Q: Recently I was passed over for making partner, while someone who started with me made partner. I know I sound like I’m suffering from a bad case of sour grapes, but I’m at a loss as to why he made it and I didn’t.

His work is mediocre, and his judgment isn’t very sound. What he does do is rack up a ridiculous number of hours (due to dedication or incompetence, it’s not clear) and he is right in there with one of the heavy hitters of the firm. They schmooze together all the time, take off to play golf, have the same practical-joking, jock-type mentality. (I don’t play golf.) I can’t help feeling extremely resentful that the criteria for making partner seem so personal and political rather than based on smarts.

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