My secretary is a disaster. One of my supervising partners has an awesome secretary. She has an opening on her desk, and I’m thinking of trying to get her. Is it a bonus or a burden to share a secretary with my boss?
Burden. Don’t do it. First off, the secretary will totally blow off your work for your boss’s work. She’ll answer your phones, but that’s about it. Second, you’ll never be able to sneak out of the office to play hooky or go on interviews because your secretary will feel awkward about lying to her other, more senior boss. The best part of a secretary is having said secretary cover your ass when the boss is looking for you. If she is also your boss’s secretary, she won’t be able to play dumb (or won’t want to play dumb) when her other boss—i.e., her real boss—is hunting you down. Your goal should be to share a secretary with the most junior person possible—and someone who has little or nothing to do with your career.
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