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From: Associate

Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:04 PM

To: Analyst

Subject: wgl

Can you put together a working group list in next hour using template I've previously sent you (vcards attached)?

Contacts are MF, SF, C and me

From: Analyst

Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:35 PM

To: Associate

Subject: RE: wgl

There is really no reason to get testy. I was here all night, you know that, and I am curious as to why you are passing this off to me.

I am aware that it takes 5 minutes to do, but you should know there is a difference between "pushing back" and wondering why (for the 2nd time this week) you are giving me in particular a WGL. I thought that's what staffing is for.

From: Associate

Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:24 PM

To: Analyst

Subject: RE: wgl

There is ABSOLUTELY a reason for me to be upset and let me be clear that you grossly misunderstand how things work.

In banking all nighters are part of the job, not an excuse for an attitude. I spent most of my weekend in the office and have been at work past 3am for 3 days in a row. I'm mature enough to understand that my superiors have their own problems and me not getting too much sleep is not something I should be advertising/whining about. Learn this.

As far as staffing is concerned, do NOT tell me how the system works. If anyone in this firm has a short assignment which they need help on and assistants are gone, they can and will ask you. Unless you want a crap reputation, your attitude to work at this point in your career should be thanks, give me more. Nothing else.

Thanks for the wgl.

From: Analyst

Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:56 PM

To: Associate

Subject: RE: wgl

I am willing to take the high road here and not bicker about this any more. However, under NO circumstances will you to speak to me like that, EVER again. Outranking me is one thing, but condescending is completely unnecessary and insulting is absolutely unacceptable. I sincerely hope you take that to heart immediately.

To be crystal clear, I was not whining, advertising my hours, or "telling you" how anything works. I am well aware of how to maintain a reputation in the workplace. But, because C has given me EVERY assignment so far, no matter the size, I was trying to understand why all of a sudden you are as well. If the system is that any associate can give work to an analyst, I am more than fine with that, but that is not how the staffing system was explained to me. There is a difference between that and pushing back. So, since I "grossly misunderstood" things, let's leave it at that - a misunderstanding.

Finally, if you're "mature enough" to understand your superiors problems, then certainly you are mature enough to clear the air over this. I think it would be beneficial to all parties given that we are working together. I apologize for the misunderstanding, and I have said my peace.

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