It will eventually reach the ears of whom you're talking about.
For my part I can't say I've never talked smack about anyone. Hell I think it's pretty obvious I have a doctorate in bitching and whining so ripping someone a new asshole in friendly banter among colleagues is just natural.
That being said, I've always made sure to do my best to ensure that I don't mind if what I say about someone reaches their ears. This means that if I've talked shit about someone and they confront me, I'll already have a class A argument to not only defend my stance, but to communicate any and every reason of why they're on my shit list. It hasn't happened often, but I've always been as honest as possible because I don't like wasting energy on hypochrisy if it can be avoided.
Why am I talking about this? Well a few reasons actually. For starters, not two weeks had passed since I'd left when the CD I'd worked for had put words in my mouth regarding the reasons why I left and had talked smack about me just to cover his own ass. From reading that or frequenting this blog, you might think I was the ultra problematic copywriter who would never yield to client requests and who never did anything with love or the genuine desire of success for the clients for whom I helped create advertising for.
True, advertising might suck more than a black hole, but it was still my job and if anything, I've always prided myself on doing as much as is allowed by boxed in clients, to work towards something that is strategically sound yet within their comfort zone. Obviuosly I've always welcomed, cherished, adored and made the most out of every chance I was told to go batshit, but the fact of the matter is that most times, the accounts I had weren't the most fun and I had to work towards a consensus so as the client could be happy and I wouldn't want to rip the flesh off my skin every time I saw an advert I'd worked on. This was the same for any client who wasn't literally a waste of time, money, effort, energy and oxygen, and lets face it, there are a couple of clients that just seem to be destined to make the life of the team working on their crap, a living hell. But even with stuck up assholes, I always stuck to the gameplan of at least making them happy and ensuring the best possible work flow for that account as long as I worked it. So to hear this hack say that type of shit about me is doubly offending since he later called me for help on two different occassions.
What I'm trying to get at though is that this prancing nancy opened his mouth and said something. Something I'm not totally happy about hearing since I left a generous chunk of my essence in exchange for a paycheck, some takeout food and a whole lot of grief. So if that person said something, and I found about it about a week later, do you really think mid to low level addions are exempt? Do you think that AE isn't conscious of your desire to put mace into her tortilla soup? Do you think that art director doesn't know you fantasize about shoving their shitty artwork up their ass? Do you think the copywriter doesn't know the traffic director rejoices that they got a Power Mac with Windows 95? I didn't think so. So take it from me, if you're going to say it, mean it and don't back down when someone confronts you about it.
I know it's great entertainment for me, but you should see how silly you look.