Biggest Office Pet Peeves

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State your grievances, a couple of my big ones:

The person who makes every meeting run over because he interrupts after every other sentence to ask for clarification.

Working with someone who is so type A that they make small changes to your work just to feel in control.

That manager who just assumes whatever you're working on is unimportant and randomly calls you into his office and gives you new projects that you can't exactly see the significance of.

When you're in a meeting with a known long-winded speaker and you finally think it's over but one of the Ivy Leaguers has to ask a question that sets the speaker up for another 20 minute soap-box spiel on a subject that no one is genuinely interested in.

Being told that a certain project is extremely time sensitive only to present it to your superior the next day and realize that they will probably never use the information you've gathered them in any way.

Sitting in the cubicle between two people that yell at each other from across the office all day.

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Aug 27, 2017

Office gossip

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Aug 28, 2017

+SB for the long-winded speaker

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Sep 26, 2017

"Don't spin your wheels on this, but I need it on my desk by tomorrow morning"

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Sep 27, 2017

Analyst...

Sep 26, 2017
  • Speakerphone in the cubicle
  • The meeting windbag who also (probably not coincidentally) brings in no mandates and generates no revenue
Sep 26, 2017

When people leave the espresso machine looking like a mess...yes I don't work in IB...yet

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Sep 26, 2017

I'm in consulting and I im on a rather large team, but i'm a first year and my friend (another first year) went on vacation. long story short he did a project completely wrong and now I'm on the hook for why its not done and I'm gonna be in the office all night. Manager basically blaming me for his wrongdoings.

Normally I would be okay with it, but I was supposed to go on a date with a girl thats way out of my league and i have to cancel. Wonderful

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Sep 26, 2017

People eating seamless loudly while giggling to themselves watching Netflix.

Sep 26, 2017

This lol. +SB

Sep 27, 2017

Yeah, IB analysts, the pinnacle of man

Sep 28, 2017
George_Banker:

People eating seamless loudly while giggling to themselves watching Netflix.

Who watches Netflix in the office???

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Sep 29, 2017

You have never worked in an office.

Sep 27, 2017

When people try to make it over obvious how hard they are working or how long they worked this week

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Sep 27, 2017

The doomsday Debby downers who sigh very loudly all day to let you know how bad their day is.

People who are so desperate for attention they will tell the same story multiple times until someone acknowledges said story.

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Sep 27, 2017

Silent farts

Sep 27, 2017

Admins on personal calls all day long

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Sep 27, 2017
  • When other people suck up so blatantly in public, and I think to myself: Am I the only one seeing this?
  • (Along the same line) Super loud fake laughing
  • WGLs
  • Company Profiles
  • People making me do extra work, because they're afraid to think

... yeah it's been a bad week

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Sep 29, 2017

First one can backfire. I heard a story about a lady who worked in education, who got so busy trying to suck up to a new administrator coming in that she lost one of the kids she was supposed to be teaching.

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Sep 27, 2017

Intentionally public displays of work - CC'ing unneccesary parties to make yourself look better. Sending out team-wide emails displaying the work for the same reason.

Meetings that run over every time.

Meetings that are schedule for 30 minutes but take 14, then whoever is running the meeting drags on / talks in circles / brings up unnecessary questions to fill time.

Waiting for people to leave meeting rooms from their meetings running over.

People with kids that use them for every excuse known to man.

People with kids who talk about their "accomplishments" at work.

People with kids who talk about their kids and refer to them in the first person.
-"My weekend was great, took Christian to a soccer tournament"

The fact that i have to ask that question and listen to that answer on Monday.

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Sep 28, 2017

Had an MD who would schedule meetings, then leave the 3 or 4 of us outside his office while he made a big show of making small talk with someone for 10 minutes in full view of us (and vice versa). One of the most insecure people I have ever met. (He also got passed over for promotion about once a year).

Sep 29, 2017
jss09:

People with kids...

People with kids...

People with kids...

