I thought of this post when I was out with a colleague the other night, and was a few beers deep. We are both at the age when getting "wifed up" is a definite possibility. Turns out that a few weeks back, he overheard some of the senior partners talking about "Analyst X is going to be getting married, so they probably won't be willing to work the long hours anymore".
I get the issue if it were a female employee because mat leave is probably right around the corner, but from my perspective with male employees, having them get tied down is beneficial from a corporate perspective. It provides some stability to their personal lives (reflected at work) and increases the need for income, which should drive them to do what is necessary for work.
So is getting wifed up and starting a family career suicide, or were these two partners just full of shit?
Mod Note (Andy), to play devil's advocate - who agrees with what Alec Baldwin says in The Departed: