I have been listening to the MT podcasts for a while and absolutely love them. They have been spot on. I've done a search but cannot really find a specific response to the issue I have so here goes...
I recently got a job as a summer analyst. The hiring process was long (6 interviews) but a good fit for me as a I have: 1) the right education and skills and 2) speak the local language that they do a lot of business in overseas (no one else in the office speaks this obscure language, including the people directly above me). I've been working hard (12-15 hrs/day + weekends) and am happy to do so and love what I am doing. While no explicit promises were made, it was said by the MD that hired me, that if the business does well, I may be able to continue with a full time offer in the fall.
HOWEVER, I am in a bit of a jam. As a summer analyst, I am the lowest person on the totem pole (and rightfully so). I work with one FT analyst and a FT associate. Last night, I overheard the analyst complaining to the associate about his compensation and his fear that if new people are hired, he will not get a raise. The analyst then explicitly asked the associate to "make sure no one else gets hired" after the summer. The associate did not say anything to correct him or let him know that what he said was not appropriate. They did not seem to know I was there, and then I made a bit of noise to announce my presence and the analyst seemed very flustered after he realized I overheard him. They are good friends and are unable to leave the company because of their work visas.
This is very awkward for me since they both, technically, are above me and are my bosses. I have an OK relationship with the MD that hired me, but am unsure how much he knows about what I am doing. Further, if these two are willing to throw me under the bus for the sake of a few dollars more, my performance seems to be irrelevant. I would also expect that since these people are senior to me, if they say they do not want to work with me, it would carry a lot of weight. The MD is tough, but fair, but also really busy and not around much. I can't really present him my work, because I report to the associate.
So the question is: what do I do? Is there even anything I can do?