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Am I a 'former associate at Company XYZ' or a 'former associate of Company XYZ'?

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  • I think you can be an associate of a person, at a company. – Barmar Jul 6 '15 at 21:49
  • What examples have you found on the internet? – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '15 at 22:20
  • @EdwinAshworth that's my issue, it's hard to search in Google - I'm coming up with a lot of 'Associate of Science Degree' and associate as a verb – TheNally Jul 6 '15 at 22:37
  • Try "associate of" -"science" -"arts" // "associate at". – Edwin Ashworth Jul 6 '15 at 22:38
  • I have found: "Janet Lastname is an Associate of Zinner & Company" - although this may be ambiguous because Zinner is a person's last name...? – TheNally Jul 6 '15 at 22:39
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It depends what you mean by "associate". In some organizations, "Associate" is the name of a position (or a role), not a description of your relationship with the company.

For instance, in many management consulting companies, you will start at the company as an "Analyst" when you arrive from university, and with a few years' service, you will later be promoted to an "Associate". (I believe the reverse applies in a minority of smaller English investment banks.)

http://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salary/McKinsey-and-Company-Salaries-E2893.htm http://news.efinancialcareers.com/uk-en/167611/banks-weird-hierarchies-analysts-associates-vps-mds-really/

In that case, you can say "I am a former Associate at Bob & Company LLC" if indeed you held the title of "Associate". That is what I understood from your post.

If you mean informally, you merely had some association with the company at some point—perhaps you were a contractor supplying services to Bob & Company, or perhaps you wish to be unspecific about your exact relationship with Bob&Co, you could say "I am a former associate of Bob & Company". (However, I think this usage is a bit strange because a person cannot really be an associate of a corporation—you can only associate with people at the corporation.)

  • you've got it - thanks for the detailed explanation. – TheNally Jul 7 '15 at 20:49

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