Why are post-MBA associates so bad?Subscribe
The title of this post was meant to stir controversy. I don't think all post-MBA associates are bad, but there are more than a few bad apples that make it through the internship. For background, I am a 3rd-year analyst in a banking coverage & execution group in NYC at one of the BBs. I think when I sit down and discuss with other people (in my circle from college, work, rec sports, etc.) their biggest gripes about their analyst job is the post-MBA associates they work with. Now people do complain about other stuff but I think the type of complaint is different, it goes from "this sucks that I have to do this in the middle of dinner" to "I can't believe I have to deal with this idiot". Please ignore my grammar and spelling mistakes. I naturally wrote this in a state of frustration, and I never learned proper English because I don't have an MBA.
A few examples:
1) Alpha Male-ing Type Behavior
Nothing more frustrating than working with someone who has less experience in almost every way on the job who likes to insert themselves into the hierarchy. People who've been doing the job for less than a few weeks who need to see stuff before it goes out to the team when I've been working on the team for several months already. When I do comply and send it to them, it takes them forever to check work and reduces the amount of time I have to sleep. If it takes you longer than an hour to check something, then you should not be a roadblock. Worst is when they demand to check something and then have no idea how the math works and bombard you with a lot of questions. I have no issues explaining something to someone who is "on the team" but coupled with other unsavory behavior, I lose my patience.
2) Assuming Some Work is Analyst Work
I get that modeling work is generally analyst work, but why can't some of these people be bothered to send out a dial-in or send out a PDF saved on the drive. Just cause you spent $200k to party, travel, and learn who Michael Porter is for two years doesn't mean your time is more valuable than mine. Don't call me to do something you can do yourself. Doing "analyst" work every once in a while is very easy to way to get a great reputation amongst analysts which does pass down. People keep in touch, they tell each other who is good to work for and who isn't across multiple years of analyst classes especially when our group tends to hire from the same schools over and over again.
3) Pretending to be busy on something else and then being offline
If you are going to tell me you can't do something for our project like put together an all-text page and instead make me do it then I expect you to be online while I do it given you are a junior employee with a few weeks of training.
4) Don't create unnecessary work
If you aren't exactly sure what our D/ED/MD wants to see, don't give me formatting nits that just waste time. Learn to realize when your comments are important vs when they are stupid vanity to tell yourself you added-value to a book.
During quarantine, everyone including analysts and associates is getting crushed with work. The market is roaring, work from home is live at work, and the hours have gotten longer. Let's just try to make it to the end of the year while trying to get some sleep along the way. I don't know who needs to hear this but post-MBA associates have been difficult for me to deal with when I was a second-year analyst and again now as a third-year, I am doing the same dance again. If someone has advice on how to level-set expectations with these jokers I'd be all ears. Yes, I know calling them jokers is probably not a good start, but I try to not to be a dick to their face since I have to work with them everyday.