Not literally lol, but it's getting to me. How do you guys deal with clueless coworkers and not let it affect your day?
I work for a discount broker, which I find humiliating by itself. It's made far worse by my simpleton coworkers. Here's some of their greatest hits!
"I learned so much about business during my time in private equity. It put me leaps and bounds ahead of everyone here."
-Coworker during a presentation referring to his days peddling shady o&g private placements to retail clients.
"I love everything about this place and what we can offer. I think investment banking i so fascinating."
-My former manager explaining how good he feels to sell mutual funds to our elderly clients.
"Do this for a few years and then you guys can go work for a hedge fund or do whatever you want..the sky's the limit!"
-Our "MD" during one of our meetings.
The ignorance of these statements could easily be overlooked if the person saying it was nice and sincere. Unfortunately, in every case they are coming from mumbling braggarts who somehow manage to clearly enunciate pe/ib as they give a cold hard stare.
In addition to comments such as these, I have to endure the obnoxious culture. Seeing grown men screaming for joy over getting ice cream on Friday's. Witnessing cs reps wearing black t-shirts that just say "trader" across the front. Having to park right next to a car with "bull mkt" personalized plates. Hearing the dullards quote cheesy lines from every bad wall street movie imaginable. On top of it all, they know about me applying to business schools and taking CFA exams and like to compare themselves to me. It's extremely annoying to hear someone with a MBA from a for-profit university (nice way of putting it lol) tell me he understands how hard it is to juggle things while I'm stressing out about getting a sub 700 GMAT.
Sorry to rant, but it's so frustrating to be fighting an uphill battle trying to break in and also have to put up with this sort of stuff. The worst part is that I have to stay for at least the next six months. It's the only job I've ever had to I dread going to. Hopefully it will give some of you a good laugh if nothing else.