roranoa wrote:anon168 wrote:roranoa wrote:How much office politics does one have to go through to get ahead?
Do you have colleagues that sabotage one another? Do back talk? Form allies and groups just like they do in Survivors?
Yes, to all of your questions. Or, more like, "of course".
Wow, seriously? Can you give me an example of Biglaw colleague sabotage?
Backbiting, spreading vicious rumors, stealing your work, palming off mistakes onto younger associates, etc.
I'll give you an example. There was a document review for a rather large case at my firm. The first year did a first cut for privilege, then the senior associate was supposed to review everything before the product was produced. The first year did the privilege review, flagged the docs that were questionable -- i.e., could be privileged but not sure -- and then turned it over to the sr. associate. Senior associate never bothered to look things over and then produced everything. Including docs that were flagged and should have been withheld as privileged. Firm spent about an extra 100k in fees to fight and get the docs back, not to mention the loss of goodwill with client. First year took the hit for the entire fiasco.
There are other instances where senior associates would not delegate work until the very last minute to a younger associate, etc. Just dumb shit like that.
Basic principle is if someone else looks worse than you do, then chances are you're going to look better. It's the way life works.