Moderator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up August 2007 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.
I don't really think this has been discussed and I think it's worth delving into. As an analyst, working with an associate who is on the ball and knows what he's doing can really make your life a lot easier. Working with an associate who is clueless can make it a living nightmare.
I anyone has any stories to share about working with good and/or bad associates, feel free to share.
Also, what, in your mind, separates a good associate from a bad one?
I'll start, in my opinion, a good associate is someone who knows how to manage upwards and keep a realistic workload coming in. Second, it's one who you can rely on to further check the work product so no errors (as tiny as they may be) get sent out to a client (or VP/MD for that matter).
Let's see what everyone else thinks.