Biggest Fail at Work?

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What was the biggest mistake you made at work? If you don't have a story about yourself what has a coworker done

Did it cost you the job? A write-up?

Did no one find out or did they blame someone else?

Comments (51)

May 29, 2019

When I used to work commission I worked a huge sale and finished after 3 hours with a customer to find out I rang it up under someone else's commission code.

Never saw that bonus money

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

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May 29, 2019

That's awful. They should have let you move it to your name

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May 29, 2019

The company was a bunch of crooks and this was the first of many times that they swindled my money. When I left I never looked back at that place. I feel bad for all the employees honestly.

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

Jun 5, 2019
isa2130953:

When I used to work commission I worked a huge sale and finished after 3 hours with a customer to find out I rang it up under someone else's commission code.

Never saw that bonus money

Oh wow, well on the hindsight, you made someones day

May 29, 2019

For me the worst fail was telling my boss I would handle a lot of the banking info while he was gone and he gave me the password. Of course the day I was supposed to cover him I forgot the notebook with the passwords in it and he was on a plane for 12 hours. I ended up locking us out of our bank and getting back in was a huge and humiliating process.

On the bright side someone above my boss made the same mistake 2 weeks later so everyone forgot that I did it.

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May 29, 2019

That sounds terrible lol but at least someone else made the same mistake. No one will remember it even happened to you or care after a while

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

May 29, 2019

It was terrible. I will never make that same mistake again. It happened a few years ago and I still cringe

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May 30, 2019

ordered a salad for seamless.. what a waste of an order

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May 30, 2019

I can only imagine how hard the seamless delivery person laughed

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May 29, 2019

not as hard as me hahaa

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

May 29, 2019

Im dead lolol

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

May 29, 2019

learned that lesson myself haha

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May 31, 2019

Can someone explain why this is a dumb move please

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May 30, 2019

4 ounces of shit is too much shit.

The deleted answer was how after having earned an internship, I did not see any value the company was bringing to client; forget that, I did not see any value I was bringing to the company. Naive? Definitely. A little late for the analysis? 100%.

I texted the HR guy, I wouldn't be able to continue after the month is over. The month still had two days remaining. The very next morning of the text, I went to the office and was fired.

Moral of the story: Be careful before you give your heart and brains to an industry. And don't text the HR guy you won't be coming after the month is over.

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May 31, 2019

Looking back i wish i was fired from my internships, because those were the biggest waste of time and calories in my life. I mean the sheer amount of pointless work and paper wasted, it sucked, hard.

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

May 30, 2019

In retrospect, I did pick up some very valuable skills like writing emails, telling people there's nothing I can do about it because my boss is the one calling the shots, the subtle art of BSing and eventually turning to Mr Google for all the 'orientation' I needed.

I am sure there are more valuable internship experiences out there; at least the ones which don't end up in a response to office failure stories.

May 29, 2019

I totally agree. I have had constructive ones and others that are just jobs that they don't want to pay people for so they teach you nothing and expect you to sleep eat and breathe the job

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

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May 29, 2019

Some internships just want to take advantage and have people waste their time. It sucks but it happens a lot. Probably a blessing in disguise!!!

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

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May 30, 2019

Very true. On the brighter side, I did get a chance to take a swing at it; only to realize I loathed the job. Would've been in deeper shit had I taken a full time gig and realized the same.

The only thing worse than the pennies they paid, was getting to know how pointless everything was. I got scared when I saw my supervisor, who was a decade ahead of me in the same business, was not doing things any differently than I was.

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May 31, 2019

As a first year analyst about 2 months into the job I had my first management presentation. The first meeting was scheduled much sooner than expected so obviously this was a fire drill. The night before the meeting I was up pretty much all night, finishing edits and binding the books until about 4am (worked at a MM bank and had to actually print/bind myself). My MD was going to pick me up around 6am to make the 2.5 hr drive to the meeting. We get there, stop to get breakfast and he asks to see one of the books to prep....I forgot all 20 of the books I spent the last week straight putting together. He was pissed, but the blank / confused / stupid look on my face somewhat humored him. Luckily we were somehow able to have a FedEx print shop print and bind them right in time for the meeting -- though it was extremely expensive. Not the end of the world but a pretty stupid mistake. I now triple check for the materials every time I go to a meeting.

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May 29, 2019

Something similar to that has happened to me many times. I always do that same and make sure to triple check I have everything I need

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

May 31, 2019

Mis marked a model and brought 3% off a stock before the ceo personally called to tear our eyes out

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May 31, 2019

As in you published a busted model in ER?

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May 31, 2019

Made an error in my analysis that discounted the value of the U.S. solar energy company by $400 million

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Jun 1, 2019

Submitted a low-ball offer on a best and final because I'm an idiot and failed to scrub my model after putting it together and capped NOI on the same year the anchor tenant was vacating. Didn't get the deal. Probably would have lost out anyway, but the mistake got found after the fact.

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Jun 10, 2019

That's why you add back in absorption and turnover vacancy for calculating terminal year NOI nibba

Jun 1, 2019

That would indeed have solved the problem.

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Jun 1, 2019

First week, big company, still didn't know anyone's names (I'm bad with names). Associate invites me to a meeting in a specified room. I see him in a different meeting room and make eye contact and we give each other an understanding nod as if to say "ah, I get that you have another meeting that conflicts, we'll circle back later". I walk into the meeting room I got invited to and the Market Data team is in there talking about who knows what. Everyone is looking at me expectingly so I'm like, oh, cool, they want to meet the new guy.

