Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

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Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:53 am

Looking at a V50 HQ in major market & V25 in secondary market I really like. Wouldn't mind working in the major market for a few years then making a move to secondary for COL $$$. But any downside to starting off in the secondary market in the first place?

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby LaLiLuLeLo » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:06 pm

Let's flip it around OP: what's the upside in starting in a market you don't want to be in long term?

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:16 pm

LaLiLuLeLo wrote:Let's flip it around OP: what's the upside in starting in a market you don't want to be in long term?


From talking with folks, I think the HQ in major market does a lot bigger deals w/ big name clients. The office in secondary market has smaller, middle-market clients. So I guess exit ops? On the downside, it's in a high COL area.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby barkschool » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:21 pm

Your SA may not be as fun, but that's probably it.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby trebekismyhero » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:22 pm

Generally I think it is better to be at a firm's HQ or at least one of their bigger offices because you get exposed to bigger clients and more partners/associates. But if you would rather live in the secondary market long term it probably makes sense to just start there.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby sawyercb » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:34 pm

I think it depends on the firm. If a firm truly embraces inter-office collaboration, it shouldn't matter what office you start in. For example, I'm currently in a smaller market at a big firm with offices in NYC, DC, etc. I do some work that comes out of the smaller market that I'm in and I also often work with partners in the major market offices on bigger deals.

You should talk to current associates to try to get a sense of how "real" any claimed inter-office work is.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby zot1 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:22 pm

You'll be invited to less parties.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:53 pm

Totally, 100 percent depends on the firm.

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Re: Any downside to starting off in satellite office?

Postby barkschool » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:44 pm

zot1 wrote:You'll be invited to less parties.



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