When Nina Godiwalla arrived for her first day on Wall Street (she worked at Morgan Stanley), she was unaware that the thing that would shock her most would be the callous way bankers treat people.
The saddest happened when she found out that a colleague had been found dead in her apartment. She describes what happened in the Wall Street Journal:
Once, when we learned from a newspaper article that our colleague was mysteriously found dead in her apartment, several senior managers crowded in a conference room with fiery faces. It wasn’t the death that had upset them. It turns out the same newspaper article revealed another co-worker’s salary. They were furious about finding out they were getting paid less.
But they were nothing like the stories some of her colleagues told her. She gave a couple examples to the Wall Street Journal:
- During an argument at a team dinner, a senior officer leaned over as if to whisper something in his junior colleagues’ ear and then, according to a witness, took a bite out of it, “Mike Tyson style.”
- A head banker, with a $50 million-plus three-year package was featured in the New York Post for giving an STD to a stripper.