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By The Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Employers have a decidedly negative view of the so-called millennial generation, seeing those in the demographic as having poor work habits and inflated pay demands.

That's the upshot from a new study examining the professional outlook for people in their 20s, known collectively as Generation Y.

Many employers prize Gen Y workers for their perceived facility with technology and social media. But 47 percent of the bosses surveyed said millennials have a poor work ethic, 46 percent said they're easily distracted, and 51 percent said they have unrealistic compensation expectations, according to the study by research firm Millennial Branding and financial giant American Express.

The survey polled 1,000 Gen Y employees and 1,000 managers in March.

The appraisal of the higher-ups contrasts with the upbeat view that Gen Y workers have of their bosses. Among millennials answering the survey, 59 percent said their managers have experience, and 41 percent said they think their bosses have wisdom.

Gen Y workers have a big desire for mentoring, according to the study, but only 33 percent of those polled said their bosses were willing to do so.

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