Blackstone is still a relatively small place in terms of number of employees, despite its global reach and leadership position in alternatives. If you have good ideas, the firm will put talent and resources behind them, which ultimately is the best thing for your career. We provide people with a broad range of exposure and then reward smart initiative-taking.
What surprised you the most about Blackstone/your group when you first joined?
I was most surprised by the opportunistic nature of the firm’s business strategy – Business groups are able to identify opportunities and organize people and resources to capitalize on them quickly. It is
truly an extraordinary place from that perspective.
What’s your typical day like?
We spend a lot of time crafting customized investment solutions for our clients. It would not be unusual to meet with a public pension plan or sovereign wealth fund in the morning and then spend the rest of the day working with our portfolio managers and hedge fund partners to construct an investment solution that meets the client’s risk and return objectives.
What advice would you give potential candidates?
This is a very down-to-earth place, and we place a premium on hiring people who can work in teams. We look for the smartest, hardest-working people that we can find, but don't forget to bring your personality and sense of humor to the interview as well.
Graduated Yale Law School and began federal clerkship
Joined Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate associate
Joined Blackstone as a Vice President in BAAM, named Head of Global Business Strategy for BAAM, promoted to Senior Managing Director
Joined BAAM's Investment Committee and launched its first dedicated Product Development Group
I knew that people at Blackstone would be smart and hard working, but I was surprised by the collegial atmosphere in the real estate group. The team truly likes each other and enjoys working together and this creates a pleasant work environment.
What makes Blackstone a unique place to work?
Blackstone has a unique blend of demand for excellence and high quality of life that I have not been able to find elsewhere. The real estate group values success but also places huge value on integrity and personal character.
What assignments/deals have been most rewarding?
As a liaison with our limited partners I often have the privilege of working with our high profile partners, which is always challenging and rewarding. I am also fortunate that, being on the front lines with our partners; I am often (undeservedly) the recipient of praise for our investment decisions. It is very rewarding to be acknowledged for helping to achieve an increase in a portfolio that will ensure that pensioners have benefits upon retirement.
How has Blackstone helped your career aspirations?
Blackstone is a challenging work environment, full of smart, hard working and motivated individuals. Being surrounded by talent encourages me to continue to strengthen my skills which, in turn, has helped me to move forward in my career.
Graduated from law school and joined a major NY law firm
Joined a private equity real estate firm