Made a joke with my associate today and it didn’t go down well…

At the office earlier today, my associate said he was going to go into the data room,(i obviously know what it is) and I said "can I come? I haven't been to it yet" and he said to me that this type of immaturity isn't suitable for the workplace. WTF is wrong with this guy or is it me

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1mo 
hizqfkvzvsryjvguwy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's possible he thought your joke was malicious probably best to avoid sarcasm

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

I don't understand, how could it be malicious? That doesn't make any sense

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  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov
1mo 

Your associate needs to relax and you need some better jokes…

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  • Intern in ER
1mo 

I thought it was a great joke. The type of joke i would make

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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
1mo 

Great to hear. Can I DM you and we can discuss my top jokes and lateral opps at MS?

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  • Works at Morgan Stanley
1mo 
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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
1mo 

I don't get why the mods removed the comment. The comment was a joke and no one was getting doxxed. James Gorman is the CEO of Morgan Stanley and his email isn't hard to guess

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

We can discuss this in my DMs, always open to a lateral to MS. Even though I'm 23 I think I have what it takes to add value as an MD js

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
1mo 

How do I DM you? You're anonymous. I like that we think alike though.

Best,

Incoming Top Bucket Analyst at MS

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 
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  • Intern in IB - Cov
1mo 
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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
1mo 
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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
1mo 

Bro I just hated older MBA associates at my internship (except past veterans). These guys make life living hell because either they don't know how to do simple tasks or they'll constantly keep working and make you work late every night as well (latter being even worse because no one wants to work until 3 every night, except these guys, and they don't allow you to joke at all)

  • Intern in ER
1mo 

i love veterans, very down-to-earth and cool people to hang out with, as one might expect

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Doubt he'd get picked due to the lack of height

  • Intern in IB - Cov
1mo 

Lol I made a joke to a senior banker about his injury (it worked very well in the context, and he found it funny). Your associate sounds like a dunce, but I'll be honest, I have no idea what your joke is supposed to be. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Data room isn't a physical room

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
1mo 

What is it? I never heard that phrase as an intern, and I had to do a lot of random information gathering. We had a service we called "info center" which was our research team, if that's what "data center" means

1mo 
high hopes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Data room isn't a physical room

It used to be

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  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
1mo 

Lol 5'3? Next time he speaks to you like that just pat him on his little head and laugh.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

I'd honestly love to do this. He needs a good hazing. Worst part is he's from the worst frat on campus so it's even more laughable. Bald 5'3 no bitches such a L life I take pity on him

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  • Works at Goldman Sachs
1mo 

I'd honestly love to do this. He needs a good hazing. Worst part is he's from the worst frat on campus so it's even more laughable. Bald 5'3 no bitches such a L life I take pity on him

All good points. One suggestion is to stop talking about Greek life now that you're no longer in college though 

  • Teller in IB-M&A
1mo 

WTF LMAOO?? bro started straight flaming

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1mo 
BigKahunaBanker🏄🍹🍔, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It was a decent joke and he sounds like an insecure douche. Keep your shine, crazy diamond.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
1mo 

Imagine being so insecure that you cant take a joke that isnt even about you lmao

1mo 
BoutiqueAsc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Two things:

  1. Is this US or UK? I worked in both and found the UK was more hierarchical / formal atleast at my EB. Also with non-native English speakers it's tougher to get them to laugh and sometimes they just don't get jokes at all. 
  2. Regardless, you can always get a feel for whether someone is humorous or not and the types of jokes that would land. I use probably 10 different ways of talking to people at work (I crack jokes much more profane / out there with junior staff, but am obviously much more hesitant to joke with people above me). It sounds obvious but some don't entirely get it. 

It sounds like a funny joke though and I'm sure you're fun to work with - but you need to adapt to his style of working unfortunately until you work with someone else. If it gets really out of hand post here again and we can give you some further advice lol...

1mo 
cimshot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Associate sounds like one of those guys who's barley hanging on. Tread lightly mate.

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1mo 
Hero, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The joke is adorable and endearing. To be honest, you must have accidentally said it in a salty/monotone/strange way in order to warrant such a response.

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
1mo 

Was it during a fire drill?

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Semi, but I don't think it's that tbh. Some people are just weird lol. We all work in the same firm just relax and do your job. No need to be a hardo or an asshole to anyone. I just try to treat people the way I would want to be treated

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
1mo 

How doesn't anyone realize this same joke was posted about a year ago lol

1mo 
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The purpose of work is work not to have fun. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Who said it wasn't? But if you can't be in a workplace and make conversation or make jokes with people you spend the majority of your days with that's no life to live

1mo 
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't trust my coworkers. A lot of people in finance are ruthless and will backstab you when they can.

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  • Intern in ER
1mo 

What most stuck-up managers don't realize is that the average IB analyst is like 23, imagine being expected to ditch all kicks and giggles when you join the corporate world at age 22 and just put up a somber face every day like your grandpa in the 50s lol. The male brain doesn't even fully mature until age 25, people need to let it rest lol. 

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1mo 
LiboredMonks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Was he fucking with you?

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 he said to me that this type of immaturity isn't suitable for the workplace. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
1mo 

If this is a reference to that really old thread then good job

1mo 
kaniastephen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

no its just him, who knows?

1mo 
sewter3, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Associate needs to get laid...

1mo 
bands_bands_bands, what's your opinion? Comment below:

guy sounds like he has a stick up his ass. It's a professional environment, but you're not robots. Most, if not all, banks encourage camaraderie 

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