A recruiter recently called me with two potential positions. I know the recruiter fairly well and he's brought me things before, so I trust him when he says I'm the type of candidate both are looking for and my chances of getting my choice are well above average. Both positions are CFO roles; the first is of a multibillion subsidiary of a fortune 50, with the overall cfo two notches above me.The other is a smaller company where I'm theoretically the top guy but really it's part of the private equity portfolio and the investors rule. In my working career thus far I spent about 5 years at a portfolio company and about 10 at a fortune 10, and a few at a fortune 300, plus a mix of other things, so I'm familiar with the work environments and management challenges inherent to each, though perhaps not in recent times. My bias is toward the fortune 50 job but I've always wanted to get back into PE "someday". I probably have 10 solid years ahead of me in my career, more if it becomes more interesting/broad or goes into general management. I need about 3-4 years at my current earning level to have "enough" to retire, but the faster I get enough and the more I beat enough by the happier I'll be So, after that long winded intro, my questions are: 1) what sort of questions should ask the PE company about comp? What's good and what's bad in terms of buyout structures, etc? The entirety of my executive experience has been at mega corps so I'm out of my element here and I don't want to negotiate poorly. 2) is there life after PE portfolio senior management? I get the impression you (maybe) get a big payday and then you retire, and getting back into a mega corp is impossible and into another PE only slightly less impossible. Feels more like a capstone job to take once I've hit my "enough" vs taking it with an expectation to get my "enough" from it 3) what would you choose and why? Thanks!