LaLiLuLeLo wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
LaLiLuLeLo wrote:Speaking of asshole midlevels what's TCR for avoiding work with known assholes?
Be generally busy with work for non-assholes and say that. Make the person trying to pull you on an assignment go through two other partners to get you.
Asshole midlevels are often the product of asshole partners - either they were trained by them or they are hypersensitive when working for them. What you don't want is a situation where they try and cajole you into joining matters (because the asshole partner asked them who is a good junior and they throw you under the bus).
Practice this conversation: "hey [asshole midlevel] that new assignment sounds great. Can I get it to you end of next week? I've just got to get an assignment out for [list all other assignments] but then I'm freed up."
They may kick and yell, but ultimately they do not want to make waves by going to other partners and cutting in line.
Makes sense. I guess I'm more worried if I'm not legitimately busy when the asshole mid level comes knocking.
You might be able to swing it more generally as "I'm on X,Y, Z matters right now let me check if there's anything big coming down the pike," but sometimes there is nothing you can do- your number is up.
The thing to remember is that asshole midlevels carry no weight come review time. They may be able to get you blocked from working on matters they are on, but that's about it.
Asshole partners, on the other hand, can cause you problems, but the junior partners who do most of the development and admin stuff have all worked for them too, they know they are tough, and they aren't going to fire you solely because that person gave you a bad review (but they aren't going to go out of their way to protect you from them if you have a particularly jarring experience.)