Slang/Will I be fired?

Transitioning to corporate America has been rough. I have excessively used slang in my life and found myself slipping up on the job. I approached my VP later in the evening and said "YO, YO, can you take a look at this". He paused and gave me a wtf look. I am now making a continued effort to talk like the respectable young gentleman I am. Anyone experience this, will I be fired?

Comments (29)

  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2022 - 10:32pm

No you won't be fired but you really can't talk like that in a professional environment, except maybe as a joke to your analyst buds

Imagine you're an MD when you go to work. Walk into the office and act like your associates, VPs, MDs etc are your clients. You might have the urge to say something really casual or stupid but you obviously can't or you will lose the business. Just restrain yourself for a few weeks or months and then it will become natural.

I also would watch how you talk with your friends / on weekends.. do whatever you want, but if you're talking like a drug lord on Saturdays and Sundays it's more likely you will slip up on monday 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2022 - 10:33pm
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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Cov
Nov 8, 2022 - 3:42pm

Lmao- absolute tool. Moderate how you speak on your breaks too? This is one of the saddest examples of corporate brainwashing and robotizing… have a sense of self dude

Nov 9, 2022 - 6:01pm
FinancelsWacc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Same here... I shoot the shit / curse with and in front of my EDs here and there.

Less so my MD, but that's really just because it's not in his personality. Never once has he ever scolded me

Obviously time and place, I'm not going to open up a call with "what's good you motherfuckers, long time no see!" or speak unprofessionally when more senior people that I'm less familiar with are in earshot... 

Just read the room, it's a skillset.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2022 - 11:11pm

Super suss. Lmao you're a walking meme. That was the big joke this year, the analyst 1s and interns coming into the office and using slang.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Nov 8, 2022 - 12:08am

I think the bigger issue is that you can't read people. Just because someone has an adverse reaction to your choice of words doesn't mean you will be fired. It just means they will like you less and you've harmed your reputation. 

Nov 8, 2022 - 12:22am
nutmegger189, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Honestly thought this was satire but maybe not. Have you never spoken to anyone in a position of authority or respect ever??? Never had a previous job? Never spoken to a teacher/professor? Never to your girlfriends parents?

How is this the first time you're coming across this "problem"?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Nov 8, 2022 - 12:29am

I'm not sure why but this problem is surprisingly common among 22-24 y/o analysts today.

  • Managing Director in IB-M&A
Nov 8, 2022 - 6:48pm
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  • VP in IB - Gen
Nov 8, 2022 - 7:11pm

the issue is you don't know your audience. you absolutely can go up to certain juniors and say 'yo' if they're your buddies.  I even know MDs who would happily say 'man' or be called 'man' by directors / VPs.  You just have to feel their vibe although a lot of type-A people lack EQ and there are a lot of type-As in banking.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Nov 8, 2022 - 8:28pm

It's hilarious but Gen Z interns were legit talking like this during the summer haha

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Nov 9, 2022 - 1:53am
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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Nov 9, 2022 - 9:43am

Kendall Roy has entered the chat: ""so, I just wanted to get the gang together early in my tenure to say..yo!"

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2022 - 9:57am

I think you're fine in the long run. Yes, probably not right to say it to your boss if you don't have that type of relationship (since they're your supervisor not a friend yet), but it's a learning experience and this job is trial / error so you now know what not to do going forward, which is more important. Better to do this with a vp in a low stakes way than a client on a big pitch or deal…

  • VP in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2022 - 12:43pm

I drop F-bombs and other such "unbecoming" language with MDs all the time, no one cares. There are definitely some uptight people in our industry but I couldn't give a shit less how an Analyst or Associate addresses me. Interacting with a new fresh class of first years is usually an interesting experience for me because they often start off very stiff and "professional" but after a few months get their footing and realize we can be pretty casual with one another.

Nov 9, 2022 - 3:00pm
Lukamania, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just read the room. You definitely won't get fired lol but ive had associates who wouldn't like it and at the same time directors who I talk to in a much more lax way. just dont keep rubbing your vp the wrong way

Nov 9, 2022 - 3:42pm
high hopes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just read the room. You definitely won't get fired lol but ive had associates who wouldn't like it and at the same time directors who I talk to in a much more lax way. just dont keep rubbing your vp the wrong way

Emphasis on (do keep) rubbing your VP

Nov 11, 2022 - 9:17pm
anonymous_IV, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You most likely won't get fired, but you certainly won't get respected either. It's important to develop that "executive" presence if you want to move up the ladder, and speaking like an "executive" is one way to develop that presence and be seen as a leader. The only people can say whatever they want and in any manner are either 1) the big boss/owner or 2) real genius who extrudes knowledges/talents that you know 99.9% of people can never reach that level

Nov 12, 2022 - 4:59pm
stevedujour, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends a little bit on the culture of your team. Some teams are v. "whiteshoe" whilst others are more relaxed. Generally speaking as an A1 you need to keep your individuality to a minimum. The higher up you get/ more you deliver, the more you can let your "eccentricities" run wild and your team will chalk it up to "that's just how he/she is." One of my old teams we had an MD who was total rainman numbers genius but was borderline insane and would often have these episodes where he would yell very loudly and throw chairs then laugh about it. Everyone liked him, especially clients. 

Nov 13, 2022 - 7:12pm
Jondoe007, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Time and place is always going through my head. I love to joke around and make the day better than it actually is… If your work is good you can get away with more lol

Nov 14, 2022 - 1:44pm
[email protected], what's your opinion? Comment below:

Some people really don't like the word yo. Went to an Irish bar in NYC, tried to get the Irish bartenders attention and guess I started off with "yo!". He was so angry over that word he literally would not get me a drink. Had to leave the bar the dude was so mad. So to answer your question you're probably going to get fired

Nov 15, 2022 - 1:38am
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