itbdvorm wrote:Anonymous User wrote:So I'm a summer. I've been staffed on literally 9 things at once. Got an assignment from one of the members of the hiring committee (33 year old partner). Been working steadily on it, but had to attend meetings pretty much all day. He writes me and says that he needs my assignment finalized in two hours because the client needs it-- he previously mentioned that he needed it next Wednesday.
I work on it throughout a meeting which I needed to be paying attention to. Make two significant errors which he catches (didn't eliminate a provision which didn't apply in the jurisdiction, and referred incorrectly to one of the parties as company instead of corporation). I then turn the rest of the docs in at 5, but he wanted them at 2 or 3. There is literally no way I could have gotten it in to him on time. My other meetings were with the top partners in the firm and clients, and I had a lunch with two other partners at an expensive reservation place which the firm had set up weeks ago and would know if I bailed on.
The partner probably thinks I am a loser who doesn't pay attention to simple provisions/ can't follow deadlines. I ran into him in the hallway and we had a really awkward interchange where we both basically looked at the ground and didn't make eye contact while talking.
I am also not going to go crying to him about my workload/ make excuses. I will just work harder. I have another 10 weeks at the firm.
Am I screwed?
Wow. That sounds absurd. You're a summer, you shouldn't have any sort of real responsibilities yet (didn't summer just start?) and that sounds like just a shockingly high workload.
Do you have any sort of associate mentor? Are the other summers being worked as hard as you? Many people just don't have a sense of what people are staffed on. I'd have a conversation w/someone (anyone) you think you can trust and try to figure it all out. I'd also (if the person's reasonable) apologize to the guy about your mistakes, explain that you had conflicting meetings (do NOT mention the lunch - you should have cancelled on that, sorry) and see if there's anything you can do to fix things
Thanks for the advice. I think it was just a communication issue-- the firm doesn't intend for summers to stay late and has been pretty great so far. I could just be overthinking things.