... I'm sensing a pattern here. A pattern I wholeheartedly agree with.

Sep 27, 2017

First year analysts that can't accept "because that's just how it is" as a reason.

Sep 28, 2017

@NESCAC - understand that's just how it is, but that bugs me too.

Sep 28, 2017

This interaction:

"Hey xx, how's it going?"

"Oh, you know, livin' the dream"

polite laughter

I hear this fucking conversation multiple times a day

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Sep 28, 2017

+SB This is so true. I did one of these this AM.

Oct 28, 2017

Counted - and heard this no less than 11 times in the bull pen this past week.

Sep 28, 2017

People misusing words and phrases in an effort to sound more intelligent. If you aren't pretty sure what it means, don't say it or write it.

Sep 29, 2017

when people say "can we do this" when they really mean "you do this" -__-

Sep 29, 2017

The over use of the word "notionals" by first years... relax bro

Sep 29, 2017

People who enable the MURDER and RAPE of innocent animals by eating a NONVEGAN DIET. Shameful!

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Sep 30, 2017

Does Whole Foods sell rape free eggs?

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Sep 30, 2017

What? Wtf are u saying..

Sep 30, 2017

Office gossip, I still have a hard time understanding why people can't keep negative thoughts to themselves. Very poor look personally, and even poorer professionally.

Oct 3, 2017

I feel like in most offices pretty much everyone finds a way to relate to each other except for like one or two people that can't relate to anybody and then insist that everyone else is the problem.

So throw those people on the list

Oct 28, 2017

People who leave their print jobs unattended for a while (bro you printed like 100 pages almost an hour ago and now I need to waste time to sift through your papers to find my print job)

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Oct 28, 2017

Passive aggressiveness like posting on an anonymous forum?

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Oct 28, 2017

hahaha exactly

Oct 28, 2017

Granted I've had analyst experience on only a couple buyside auctions at a mid-market (small-market) firm, but I'll put in my 2 cents. Unrealistic projections (hockey stick) that cannot be supported by broad industry trends and/or a completely bullshit market share projection always piss you off, and often aren't revised down until the Oh Shit meeting (first board meeting after the closing). Frankly in my analyst role, I didn't fucking believe one thing the bankers fed me (immediate 10-15% downward revision on all growth rates in our models), but these were wannabe schmoozeball bankers from some chop-shop. Comp analyses were also (from my viewpoint) clearly manipulated to exclude some outliers that probably should have been included. It would have been refreshing for the bankers running to deal to be forthright about the challenges of the business (every dog has at least one flea), give me accurate fucking source data, and let me run my own valuation, not patronize me by trying to spoonfeed me some doctored valuation.

Oct 28, 2017

I wish bankers weren't so conservative with their add-backs. At a minimum, I'd like to see adjusted EBITDA of at least 1.5x the actual EBITDA.

Also, any and all "run-rate" adjustments are much appreciated, since they are only a rip-off if a buyer ever plans to sell the Company while its still growing.

Oct 28, 2017

For those of you with comparable portfolio companies, don't forget about all the synergies that you can realize when you buy our client's business. I'm sure your portco's accounting staff wouldn't mind doubling their workload after our client eliminates every accounting and back office position. Eh, it doesn't matter if the HQs are on opposite coasts...it's all electronic these days, anyway, right? I'm sure there'll be a seamless integration on the MIS and reporting side--probably no implementation costs on that front. And don't even get me started on the cross-selling opportunities, volume purchase discounts, insurance, audit, bank fees, and employee benefits savings...no, of course our client's employees don't mind if you freeze their defined benefit pension plan--don't worry, management doesn't think it'll stay underfunded forever. The company's counsel also tells us they think that pending asbestos litigation is a non-issue, no worries. Insurance will cover any damage awards, I'm sure. By the way, we've also added back those legal fees.