Introduce myself confidently and walk around and shake hands. Take my place at the table and everyone looks at me like "what the fuck" and kind of awkwardly ask a few questions about what team I'm on and etc then resume. I have no idea why I'm here but am happy they're taking an interest in me and asking me about my background because I don't mind a good spiel/spotlight. Meeting is running way over the 30 minutes of allotted time.

See my associate walk by the adjacent kitchen to grab a drink and he looks at me curiously. Finally I get it. Check my email on my laptop and realize our meeting room got changed. I showed up to the Market Data team's QPM meeting uninvited and completely interrupted them and made an ass out of myself.

They weren't asking what team I'm on because they were interested, they were trying to ask me why the fuck I was there. Never went to that side of the office again. To make it more awkward the entire meeting I was furiously typing up notes about the Market Data teams budget to impress my associate by taking notes of the meeting he couldn't make. They were probably like, "why is this weirdo furiously typing down everything we say?"

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May 29, 2019

I am so dead hahahah. To humor you I went out for lunch once and I guess I left sauce on my cheek bc I only had 10 minutes to eat and no napkin and then I greet a guest and my CEO and they were all staring at me like a weirdo. I noticed people whispering that day so I was already pissed off and I go in the bathroom and see a big ass orange circle on my cheek ALL DAY. I looked like a hobo.

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

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Jun 2, 2019

"Please find as attached and let me know your thoughts"

nothing attached...

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Jun 2, 2019

This... Was your biggest fuck up???

May 31, 2019

Lame bro, was expecting you to fuck a hooker on your boss' desk or something

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May 29, 2019

I'm pretty sure this has happened to everyone. Once I was supposed to send someone a rejected terms sheet but I accidentally attached their shitty Experian. I had to follow it with an apology it was terrible.

The truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.

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Jun 1, 2019

Hahaha that is horrible.

Jun 3, 2019

First deal was a ~$4BN sellside. Super lean team, just me, the MD, and the second-year analyst that was out the door to his PE job.

When the time came to write-up the invoice, I was tasked with doing it. Didn't realize we had to include our legal expenses because it was the first time I ever did an invoice. Second-year didn't care and the MD didn't look at it, so we issued the invoice to the client without including ~$200K worth of legal fees.

We ended up just eating the fees and the MD said it was his fault. It was like a $14MM fee, so at the end of the day it was okay, but still not a great look for me as a green analyst. Still made top bucket both years somehow...

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Jun 4, 2019

Sounds like a great MD... Stick with that one.

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Jun 3, 2019

Got belligerently drunk in the office once. Other people were not impressed.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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Jun 4, 2019

I feel like this needs more context. Office party? Or just at the end of a tough day in your office?

Jun 3, 2019

The latter. Ended up blacking out. Got chewed out by nearly everyone the next morning.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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Jun 3, 2019

Maybe I was part of a group of degenerates, but this was totally just par for the course in my office. Drunk Analysts making the rounds were a fairly regular occurrence...

Jun 5, 2019

Ordered a wrong order of printing products in color instead of non color causing the company to lose 12k in my first week of work. Wasnt fired though but work back up my rep. :)

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Jun 7, 2019

Totally screwed up a TTM calculation, and I was a few years into my lev fin job. I just didn't pay close attention, was in a rush, was bored - no good excuse. One of the VPs, kind of a loner sad single guy, super genius, was horrified. Complained about me to another VP, who was also kinda shocked and disappointed at that kind of error for someone at my level. I was mortified and never really spoke to the loner sad single VP genius again. It didn't cost me my job, but my pride suffered. #DUH. Needless to say, never made that error again.

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Jun 9, 2019
  1. Joined a Chinese PE shop (in China), but I'm not Chinese. I was never going to be an insider at the firm, or with the companies in which we were investing. My fail was the day I left banking to take the job. Hubris was not realizing how off the fit was.
  2. Not raising enough $ at the PE shop. This has happened twice. Ultimately I think it's the product that sells or fails to attract capital. But that's what makes this business hard.
    Eventually the boss loses patience and cuts you.
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Jun 9, 2019

banking caused me to get pretty depressed.
The psych doc put me on antidepressants which made me tired all the time.
It affected my performance, and I even ran late to an overseas meeting which I was to attend with a colleague, and she took her own ride.
She was not impressed.
Not fired but those anti-depressants were a bitch to deal with.

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Jun 11, 2019

Ooof shit. Hope you're doing okay these days.

When life gives you kefir and flour, make some blins.
Jun 9, 2019

Let's just say I hated my first job so much I decided it would be a good idea to email my work email with a train ticket that was paid for by the company interviewing me who I was going to visit for final rounds later that week. Came back from the interview and I was called in to the CCO's office. The email was flagged for "the gift acceptance rule". As uncomfortable as it was with them knowing I was actively interviewing, I somehow was able to keep my job as a trader there until I moved on. To make matters worse, a few weeks later I had to train someone who was going to take over my position so I was showing her how we trade in one of our model strategies. I thought it was a 3% sell for XYZ and then a buy order of ZYZX, however it was only a 1.5% buy for a very volatile industrial stock. Let's just say it was a good alpha generator but not what they had asked for lol! Frankly, I found it strange they had someone who was only there for 8 months training someone rather than someone more seasoned.

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