I am a Principal working for a couple of partners outside my industry at the moment. I have led a a pretty successful project for them and looks like it will sell on. Everything great with client but internal partners treat me like garbage. I am now used to personal attacks and completely disrespectful interactions from them. It’s uncalled for and it’s making me hate my job. I don’t want to complain as it will probably hurt me long term, but any advice on why I should do

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Switch firm, switch team, work on other projects, make them aware. Even tho it’s kinda odd for me, a more junior person, to give advice to a more senior folk like you, but I see the same thing happening to all of the colleagues, from A to Director, at my firm as well. Half of the Directors / senior managers in my team left the firm because of one single partner being an asshole and treating everyone like garbage. There are great partners / MDs, and toxic ones at all firms. Worst part is toxic partners won’t change if people keep allowing them to do so. If the long term career trajectory and the $$ are worthwhile, you could let them to treat you in the same way. If not, voice out, look for other opportunities, and let them know they probably need you more than you need them.

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Wow it’s appalling that it’s happening at principal level, especially when everyone knows how many hours they put into the job, sometimes managing 2-3 projects at once + handing the selling. I am so sorry for you, I thought it was a marginal phenomenon that only happened to EMs and lower. To be honest and transparent, there aren’t many options: if they are outside your industry, this means you likely won’t work with them again after the resell so you don’t say anything and take it for a couple more months. Or you escalate the issue to the relevant head of the practice and prepare your arguments ...

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How do the partners treat their own people? I’ve experienced practices where the people are just generally more aggressive and it’s not necessarily personal. In that case complaining wouldn’t help anyway. Maybe you ask your CA for support? They can at least give you some tips on how to deal with the other partners since I assume they know them or even have a discussion with them themselves?

Principal here as well. Feel free to DM me. I’m home grown, and if nothing else I can almost definitely connect you to other Principals in that practice group who can offer support / background on the individuals in question.

Can you talk with partners in your actual practice?

I’m sorry. Agree with BCG1 - get out as soon as you can, and make sure your network knows what is going on. Also worth figuring out if they are deliberately terrible vs have no social skills. If it’s not intentional, you could think about ways to get feedback to them anonymously

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