com, since I have used gmatclub pretty religiously during application season and preparing for the GMAT. You can find my name on gmatclub as JohnThunder.

Personal Background

I am an Asian-american male and part of the “over-represented minority.” I attended an ivy league for undergrad with an average GPA and worked in investment banking for a few years and currently at an investment management firm. I play basketball in my free-time and am involved with Chinatown community service. I also create stock pitches in my free time (yes this is nerdy) and analyze NBA game film (again pretty nerdy).

Why Business School?

Everyone wants to be their own boss and not want to work for the MAN. At my current firm, its structure is less of a meritocracy and more of an experience-based promotion model. When I was in investment banking, I was a maniac and got rewarded for it. At my current firm, it seems like it’s less about your work but more about how you look, what time you show up, how you present yourself with senior management, and etc. These “soft skills” I am really not the best at, and I barely have time to get through all my work and do not want to waste time schmoozing. Anyways, first goal of mine is to learn more about myself and receive real feedback to improve my leadership and management skills. Second, I want to do a startup. Third, I want to find a professor to be my mentor in the long-term.

So I knew about these goals a year before I applied to bschool. I think its important to start way ahead of time. I took Manhattan GMAT course, which costs ~$1,200, and thought it was a waste of money. Their offices suck, and the computer lab is from the 1990s. I did not see much score improvement from Manhattan, but when I started to do old GMAT problems from gmatclub.com, I saw an incredible increase in mainly verbal. I was specifically targeting 700+ questions which I would get wrong today. I probably could have scored higher the second time but in my first try I got a 730 in the winter 2013. Feel free to contact me for tips. I was a quant major so I didn’t work on the math section much and just focused on verbal.

Business Schools:

I applied to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Booth, and Kellogg. Yes, it’s pretty much all the top schools.

I was rejected at Harvard, and I have not heard back from Stanford. I assume Stanford is a DING!!!!! even though I spent the most amount of time on that application.

I interviewed at Wharton, Sloan, Booth, and Kellogg. I will describe the interview and how I applied in further detail in follow-up posts.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, and I will answer them all.