Wanted to share with you this story that happened at my company. Happened on a different team than I'm in in, but in the same building. Kid starts out in the back office and networks like hell to finally land an IBD role one year after graduation at a different firm.
From what I understood, the kid seemed more than capable of performing the job. Apparently over the past 5 months while in the back office at his previous job, he was a terrible employee, more focused on landing his next job than on doing his work. Lived in a secondary city so would miss a ton of work to got to NYC to network/interview. Well it finally caught up to him and his boss felt as if there were other kids who would be happy with a $50k job to do simple work, so the kid got fired, but lucky for his it was within two weeks of him starting his IBD job. Seemed like he had the last laugh.
Kid moves to NYC and starts his IBD job and all seems well, makes a good introduction to everyone on the team. Here is where things go very south...
Literally within 30 minutes of the kid starting his job Monday morning he logs on to his computer and gets set up. The very first thing the kid does is edit his email signature to add his name, analyst position, IBD group, name of the firm, etc. standard stuff. Then he goes on to send an email to the boss who had fired him and who they were on bad terms with. The email was completely blank in the body of the email and had no subject. Just a blank message to his old boss that had fired him, with his email signature clearly visible that he had started a coveted IBD job within weeks of getting fired from his back office gig in his secondary city: think Philly/Baltimore/Raleigh/ Boston etc... Kind of a passive aggressive FU.
That Friday HR calls him and asks him to come to their office. They have the email printed out right on the desk and they say that is by no means the way they want their firm represented by someone who just started there. He tries every excuse on the book and even says it was an accident that he emailed the old boss. An MD not from his group is in the office and sees right through him and says "we know exactly what you were trying to do. Your service is no longer needed at this firm. Security will escort you out of the building."
I saw the kid balling his eyes out as he walked out.
This is all the information I have, and it is the talk of the office.
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