Oct 28, 2017

Highlighting synergies when youre on the sell side is common practice, but both buyer and seller know that no smart buyer will ever pay for these. If there is competition, the buyer will bid more, but adding in synergies makes no difgference whatsoever. Any mention of synergies from a sell side adviser usualy means you skip to the next section.

"Living the dream 24/7 on http://theallnighter.blogspot.com"

"LIVING THE DREAM 24/7 ON http://THEALLNIGHTER.BLOGSPOT.COM"

Oct 28, 2017

Yeah, we usually don't expect buyers to give us much credit on the synergies, but every so often we'll find somebody who'll at least split them down the middle and give us half credit for some of them.

Oct 28, 2017

Thats the spirit. The key is finding a guy who's a giver and then get all the mileage you can:)

"Living the dream 24/7 on http://theallnighter.blogspot.com"

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Oct 28, 2017

in the middle market (which i am), it's all about finding a sucker who's willing to pay the premium. as long as you find a buyer (strategic or financial) who likes the company/asset you are selling, it's all golden.

i mean sure i had some moral qualms about it early on, but who am i to care if the VP's happy?

Oct 28, 2017

every finance/econ exam I have ever taken was absurdly different than the material given in class or on the practice test. Your teachers give you the same practice exam with changed numbers. What a joke.

And as to your argument about teachers coddling target students and that you need to bust it through 100+ person lectures, that is an argument against you. That shows the quality of the education is lower, and thus so is the product (you).

I too agree that too many ivies stroke themselves too much. It has been shown countless times that success is not based upon where you went to school. But lets be a little realistic and stop thinking that people that go to state schools are even on the same planet as the top students at an ivy (those which get the ib offers... its pretty competitive here too.)

Oct 28, 2017

just wanted to follow up. after posting i saw on you prof that you go to ucla, which in my mind is a totally different situation. You are at a top school and it is just because of your geographical location that you are not a highly sought after target school.

Oct 28, 2017

Agreed but they get better job placement, spots reserved, et cetera.

Oct 28, 2017

they being ivy league kids.

Oct 28, 2017
ke18sb:

However, do not assume you are superior, more deserving or would be more successful than top public kids.

They don't assume, they KNOW this from the fact that they are more sought after by recruiters.

That being said, I think the top public kids that actually do manage to break into IB are mostly on a level playing field.

Oct 28, 2017

"But lets be a little realistic and stop thinking that people that go to state schools are even on the same planet as the top students at an ivy."

Haha, it's funny (mind-boggling) that some people are so exclusive in their thoughts. There are plenty people in state schools as apt as those in ivys. You cannot generalize these sorts of things. You will find geniuses and their opposites at both. The probablity may be higher at ivy's, but there is no need of this separation that the two are not even on the same planet.

Oct 28, 2017

Again, I'm not saying that the ivy kids are not smart or that top public kids are as smart as them. I am not saying that top public kids are better/worse recruits or which institutions provide a better education. My post was just in response the numerous posts that claim ivy kids would dominate at top publics which, in my opinion, is not the case.

Also, on a side note, most of my econ classes did not have homework or practice tests. You would go into the test blind. There would be one midterm and one final and that was that. I'm not saying this is the best way to learn by any means but to consistently get A's under these circumstances is very difficult.

Oct 28, 2017
ke18sb:

My post was just in response the numerous posts that claim ivy kids would dominate at top publics which, in my opinion, is not the case.

Care to link to some actual statistics to back that up?

Oct 28, 2017
ke18sb:

at Harvard 50% of the students receive As.

Get your sources right, and don't make assumptions about Harvard if you don't go there. Most large social sciences are curved around a B+, and the more generous courses might be curved around an A-. Many Harvard classes, especially econ classes, are notoriously large. Economics 10, the intro course, has well over 500+ students enrolled. I know enough smart public school kids, there's no disrespecting them at all. But I'm sure that 90% of Harvard students would do exceedingly well at UVA or Berkeley.

Oct 28, 2017
ke18sb:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/2002/02/08/ed...

There were almost no comparative statistics in that article.

Oct 28, 2017

Oh man, classes are curved around a B+ and A-, that is the most absurd thing I've ever heard. Everyone knows getting into Harvard is the hard part, the rest is so easy a caveman could do it.

Oct 28, 2017

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-03-27-...
Not every Ivy is as easy as Harvard.

Oct 28, 2017

The term Ivy is overused. Though it may be true that some BB recruit at Brown or Dartmouth, the advantages at said schools are paltry compared to HYPW -- the W is for Wharton, Penn in general is not in the same class as HYP.

So when we use Ivy here, I think we should mean only HYPW. The rest of the Ivy League is just a (bad) sports conference.

Oct 28, 2017

Before your piss all over yourself in righteous anger do some research on Princeton. And yes, I'm sure most Tigers would kick your ass. Harvard is overrated.

Oct 28, 2017

It's in the opinion section of USA TODAY, what do you expect?

USA Today is the McDonalds of newspapers.

Oct 28, 2017

is getting ridiculous. Half the threads are now low-IQ non-targets attempting to make themselves feel better about not getting into a top school. We need to start a site with a ibanking focus that is only open to Ivies.

Oct 28, 2017

We don't need a website. We can ask our friends in banking for advice. We come here to slum.

Oct 28, 2017

Amen to that, armchair.

Oct 28, 2017

The problem here is that "state school" is too generic. Yes, UCLA, Berkley, UNC, UM, UVA, etc are all going to have top students there too (which is why banks recruit there). It's the other state schools where a 3.9 can be a joke.

  • justanotherbanker
  •  Oct 28, 2017

Isn't this iBankingOasis.com... not CollegeConfidential.com?

All these Iyv vs. State threads seem to piss a lot of people off without adding any banking/recruiting value for anyone. I wouldn't care if it weren't for the fact that this kind of thread (and the ludicrous sh*t people say to each other) is what keeps new users from joining iBankingOasis.

Oct 28, 2017

justanotherbanker, i've been trying to decide what to do with these threads. moderation I think has improved a lot over the past few weeks (since I gave out moderator privligegs to about 5 users) but we can always improve. i've also been distracted working with this IT team to try and get a bunch of upgrades done for the site.

I think what i'll end up doing is locking these types of threads after they run their course so that they don't go on and on and keep getting bumped to the top.

Oct 28, 2017

My former roommate used to play moves like jagger 24/7.

Oct 28, 2017

So call them maybe.

Oct 28, 2017
IlliniProgrammer:

So call them maybe.

lolz

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Oct 28, 2017

Pop, poppin' this thing back
Drop-drop-drop-dropping this thing back
This is for the time, you gave me flowers
For the world, that is ours
For the mulah, for the power of love

Oct 28, 2017

Dubstep and shitty EDM that kids seem to be blasting these days is quite annoying.

Oct 28, 2017
ULNWI:

Dubstep and shitty EDM that kids seem to be blasting these days is quite annoying.

dumbass krapstep kids forgot about dre

Oct 28, 2017

Hopefully they have headphone jack that faces them (i.e., if they're looking at their monitor, they can stare right down the headphone jack).

Step 1: Get a a fancy pen with an aluminum ink cartridge, or buy one from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Monteverde-Capless-Ballpoint...)

Step 2: Pluck out the plastic plug in the back

Step 3: Plug the ink cartridge into the headphone jack.

Step 4: Crank the volume up to the max.

Step 5: Sit back and wait for that fucker to turn their music on. If its a decent enough computer that has a reasonably powerful transformer, the aluminum tube will short out inside the headphone jack sending a spark out of the aluminum tube... the tube however, will be plugged with ink, which will be violently ejaculated in a fairly entertaining fashion.

Or you could bite off the tip of a headphone jack and jam it in their Audio-Out jack and their speakers won't work anymore.

It goes without saying that the first option is far superior.

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Oct 28, 2017

Note to self: don't fuck with @Marcus_Halberstram

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